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Century knock by Singh leaves Wolves in strong position

By Ian Callender

An undefeated century by Simi Singh was the highlight of the opening day of Ireland Wolves' three-day game against Gloucestershire II in Rockhampton.

Singh, one of eight full internationals in the team, finished 107 not out after more than four hours in the middle when the Wolves were bowled out for 330. In the 13 overs remaining before close, Peter Chase, Craig Young and Nathan Smith failed to make a breakthrough as Gloucestershire reduced the deficit by 40.

Singh came to the middle at 72 for four, which was a recovery from 24 for three after skipper Jack Tector (12), Sean Terry (1) and John Anderson (4) were all back in the pavilion inside nine overs, but James McCollum was standing firm.

The Waringstown opener added 48 for the fourth wicket with James Shannon (19) and went to his 50 from 108 balls with seven fours.

He was out almost immediately afterwards, but Singh scored 58 in the afternoon session from 129 balls in a patient, disciplined innings. He lost Lorcan Tucker, caught behind for 18, but Shane Getkate, a late replacement for young pace bowler David Delany who cut the back of his hand at the weekend, scored quickly at the other end, his 43 coming off just 50 balls with four fours and two sixes.

Jacob Mulder hit two fours and was also caught behind after facing just six balls but Nathan Smith saw Singh to his century before he was bowled by Gloucestershire's best bowler Matt Taylor, one of four who have played county cricket this season.

No 11 Craig Young lasted only two balls to leave Singh not out, having faced 191 balls and hit 14 fours and two sixes.

Young, in his first bowl for two weeks, sent down four overs for 16 runs while Peter Chase, who is not batting in the match, conceded 13 at the other end from five overs.

Scores: Ireland Wolves 330 (88.4 overs, S Singh 107 not out, J McCollum 52, S Getkate 43, N Smith 30; M Taylor 4-54) Gloucestershire II 40-0. Today 11am-6.30pm.

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