Defeat at Loughborough Town in the T20 group round was not the way that Kibworth CC wanted to finish what had been a good weekend with three league victories. Unfortunately that’s the way things did play out after the home side chased down a target of 120 in the 18th over for the loss of four wickets. CPM had top scored with 50 as KCC compiled 119-7 in what had become a single game shoot out after Market Harborough failed to raise a side. Dave Whitmore did snare Anesh Patel in the first over of the reply but Loughborough were 52-1 after six overs and could never be hauled back.
Both the firsts and seconds had gained victories on Saturday and the fourth XI added an exciting win on Sunday afternoon. Daz Shaw scored 78 not out and Andy Smith 67 not out in an unbeaten 120 run fifth wicket stand as the first overhauled Barrow Town’s score of 253. Aamir Mahmood claimed the bowling honours with 4-19 as the home side had earlier collapsed from 228-3 to be bowled out in the final over.
The second XI beat Newtown Linford in spectacular style after posting a target of 173-9 with skipper Luke Spence top scoring with 39. The visitors declined to 99-7 but Jon Dale and David Woods mounted a counter attack that whittled the target down to six an over off the final five. At this point last weeks bowling hero Dave Whitmore took control to end the match in short order, firstly he caught and bowled Woods, then next ball cleaned by Dale and finally completed his hat-trick and the victory by having Bates caught behind by Fabian Taylor…..proper ‘Boy’s Own’ stuff.
Only the third team failed to come to the party, comfortably beaten by Horton House seconds who bowled them out for 87 as they tried to overhaul a score of 198-8 in which young spinner Mahang Patel had taken 3-41 off his ten overs.
The Fourth’s, forced to move to a Sunday by a fixture clash, inflicted the first defeat on Maher Stars in three years with a tight two wicket victory.