……There was last day drama for the 4th Team as they were relegated by a solitary point from Division 5 on Saturday.
Needing a 16 point swing on the final weekend to overtake Ratby they came up agonisingly short as some questionable tactics from Barkby denied them the opportunity to pull themselves clear.
Batting first Kibworth rattled up 262/5 on the back of a brilliant 85 from Ben Matthew (pictured above), who is once again playing with a smile on his face, 54 from John Pounds, a classy 40 from Hasan Jafri and an unbeaten 50 from Tim Mason.
Hopes were high at tea that a big win was on the cards given that Barkby had nothing to play for and would therefore wish to sign off with a proper game.
How wrong we were, as Barkby played for a draw from ball 1, apparently as revenge for them being unable to dismiss 2 of our 13 year olds in 18 overs in the away game! This seemed very extreme, but as a result the skipper used 10 bowlers in a bid to entice something from the batsmen but they simply plodded their way to 98/2 off the full 45 overs.
An 18 point haul was all that we could take from the game and we awaited news from Electricity Sports. When it came, Ratby had been beaten by 150 runs but had taken 3 points from the game and so we were down by 1 point.
A tough pill to swallow for the team who have suffered badly from the lack of player availability in other sides this season, but have always played in the right way and fought for every point.
Thanks to everyone who has played for the 4’s this season (there are too many to mention!), and a special thank you to our juniors who have played with great skill and courage during their debut season in senior cricket.
The first team travelled to Sileby minus inspirational leader Craves’, and were captained by Josh Cobb.
They needed a big favour from Market Harborough to have a chance of retaining the league title, but bowling first diminished those chances as a maximum haul of 25 points would unlikely be enough.
The bowlers did their job by rushing through the in form Sileby batting line up for 165, before knocking them off for the loss of just 3 wickets with Greg Smith top scoring with 84.
Unfortunately the news came through from Harborough that Loughborough had also won and were crowned deserved champions and we send our congratulations to them.
The 2’s finished well and secured a 5th place finish as they secured a good victory against Banks.
Batting first Banks scored 209/9, before 50 from Dips was the cornerstone of a good response which ended with the angelic Dan Broughton and master finisher Dave Whitmore seeing us to a 4 wicket victory.
The best 2nd team season for a while and so hopefully we have a good platform for the future.
The 3’s travelled to Earls Barton and returned with another disappointing defeat as they were unable to chase down 155 after another good bowling performance.
Outstanding bowling from young Mahang Patel who took 5/45 and metronomic law enforcer Dave Greenhalgh who must be wishing he had got married years ago as he continued his post nuptial purple patch with ball by taking another 4 wickets.
Unfortunately, a response of being bowled out for 109 was a great disappointment and leaves things hanging as we go into the last game of the season 12 points short of safety.
However, our relegation rivals Great Houghton have to go to league leaders Horton House in their final game whist Kibworth will be searching for victory as we host Old’s.