KCC 2nd Team V Leicester Banks – 30th July
The second team welcomed Leicester Banks to Fleckney Road on what was quickly becoming a must win game after the two previous losses suffered against Sileby Town Seconds and Newtown Linford. The day started in a fairly comical fashion with Captain Pedro managing to set the home changing room fire alarm off against all odds after somehow managing to throw a ball of rubber from his bat grips onto the fan (which was delicately placed in front of the bin). However, to his horror the ball rebounded off the top of the fan and broke the glass protecting the fire alarm and much to the amusement of Tej, Thommo & Spiro in the changing room, Pedro was forced to run onto the outfield and ask Abbo to disable it before the fire engines arrived and called the game off!!
Anyway, back to the important stuff. Pedro continued his outstanding day by losing the toss and Banks decided to have a bat first on what looked a cracking batting wicket. The captain emphasised the need for the openers to set the tone and Aamir and Tej duly obliged with both taking wickets in their first overs to reduce Banks to 4-2. Aamir bowled a tight spell making the batsman play and quickly picked up three wickets whilst Tej bowled with decent pace making use of the bounce on offer. Harrison and Chilly were introduced into the attack and both carried on the good work of the openers, with Chilly in particular on the back of a michelle last week using his vast experience to just bowl gun barrel straight and let the ball do the rest. Mahang came on from the top end and bowled a nice little spell but Chilly was in no mood to hang about and picked up the last six Banks wickets to finish with figures of 7.4-3-18-6, a top top effort on what was a good wicket.
With only 30 overs required to bowl out the oppositon, there was a quick turn around before tea with Mahang and Raja tasked with trying to knock the 88 runs required off. As seen earlier in the season, Banks are no mugs with the ball and do have a very balanced attack. Mahang and Raja however applied themselves nicely until Raja played one onto his stumps for 14. Captain Smith joined Mahang and played some lovely drives on his way to an effortless 28*, with Mahang finishing on 26* to rap up a straightforward victory within 25 overs.
All in all a good days work for the second team and with a number of games now to play against teams below us in the table, it is hoped that we can carry some momentum into the final 6 games of the season to give us a chance of finishing as high as possible.