In a season so far where at times our cricket has frustrated us, we have always held a belief that we could stay in the picture for the league title. Having been written off at the start of the season in the Mercury, we did have our tails up and a flying start against the new boy’s in the division.
All the sides we know have on their day the ability to beat anyone. The difference would be the strength in depth of squads and the ability to steer clear of injuries, weddings, barmitsvahs, christening, holidays and deadly woodworking machinery and the start/end of football season.
Anyway, having clung on for a losing draw in the first weekend of may against a lively Sileby, it was pleasing to bring a win home. Strength in depth showed a change of personnel meant a win. Parky returning to 1st team colours and showing his experience and selector in the role he enjoys most (no not centre half!) but a gritty seeing us home knock.
We have been hoping for some of the other sides to perhaps nick some points off the top 3 and a big ton from a trevor ward, a all round performance from tom flowers, a Thorpe side in big form or a devastating day from Craig Wilson and the top 3 could all be vulnerable. At last this week when we won, the others did indeed slip up. A few weeks ago when harbro were rain affected, we didn’t close the gap.
Now just 20 points separate us and harbro at the top and 19 harbro and 11 from sileby. Not only do we have to play the top 2 in August back to back, but Sileby also have to play them both. Harbro are at Home to barkby and should flowers and kanizay fire, there is a chance of denying some points and loughboro are at home to Thorpe, on the back of a grobblaar performance last week of old. Lutterworth host sileby and when that batting line up gets going, they could be hard to beat at home.
Selector has had to juggle the squad and a fine example of a club ethos. Debuts from some younger lads and those lads coming in from the 2’s have performed superbly and in their place the lads from the 3’s have kept the top 3 finish alive and the 3’s are well on for another shove up the league along with the 4’s.
Cup action continues this weekend with the t20 semi final and final at home. Ivanhoe have relished their cup run and whilst league form hasn’t gone their way, the freedom of a 20 over format may suit them. Selector goes with a big squad with a number of scenarios possible.
2 wins takes the club on a trip to Derbyshire to play the regional final then should success be ours, a Mid August Regional final and the lure of a September 19th Finals day at Essex CCC. Lots of if’s and but’s but we are still in the mix.
A county cup final place at grace road in September at stake on 7th August with a home tie against loughboro, not easy but having snuck home in the national, maybe the cup run will continue.
8 weeks left before the winter and a lot to play for as a club and plenty to be involved with on and off the field. A very strong under 15’s &17’s will end era’s as they either move up an age group or finish their junior cricket for KCC having moved through the system.
Keep yourselves fit, injury free and if you are using dangerous mechanical machinery, make sure you are following all health and safety guidelines.