Firsts keep pace clear at top with Naik to the fore

Sileby’s quest for the 2017 Premier League title continued apace with skipper Jigar Naik the star man with both bat and ball in their win over Loughborough Town.

The Sileby groundstaff were also stars in their own right as their hard work and determination helped ensure that the game was played after a morning and early afternoon deluge.

Having been put in, Sileby lost Luke Gale, Dave Torr and Jake Gillett for a combined total of 20 but they were indebted to 52 from Naik and an unbeaten 61 from Brady Glennon as they posted 180 for 6 in their reduced allocation of 36 overs.

Aaron Smith (2-29) made two early incisions for the home side before Naik got to work with his off spin – finishing with exemplary figures of 4-4 from seven overs. Neil Pullen (2-30) chipped in with a couple of leg befores while Ryan Dawson (1-15) accounted for top scorer Greg Hollins (40) as Loughborough were bowled out for 101 with eight balls to spare.

On Saturday night, Sileby’s lead at the top was 68 points. However, when they take the field at local rivals Rothley on Saturday that lead has been trimmed to 45 as Kibworth gained 23 points from their game with Lutterworth.

Lutterworth have been docked 73 points from two games – one with Kibworth and one with Kegworth for fielding an ineligible player.

That deduction has also allowed Rothley to leapfrog Lutterworth, with Lutterworth now sitting in the relegation zone some 68 points back from Rothley with just six games remaining.

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