It was the turn of 2 of our youngsters to steal the show on Saturday at Sileby as the 1’s emerged with a winning draw, and 19 points to maintain the 22 point cushion at the top of the Everards Premier League Premier Division (see table above). It was Charles Page Morris who was the star with the bat as he continued his fine end of season form with a top scored 71 out of a score of 237/7. He was well supported by Daz Shaw who made an unbeaten 55 and between them they stabilised the innings after the steller top order of Craven, Saif, Andy Smith and Aadil Ali had all perished cheaply.
In response, Sileby subsided from 149/4 to finish on 183/8. This time it was the turn of Aadil Ali to take the bowling honours as he bagged 4/24 from his 6 overs.
A good day based upon the points return by=ut skipper Craven will be looking for a final big push from his team as they enter the final 2 weeks of the season.
The 3’s entertained old foes Grendon & Pimms and came away with a maximum 30 point haul to close the gap to just 12 points between the automatic promotion places.
A steady batting performance saw a total of 214/5 posted with the returning Russ Spiers top scoring with 85, whilst there was a welcome return to the runs for Loz Joel with 41 not out.
In reply Grendon subsided to 127 all out in 38.5 overs in the face of a fantastic spell from Russ Spiers, who just about sneaked the yellow cap with 6/13 from 7.5 overs.
The 4’s slipped to defeat against promotion rivals Ratby in spite of another 4 wickets for Ben Lodge and 2 for Dunc Jones as the hosts were restricted to 178/7 from their 45 overs.
In response, John Pounds made 35 to take him to the top of the run scoring charts for the whole league, but apart from an unlucky Graham Jenkins who made 40 there was not enough in the tank to get us over the line.
A 20 point advantage between ourselves and the challengers means that a strong performance on Saturday may be the cue for well earned celebrations.
The 2’s slipped to defeat against highly fancied Hinckley Town on Saturday. Hinckley were restricted by some tight bowling to 188/8 with spin twins Tom Bailey 3/48 and Asif Bhojani 2/27 taking the main honours.
In response Asif maintained his good from with the bat with a top scored62, but apart from John Hanger (33), the lads were unable to threaten the target. Key was the dismissal of gun batters Dips, Bhavik and Ben Matthew for ducks in quick succession. However, the fighting spirit was evident as the tail wagged before we were dismissed for 157 with 7 overs remaining