It was almost another perfect weekend for KCC senior teams as only the failure of the 4’s to take the final Mountsorrell wicket prevented another clean sweep………
……however, 3 wins and a big winning draw was a great return from a weekend that keeps things simmering nicely for all teams as we enter the final 2 weeks of the season.
The 1’s stayed in touch at the top of the Everards Premier by beating 4th placed Lutterworth in a tight encounter…..
However, they will be disappointed that in spite of the win, the gap at the top grew to 9 points as a result of leaders Loughborough collecting a maximum 30 points.
Unfortunately i have no details of the game and so will make up a report!
We won the toss and asked Lutterworth to bat……Hill and Broughton opened the bowling and there were loads of extras, before Hill broke down injured.
Spiers bowled 12 overs and took 8 wickets for 1 run and was backed up by Daz who took the other 2 wickets as Lutterworth were bowled out for 147.
In response, Craven, Sunny and Aadil were all caught on the boundary before Daz came to the wicket and scored 149 not out as we won by 2 wickets.
All to play for in final 2 games as the boys continue the toughest of run ins as they face Market Harborough and SIleby.
More accurate news from the 2’s as they hammered Countesthorpe by 6 wickets to rekindle hopes of a top 4 finish.
Strong bowling from Aamir (4/33), Monik (3/20) and Callum (3/32) ensured that the visitors were dismissed for 114 in just 40 overs.
In response Callum cemented his man of the match performance with a stylish 49 as the target was reached in just 29 overs, for an early finish.
The 3’s returned from Great Oakley with a fantastic win on the back of a remarkable bowling performance from everyone’s comfortable footwear model Dave Greenhalgh. He returned from Northants with his best performance since convincing Carlie to marry him with 7/57 as the hosts were rolled for 182 in response to KCC’s 198/9.
Our innings was illuminated by the batting of rejuvinated Jon Butler with a vital top score 48 batting at 9.
The lads now have a real chance of avoiding relegation given their improved recent form and have great momentum.
The 4’s recovered from being reduced to 6 men at 6.30pm on Friday evening to get a side on to the field featuring KCC’s newest Bar Team recruit, and KKC Ladies Team player Lexi (Pictured at top of column).
Batting first, a great partnership between young Jack Houlihan and young at heart Mark Norton set a platform as we reached 120/2 after 30 overs.
This proved the perfect scenario for Fido, who was playing for the 4’s following a whiskey fuelled post Carribbean Evening pep talk from the skipper, as he looked to regain his confidence in the middle.
He didnt disappoint as he cracked a fantastic 86 in 50 balls as he injected tremendous impetus to the innings. He regularly cleared the boundary, visibly demoralising the Mountsorrell attack, who thought they would be chasing 150 as opposed to 220.
92 runs were scored in the last 10 overs as Fido was well supported by Ian Blunt and junior coach Mark Senior.
In response, Lexi showed no ill effects of having been coached by Ladies Cricket Guru Whitty, as she opened up with a good spell of 4 overs.
On a good wicket it was the spin of Sam Pounds and Ben Lodge that started to make steady inroads as they took 5 wickets between them in a great spell.
Mark Senior proved that he was a useful last minute recruit as he produced a run out and 2 wickets in the penultimate over to put us within 1 wicket of victory.
Unfortunately it wasnt to be and we returned to Kibworth buoyed by 20 points rather than 30. However, the mood was raised by the news that we had drawn ourselves out of the relegation zone and now have a fighting chance of survival.
Thanks to everyone who stepped in and played with such heart in trying circumstances it was really appreciated.