Season Moving Towards Thrilling Finale as 3’s Back in the Mix

With just 2 games to go there was a real and tangible chance of three of our senior sides achieving something special this weekend.

Tim Neals’s 4th team secured their place in Division 5 last weekend with a trilling win at Cropston but the First’s, Second’s and Third’s all had crucial games on Saturday.

The first’s crucial win against leaders Lutterworth had put them back on top of the pile going into the home game against Syston with matters in their own hands.

The 2’s comfortable success at Kirby Muxloe, had brought them one win away from the Division 1 title as they headed over to Houghton and Thurnby.

The 3’s had brought themselves back into the promotion frame with a win against Thorpe Arnold last weekend which, coupled with results elsewhere meant that their game against 2nd placed Bitteswell took on huge significance.

In the end all three sides claimed the results they needed but it wasn’t always smooth going. For the First team in particular nerves were jangling as they attempted to chase down the visitors total of 192-8. Three wickets down for 6 runs wasn’t the start that the home supporters were looking for and it took a great knock of 93 from CPM to steady the ship. Losing opening bowler and former KCC junior Alex Wyatt with a back injury was a crucial blow to Syston’s hopes but another former KCC player Carl Fourie dismissed Fabian Taylor and Daz also fell cheaply. It could have been far worse when a mix up between Jacko and CPM left the latter stranded in mid-pitch only for Wooton to break the stumps as he went to collect the ball. Charles also rode his luck when yet another ex KCC man, Ram Ghuman couldn’t hold onto a chance at long on. In the end he was finally fifth out on 127 but Jacko and Raja were able to finish the job in fine style with some serious blows to take us home by 5 wickets with 15 balls to spare. Syston had Charles Wootton to thanks for their competitive total as he struck 110 after the visitors slipped to 46-4. Wooton was bowled by the final ball of the innings from Luke Evans who took 3-28 to share bowling honors with Spiro who took 3-31. The team will need six points from their final game to clinch the Premier division title.

For Luke and the second team the job is already done, their first ever Division 1 title sealed with a winning draw a Houghton & Thurnby. THe home side finishing up 7 wickets down and 42 runs short of Kibworth’s 202-4.

The bottom pitch at KCC saw the 3’s claim a 118 run, 30 point victory to join Bitteswell on 405 points in joint second place in the Division and leave everything to play for on the final weekend.

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