It was a mixed bag of results for Sileby in the fourth round of fixtures in the Leicestershire & Rutland League as they covered all bases with a win, winning draw, losing draw and a loss from their matches.
It was a case of the good, bad and the ugly for the Firsts as they had got themselves in to a fabulous position with the bat at home to local rivals Syston, thanks to Luke Gale’s 92 and 47 from skipper Jigar Naik.
However, they slipped from 243 for 3 with 15 to go to lose their last seven wickets for 34 runs as George Corbett (5-45) ran through the middle and lower order to see Sileby fold for 274 with two balls to spare.
An early scalp for Neil Pullen (1-45) was a minor setback for the visitors as four dropped catches failed to help Sileby’s cause as Syston cantered home with seven wickets and over five overs in the bank – skipper Umar Razzaq (69), former Sileby man Charles Wootton (64 not out) and Dan Vernon (58 not out) all hitting 50s for the visitors.
A second century of the season from Joe Charity and 87 from Chris Bulmer set a fantastic platform for a winning draw for the Second XI away at Cropston First XI.
The pair put on 176 for the first wicket, having been asked to bat first, before closing on 263 for 4 from their 45 overs – Ethan Hawkins taking 2-48 for the home side.
Ryan Dawson and Kieran Chance caused havoc in the Cropston innings with the pair sharing seven wickets as they restricted Cropston to 170 for 9 from their 45 overs. Dawson bagged 4-54 while Chance’s conversion to left arm spin continues to bear fruit as he claimed 3-27 from 11 overs.
The final pair of Pandya (6 not out) and Loakes (2 not out) saw out the last six overs to seal a draw for their side, but with Sileby claiming the lions share of the points.
It was role reversal for the Third XI as they finished short of their target at home to Enderby 2nd XI. Having won the toss, Pete Willcocks opted to bowl first and was rewarded by a breakthrough in the first over from Chris Yates (2-56) was followed up by a three wicket burst from Chris Preston (3-28) to reduce the visitors to 39 for 4.
A stand of 83 between Dave Haden (70 not out) and skipper Ian Turner (33) swung the balance back in Enderby’s favour as they posted 193 for 5.
Yates and Connor Simon made a steady start with an opening stand of 45, but three quick wickets put the skids under any hopes of victory. Dan Tompkins anchored the innings through with an unbeaten 59 to see the Thirds to 140 for 5 and a losing draw.
The Fourths took maximum points for the second week running as a low scoring affair against Mahers 2nd XI with Sileby batting first and being dismissed for 129 – thanks, in the main, to skipper Mark Barber’s 30.
Nick Lewin then got to work with the ball as the seamer claimed 5-28 while Barber bagged 4-33 and contributed two catches as the home side were dismissed for 63 to leave the Fourths top of the table with two maximum point wins.
Finally, two unbeaten centuries saw Sileby to a 188 run win over Frisby, Hoby & Rotherby on Sunday.
Sam Gale hit an unbeaten 128 on his return from injury while Pete Willcocks returned to form with exactly 100 as the home side posted 276 for 2.
Luke Hands then produced an excellent spell as he picked up six wickets for just four runs to bowl the visitors out for 88 and give Sileby a welcome 20 point haul.