Not even the elements could get in the way as the Fourths picked up their 11th win of the campaign as they look to put the finishing touches to an impressive season in Division Nine Central with James Preston anchoring them home with an unbeaten fifty.
With the bizarre sight of the Fatana groundsman cutting the wicket as the players arrived, with rain already teeming down, things seemed to be taking a turn for the worst early on. However, patience was indeed a virtue as a three hour wait saw the two sides play out an entertaining 23 over affair.
The home side took the (strange) decision to bat first on what turned out to be a decent track, despite the bizarre preparation, with consistent pace and bounce that was inconsistent with that of a wicket that had taken a large amount of water in a short space of time.
Sileby picked up a couple of early wickets, with Mark Barber (2-24) taking the new ball, before Lax Odedra (26) and Raj Odedra (44) repaired the damage with a partnership of 47.
The introduction of Will Rossiter in to the attack turned the tide in Sileby’s favour as he bagged 3-16, including the wickets of both Odedra’s, as good fielding and bowling kept the home side to 110 for 6 from their 45 overs.
With the rain now well and truly departed, Sileby had the best of the overhead conditions and Preston’s 66-ball 55 was a welcome tonic as the rest of the batsmen batted around their opener.
While the home side had looked for more boundaries than singles, Sileby took the opposite route with only five boundaries coming in their reply but they ran, for the most part, the home side ragged, with Preston well and truly to the fore.
He shared stands of 28 with Rossiter (6), 21 with Lewis Burnip (15), 30 with Chris Lewin (9) and an unbroken partnership of 32 with wicketkeeper Matt Houghton (13 not out), who had been exemplary behind the stumps in the first innings, to see Sileby home to a welcome 25 points with nine balls remaining.
They host second placed County Officers at Mill Lane next weekend where we hope that rain won’t come in to the equation.