The firsts maintained their slender lead at the top of the Premier Division with a great victory at 3rd place Leicester Ivanhoe. Batting first the boys posted 195/8 from their allocation of 50 overs with PJ continuing his fine form with a top score 69. There must have been some doubt that this would be enough against arguably the strongest batting line up in the league but the bowlers came to the party in style to dismiss the hosts for just 102 in 38 overs.
Drives continued his resurgence with 3/24, Daz weighed in with 3/22, Cobby took 2/13 whilst the timeless Bash bagged 2/17 and Broughts finished with an economical 0/18.Unfortunately the confidence from the victory failed to take the boys to victory in the cup against Lutterworth on Sunday. Some great batting from CPM and Fabes enabled us to set a challenging 214 off 40 overs. However, the bowlers were unable to repeat their heroics of 24 hours earlier and Lutterworth got home with 2 balls to spare on the back of an unbeaten century from Craig WIlson.
The 2’s also suffered at the hands of league leaders Lutterworth at Fleckney Rd on Saturday as they slipped to a 7 wicket defeat.
The 3’s enjoyed a big winning draw against Weldon as Bhavik showed he is back in the groove with a top score 71 in a score of 222/7 of their allocation of 50 overs. He was well supported by some cameo performances from a sleep deprived Wilko, Chilli and Rob Ellwood. In response all of the bowlers bowled tightly, with the happy go lucky Jonny B returning 2/24 and generating some good pace as Weldon finished on 156/5 from their 50 overs.
The 3rds are now just 13 points off an automatic promotion place in Division 4 of the Northamptonshire League and have all to play for in the final stretch.
The 4’s resurgence continued with a maximum point win at Shepshed Messengers II’s. Batting first a small total looked on the cards at 137/3 with 11 overs remaining and with the Pounds boys both in the hutch (JP hit 49 whilst DP proved again he was no match for mediocre bowling!), and Ian Blunt perishing for a hard worked 32. Sam Pounds was joined at the creased by Jack Allen and they plundered 100 from the next 7 overs as the skipper was able to declare on 247/5 after 42 overs. Sam made a fine 62 and Jack finished unbeaten on a seasons bet 62 from 19 balls.
The skipper paired Ben Lodge with Jonesy for the new ball and he responded with 2 early wickets and Shepshed were on the back foot. The introduction of Sam Pounds bought more misery for the hosts as wickets fell regularly before a stubborn 6th wicket stand threatened to undo all of the good work. The introduction of debutant ( and good garden cricketer according to cousin Lodgy!) Nick Walsh (pictured at top), did the trick as he took a great caught and bowled to break the resistance. The reintroduction of Sam ended the innings swiftly as he ended with 5/19 to cap a fine all round performance and with Ben on 3/45 the 24 points were in the bag and the boys now sit in the automatic promotion places and just 19 points off top spot