The 1’s entertained Market Harborough on Saturday looking to bounce back into title contention with a win.
Batting first Cravens boys lost Saif and PJ early and were indebted to good knocks from the skipper himself (a jug avoiding 49), Aadil (51 and jug due) and John Hanger (77 and no chance of a jug!), as they recovered well to set a tough target of 265 and bag maximum batting points.
In response 12 overs were lost as a non verbal storm was added to the mix and Harborough closed on 190/5 and a one point advantage was gained for the efforts of the team.
Whist not the result that we wanted, sadly the afternoon would be remembered as much for the verbal exchanges as the cricket.
On Sunday Craven added another 2 jugs to his tab as he smashed 131 in the cup at Sileby as a huge win by 104 runs was secured, with Aamir adding to the jug count with 5 wickets.
The 2’s returned with a fantastic winning draw at Barkby having posted 246 from their 45 overs on the back of a double jug avoiding 99 from Asif and a welcome 80 from CPM adding to the jug count.
In response Barkby were restricted to 206/8 with another impressive 3 wicket haul for the improving Whitty and 2 for Bails.
The 3’s returned a dramatic win against Kempston having restricted their opponents to 185/7 off 50 overs with 3 wickets each for happy go luck JB, Tej and Tom Bale.
In response, steady knocks from Simmo Jnr (34), Poundsey (28 and thriving on better bowling), Bouch (“oh my goodness i got a 57”), kept us on track before JB ended the game with an over to spare.
The 4’s travelled to Electricity Sports having won the main battle of turning 5 on Thursday to 10 on Saturday. On a fast scoring ground the hosts totalled 233/7 which was a great effort by all the bowlers and fielders with 3 wickets for Sam Pounds, 2 for the red faced Chairman and 1 for the “returning after 8 years” Jenko.
In response all was going pretty well before the rain break with Joel Senior and Blunty punishing some wayward bowling. Unfortunately only batting to 4 was to prove a problem once the rain had turned a docile pitch into a minefield and we were dismissed for 76. However, everyone can hold their heads up at putting up a tough performance.