On Friday 1st July we took 2 Kwiks teams to Illston Abbey. This was meant to be a tri-team tournament but unfortunately Gilmorton didn’t show. To ensure that all the children got a game we agreed to play 7 aside (3 Kibworth teams and one from Illston), mixing players from Illston with our teams to make up the numbers. This helped us to play 2 games against Illston but meant that one team had to satisfy themselves with playing the other Kibworth sides.
Our first game (Team Pietersen) chose to field first, putting Illston into bat. It was a close fought game with Illston scoring 258 runs in their 7 ovens and 2 wickets being taken to help restrict them to this total. When Kibworth batted we got off to a slow start and lost a wicket early on, making the run chase very difficult. After 7 overs we managed to reach 241 runs, losing the game by 17 runs in the end. Illston bowled fantastically well and are without doubt the best bowling side I have seen so far this season. Well played to them.
In the second game Team Morgan faced the same Illston side who this time decided to bowl first. Once again their bowling kept us pinned back although Team Morgan did well to only lose one wicket (on the first ball) throughout the game. However, we struggled to score off the tight bowling and only managed to reach 231. Illston then batted and things looked very tight after the first ball thanks to a stunning catch on the boundary by Will Jacklin (the highlight of the evening) which raised a round of applause from all watching. Through to the end of the 5th over there was only 7 runs. From there though Illston let loose finally racking up a massive 273 scoring over 20 in the 6th over alone.
All of the kids worked hard and enjoyed their evening out. Thank you to everyone for turning out and all the parents for their support.