Cleveland look to build on momentum
Kristian Singh has warned Cleveland County’s Twenty20 First Division rivals that his in-form side are gunning for title glory this season.
Having suffered defeat in their season opener, Cleveland have bounced back in style, with Sunday’s 94-run win Devonshire Recreation Club signalling a third successive victory to keep pressure on Warwick Workmen’s Club, who hold a ten-point advantage at the top of the table.
With the incentive of receiving a bye at the quarter-finals of the league’s knockout stage, Singh has challenged his side to build on their momentum and secure not only top spot, but also an automatic passage through to the semi-finals.
“We’re all really pleased with how things are going at the moment especially after three wins on the spin,” Singh said.
“The aim for us is to win the tournament and this just puts us in a better position for when the play-offs come around. Hopefully this can help towards giving us a more favourable draw if we reach the later rounds.
“Hopefully we can maintain our current form and ultimately go on and win this tournament.”
Much like Cleveland, Singh’s personal upturn in form has mirrored that of his club’s. Despite scoring just three runs, batting at No 7 in the opening day 12-run defeat to Somerset Bridge, the all-rounder has gone on to score a minimum of 40 runs over his last three appearances having been promoted to the top of the batting order.
In an unfortunate episode, Singh narrowly missed the opportunity to score his second half-century of the season on Sunday, being forced off with dehydration, unaware he was on 49 runs at the time.
Despite the misfortune, he is determined to continue contributing to his side’s cause and setting a strong foundation to build on.
“I got dehydrated because of the heat out at the wicket,” added Singh, who among the league’s top-five batting rankings with 145-runs from his four appearances.
“At that point in time I wasn’t entirely sure of my total, had I know I was on 49 I would have stayed out there got another single and walked straight off.
“This season I’ve scored close to a number of half-centuries and hopefully I can keep helping my team by making strong contributions and putting runs on the board.
“There is an expectation when you open the batting to give the team a good start. Thankfully this season I’ve managed to do just that and help make it easier for others to do their jobs. When everyone is able top do their individual jobs those wins should keep coming.”
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