Pride of place this weekend went to the 4ths, who bounced back into promotion contention with a big winning draw against Ashby Hastings at Fleckney Rd. After surprisingly being asked to bat first on a rock hard Abbo special, the only surprise was that Dave Pounds managed to get himself out caught with his score only in the 20’s. Luckily his brother John ensured that he took full advantage with a well constructed (but jug avoiding!) 96! There was no hint of bitterness from brother Dave as he proclaimed that John thrives on poor bowling whereas he himself requires more of a challenge!
John was well supported by the under pressure Tom Bale who belied his recent poor form by hitting an unbeaten 101 as the skipper declared with the score on 271/4 from 43 overs. all out from 42 overs
In response, the bowling attack which was missing Messrs Jones, Lodge, Sam Pounds and Miller stepped up to the plate in spectacular fashion to quickly reduce our guests to 23/4. The damage was done by seasonal debutant Ravi Tank who took 3 wickets in his first 4 overs and Harrison Norton who tore in from the other end showing great pace.
Ravi and Harrison were replaced by “spin twins” Tom Bale and Jay Chauhan and they continued the stranglehold on the scoring rate and Bale’s golden day continued with 3 wickets to seal his inaugural MVP award.
Some stubborn lower order resilience made wickets hard to come by and in spite of trying to entice some aggression with the introduction of Dave Pounds and Lee Butler, Ashby finished 9 down and we had a 19 point haul to show for our toils.
Wayward bowling prevented the 1’s from exerting any kind of control over the Syston batsmen as they made their way to 271/6 from their allocation of 50 overs. In response, only Aamir, Saif and Fido offered any response by getting above 30 and a bad day was compounded when last man Joe was run out in the penultimate over as the lads slipped to an 85 run defeat.
The 2’s travelled to bottom of the table Shepshed with hopes high after a strong few weeks but returned with tales between their legs having been beaten by 4 wickets.
The 3’s travelled to Geddington looking to continue their promotion charge but stuttered to an unexpected 52 run defeat as they could only muster 152 all out from 42 overs, with only Chris Hill, Henry Simpson and Steve Matthew making it above 20