A great weekend for our 4 senior teams as each one recorded an important victory in the vital run in to the end of the season.
The firsts faced a tricky game away at Broomleys, who had beaten Harborough the previous week to throw the Premier League title race wide open.
Batting first, the boys posted 265/7 from their allocated 50 overs with skipper Matt Craven continuing his purple patch with another dry half century. He was well supported by a ‘run a ball’ 43 from Charlie Page Morris and a fine unbeaten 85 from Andy Smith, both players finding great form for the season run in.
In response, Brromleys made a fine start and were 80/1 at 20 overs, and it took the introduction of spin from Tim Mason (4/16). and Aadil Ali
(2/5), to turn things around as the hosts were dismissed for 126 in 43 overs and a 22 point lead was maintained at the top of the league with 4 to play.
The 2’s were captained by rookie Dave Whitmore as they entertained promotion chasing Cropston at Fleckney Rd. Batting first we posted 177/5 on the back of 47 from Luke SPence and an excellent 59 from Bhavik Patel. In response, a tremendous bowling performance from an attack where the oldest performer was only 23, dismissed Cropston’s star studded batting line up for 147. All of the bowlers performed admirably, but mention to Joe Cuthbert (3/47) and skipper Dave Whitmore (3/27), who lined up at the death to send a huge crowd delirious as wickets tumbled.
The thirds suffered migraines and fainting on the way to a resounding win at Wellingborough. The hosts were dismissed for 128, with Chris Hill and in form Jon Butler taking 7 wickets between them.
In response, an unbeaten 62 from Steve Thompson, well supported by Dave Greenhalgh and Craig Newby, ensured that any remote weather threat was taken out of the equation as they romped home by 7 wickets with 15 overs to spare. The lads remain in 3rd place and well placed to get into the automatic promotion places.
The 4th team juggernaut rolled on in even more emphatic fashion as they recorded their 5th straight win at Quorn.
Bowling first, the skipper elected to use the unusual opening partnership of Lee Butler and Ben Lodge. Both took wickets in their first overs and Ben’s first 4 overs were also maidens. Some middle order resistance looked to be setting the platform for a decent total, but the return of Lodge (5/49) ensured that the innings ended on 137 all out.
The total never looked challenging for a powerful looking KCC batting line up, but in actuality the big guns stayed in the hutch as the Pounds boys powered us home to a 10 wicket win, with 20 overs left to bowl (see picture at top of article!). A tremendous all round performance has put the lads on the brink of a second automatic promotion, and with 3 of the top 5 to play in the run in, no side will want to face the lads at the moment.