A large crowd gathered at Fleckney Rd on Monday evening to cheer on the Under 17’s in their district play off against Barwell.
The KCC side showed a number of changes with Mahang Patel and Jack Houlihan stepping up from Under 13 duty, and were also without their inspirational coach ‘PJ’ who was exploring Manchester for the night!
Batting first, Kibworth’s innings never really got started against some really accurate bowling from the visitors attack. Only Laurence Joel and Harrison Norton briefly managed to gain any momentum and there was disappointment that there was an inability to rotate the strike and pick up the numerous singles that were on offer. The innings ended spectacularly, with 4 wickets in 4 balls and with John Butler left stranded at the non strikers end as a score of 76 was posted, and we failed to use up our full allocation of overs.
Something special was needed with the ball if the unbeaten record was to be maintained and Oliver Lodge took a wicket in his first over to get the ball rolling. But the real fireworks came at the other end as John Butler showed real fire as he took 3 wickets in his 4 overs to rip the top order apart. It was a fearsome display of fast bowling and continues the great form that he has shown in senior cricket over the last few weeks. The ‘spin twins’ Ben Lodge and Mahang Patel kept things tight and the 3 other seamers, Harrison Norton, Monik Patel and Chris Carson maintained the pressure on the batsmen. The bowlers were well backed up in the field and a great catch on the deep square leg boundary by John Butler and a fantastic run out by Ben Lodge demonstrated that there was to be no let up.
The innings ended with a victory by 15 runs to set up a semi-final against Loughborough, hopefully at KCC. A tremendous win against all the odds and congratulations to the boys who now face one more hurdle to end the season with a perfect record.
On tuesday it was the turn of the Under 13’s to take centre stage as they entertained a strong Stoughton and Thurnby side in a thrilling and dramatic District playoff.
Batting first, Stoughton set a tough looking target of 111 for 4 from their 20 overs and Kibworth always looked to be under pressure in the run chase. However, strong batting from Josh Moore, Mahang Patel & Jack Bellamy (who all scored 25) ensured that we won with one ball to spare. A a fantastic game coming to an end when Ed Wall (pictured) capped a fine performance by hitting the winning boundary to seal a semi-final place against CCA this Sunday.