After the huge disappointment of crushing defeat in the league to Ivanhoe on Saturday, Skipper Matt Craven led from the front as he hit an unbeaten century in a thrilling win against Syston 24 hours later.
Syston set a challenging target of 220 (ish’ as nothing on Play Cricket to go on i am afraid and so reliant on my own memory!)…on the back of some fine batting during the latter stages of their innings.
A good start by Craven and Fabes threatened to fall flat as Aadi added some Karma to the previous weeks efforts by getting himself run out this week. However, no fear as Daz joined the skipper and decided that variety was the spice of life by delivering an unbeaten half century.
Craves bought up his ton in fine style with a 6, and in spite of the fact that he will be unbearable in the bar afterwards, it is great to see him find his form at the right stage of the season.
On Saturday the 1′s were well beaten by 7 wickets at Ivanhoe in spite of another 50 for Daz, 40 from Fabian and 38 from young Monik.
Ivanhoe reached their total of 203 with 11 balls to spare to inflict a damaging defeat.
The 2′s entertained Cropston at Fleckney Rd and paid the price for slow scoring as they registered 178/5 batting first. Bhavik top scored with 49 and there was some welcome momentum added by Fido with a brik unbeaten 31 from 24 balls.
In response, in spite of 2 quick wickets from young pace men Tej and JB a third wicket partnership of 85 swung things back in Cropston’s favour. In truth they never relinquished their grip and came safely home with 4 overs to spare.
The result leaves the 2′s clinging on to the leaders in Division 1 and they will be hoping for a strong second half of the season and the return of some key players.
The 3′s entertained Woolaston at Fleckney Rd and in spite of 4/46 from Callum Wordsworth could only restrict their guests to 218.
In response, a mid order collapse put paid to victory hopes and only Ian Simpson (31), Matt Bashford (28) and a cool unbeaten 22 from Harry Miller showed much resistance.
A disappointing result after the euphoria of the previous week and the boys will be looking to bounce back next week to get back up the table.
The 4′s welcomed leaders Leicester Carribean to KCC and a fine effort in the fiedl kept the score down to 220 with Sam Pounds being the pick of the bowlers with 1/29 from his 11 overs.
In response, Loz Joel batted well for 33, but it was a 15 over rearguard action from Chairman and Harry Miller (45 not out), which secured a hard fought draw.