Skipper Raises Spirits as 1′s Romp to Cup Semi Final Victory
After the huge disappointment of crushing defeat in the league to Ivanhoe on Saturday, Skipper Matt Craven led from the front as he hit an unbeaten century in a thrilling win against Syston 24 hours later.
Syston set a challenging target of 220 (ish’ as nothing on Play Cricket to go on i am afraid and so reliant on my own memory!)…on the back of some fine batting during the latter stages of their innings.
A good start by Craven and Fabes threatened to fall flat as Aadi added some Karma to the previous weeks efforts by getting himself run out this week. However, no fear as Daz joined the skipper and decided that variety was the spice of life by delivering an unbeaten half century.
Craves bought up his ton in fine style with a 6, and in spite of the fact that he will be unbearable in the bar afterwards, it is great to see him find his form at the right stage of the season.
On Saturday the 1′s were well beaten by 7 wickets at Ivanhoe in spite of another 50 for Daz, 40 from Fabian and 38 from young Monik.
Ivanhoe reached their total of 203 with 11 balls to spare to inflict a damaging defeat.
The 2′s entertained Cropston at Fleckney Rd and paid the price for slow scoring as they registered 178/5 batting first. Bhavik top scored with 49 and there was some welcome momentum added by Fido with a brik unbeaten 31 from 24 balls.
In response, in spite of 2 quick wickets from young pace men Tej and JB a third wicket partnership of 85 swung things back in Cropston’s favour. In truth they never relinquished their grip and came safely home with 4 overs to spare.
The result leaves the 2′s clinging on to the leaders in Division 1 and they will be hoping for a strong second half of the season and the return of some key players.
The 3′s entertained Woolaston at Fleckney Rd and in spite of 4/46 from Callum Wordsworth could only restrict their guests to 218.
In response, a mid order collapse put paid to victory hopes and only Ian Simpson (31), Matt Bashford (28) and a cool unbeaten 22 from Harry Miller showed much resistance.
A disappointing result after the euphoria of the previous week and the boys will be looking to bounce back next week to get back up the table.
The 4′s welcomed leaders Leicester Carribean to KCC and a fine effort in the fiedl kept the score down to 220 with Sam Pounds being the pick of the bowlers with 1/29 from his 11 overs.
In response, Loz Joel batted well for 33, but it was a 15 over rearguard action from Chairman and Harry Miller (45 not out), which secured a hard fought draw.
Historic Day for KCC Ladies
Saturday 5th July saw the first intra-squad fixture for the newly created Kibworth Ladies Cricket team. After a quick practice in the nets, including some accelerated bowling coaching, 11 players took to the field. Sam Walsh (Captaining Team 1) won the toss against opposing captain Sophie Tweddle (Captaining Team 2) and had no hesitation in inserting them into bat.
The youthful opening partnership of Tweddle and Natalie Wall got Team 2 off to a promising start before Laura Scott claimed her first ever wicket caught behind by some nifty glovework from Walsh. Another quick wicket from Scott put Team 2 under early pressure. Enter Alison Millyard, who in her first ever cricket innings bludgeoned a quickfire 27* including five 4’s before retiring. Wickets fell at regular intervals at the other end before Wall and Tweddle returned to the crease to confidently guide Team 2 to a score of 117-7 from their 20 overs. Wickets were shared between Scott (3-25) Alex Cook (1-20) Kim Blewett (1-32) and Walsh (3-24).
After some tea and time in the shade, Alison Wall and Walsh took to the crease. Wall was caught well at point in the first over by Blewett off the bowling of Tweddle, who doubled her tally in her following over. That however brought Cook to the crease, who, despite claiming not to bat, played beautifully to reach 25* before retiring out. Lexy Sosbe’s economical bowling eventually brought reward (and a delighted reaction) as she uprooted middle stump to end stubborn resistance from Fran Baker. Alison Wall returned to the crease and, along with Walsh (34 over 2 not out innings), took the team over the line in the final over. A special mention in the field to Emma Richardson whose handball skills transferred seamlessly to the cricket pitch. Wickets for Tweddle (2-48) Sosbe (1-22) and Natalie Wall (1-21).
All present agreed it was a very promising start for the team that will stand them in good stead for their upcoming tournament on August 3rd. If anyone is interested in getting involved please contact Sam via e mail at:- KibworthLadiesCricket@gmail.com.
Annual Bowls Match V Kibworth Bowls Club
Thursday August 14th 6.15pm for 6.30pm
This year guest skipper Paul Abbott will be organising a team to travel all the way across Fleckney Road for our annual fixture against the bowls club. The bowls club are excellent hosts and generous with their patience and guidance to inexperienced players – so players of all ages and abilities are welcome. If you can make it please speak with Abbo or sign your name on the sheet in the clubhouse.
ECB Fixtures at KCC
As the climax of the season approaches we are getting ready to host a series of national finals at KCC and the outcome of four separate competitions will be decided on our ground during August and September. We are extremely proud to to have been chosen for so many finals and in addition to the kudos it brings to the club the events are also a major source of income. As always we are looking for volunteers to help out on the day. We need KCC members to assist with the ground and car parking, with the bar and with the very busy catering team. If you can assist at one or more of the events please speak with either Steve or Jan Ellwood.
Under 15 County Championships – Thursday and Friday August 21/22nd
Under 17 County Championships – Sunday August 31st
Over 50 County Championship – Sunday September 14th
ECB Ladies Premiership Knock Out – Saturday and Sunday September 21/22nd
Forthcoming Cricket Dates for your Diary
Sunday July 27th – U13 stage 1 national knockout game at Cambridge Granta
Sunday August 3rd – League Cup Final KCC v Loughborough at Hinckley
Sunday August 24th – Annual Six Aside Competition at KCC
Sunday September 14th – Presidents Day featuring a match as part of our 10 year celebration of our first Cockspur Cup victory.
Social Membership Subscriptions are now overdue
Our aim is to make KCC the best place to learn,play and watch cricket and an active social scene is an integral part of that plan. Our planning and licencing rules require us to operate as a private members club and to comply, all regular users of the bar are required to be social members of the club. Visiting spectators and those attending private functions are exempt. Social membership costs £20 per household per year and gives you access to our great clubhouse with free Wi-Fi, Sky & BT sports and the chance to be a part of a great community. If you have previously been a member we should have your details on file so all you need to do is put £20 in an envelope with your name on the front and hand in at the bar. If this will be your first year please complete a membership form which can also be found at the bar.