The weather may not have the best but Sunday’s cup win brought a ray of sunshine to the first teams weekend after a gloomy Saturday.
Visitors Ramsey were bowled out for 104 as they chased a total of 216-4 that relied heavily on Darren Shaw’s innings of 76, ably supported by forties from Aadil Ali and Josh Peel. Russell Spiers then claimed 4-17 to set up a second round home clash with Northamptonshire champions Peterborough on 11th May.
A cold and breezy Saturday had seen the first XI fall to a five wicket defeat at the hands of Sileby Town who overhauled a target of 211 with six overs and four balls to spare. Charlie Page-Morris top scored with 68 not out but the visitors openers set off like a train and could never be slowed down.
The second and third team both gained victories whilst a young fourth team battled for a losing draw at Barkby. Bowling honours go to Dave Whitmore who claimed five wickets for five runs in nine overs as the second XI bundled Leicester Banks out for 96 to set up a nine wicket win. Rikesh Patel made 50 as the thirds totalled 149 at Wollaston and this proved more than adequate as the home side were rolled over for 93 with Bhavik Patel spinning his way to 5-27. Tim Neals fourth team included three thirteen year olds and all performed well as Barkby seconds were held to a draw. Kibworth were never in with a chance of chasing down the home sides total of 229-6 after the early loss of John Pounds but one of the youthful trio, Jack Houlihan would top score with 23 whilst both the others, Ed Wall anf Harry Pounds were involved in rearguard partnerships that eventually saw the game out for a draw with Kibworth’s score on 81-8.