The 1’s entertained Ashby on Saturday looking to get themselves back into the title race after a disappointing few weeks which had seen them drop more points than were ideal against Syston and Harborough.
A couple of changes saw a long awaited First Team debut for young Matt Bashford, and a return from injury for broken finger victim Darren Shaw.
After a couple of early appeals were turned down the seamers started to get their reward and Ashby were dismissed for just 95 in 27 overs with “bash” finishing with 2/24, Broughts 2/22, Daz 1/21 and a welcome return to big wickets for Drives who finished with 5/25.
In response Saif ensured no jug by getting himself out for 49 , whilst Craven ensured that he would use his red biro again by crawling to an unbeaten 19.
On Sunday the boys ensured a 3rd consecutive Challenge Cup Final, where they will meet Harborough at Hinckley in September, by comfortably beating League Champions Loughborough.
In a game reduced by rain to 32 overs the hosts were dismissed for just 128 in the face of some terrific bowling from Broughts and Drives who finished with 4/31 and 3/26 respectively.
In response it was Craven and PJ’s turn to ensure that they kept their hands in their pockets by getting out just short of 50 but it was left to Aadil and Pedro to ensure that victory by 7 wickets was achieved with 9 balls to spare.
The 2’s returned from Loughborough with a great winning draw on the back of a brilliant century from Pedro as the backbone of 260/7, well supported by a cameo 40 odd from Fido who continued his fine form.
The 3’s were well beaten at Bowden where our much vaunted batting line up were skittled for 119, leaving the lads with a bit of work to do to get back on track in the promotion race.
The 4’s managed to fulfil their fixture in spite of severe selection problems but looked a little light at only posting 143 against Billesdon.
However, the boys fought like Tigers in the field and some brilliant bowling from Beev’s, Chris Carson, Jay and a one legged Spiro ensured that we were only a blatant LBW decision away from bagging an against the odds win.