Firsts take losing draw as Enderby look to survive

Despite the league title being signed and sealed there was still much at stake in the Firsts game with Enderby, with their hosts fighting for their lives at the foot of the table.

In what’s been a topsy-turvy season administratively, which has seen two sides fall foul of points deductions for ineligible players, the battle to avoid the drop has become all the more intriguing week by week with Enderby and Lutterworth fighting it out to be out of the bottom three come close of play on 16 September.

With Sileby fielding first, after winning the toss, they made an early breakthrough with Matt Ellis removing Sohail Patel for a duck in the sixth over as he and Aaron Smith kept things right early on with only ten runs scored in the 5.2 overs before the wicket fell.

However, that was a false dawn as Shaun Wormington and Nick Hood set about posting a stand of 145 in 19 overs to put the home side firmly in control. Hood’s departure, caught by Jack Ford off Ryan Dawson for 47, did little to settle things down as Wormington and Leicestershire man Callum Parkinson added another brisk 36 before the former was caught by Smith off Jake Gillett for an excellent 130 from just 76 balls.

The rest of the Enderby innings flattered to deceive as their last seven wickets went down for 31 runs in just over ten overs – but, they had still posted a decent 255 all out from 45.2 overs.

Sileby’s reply went in fits and starts and for the most part was centred around Liam Kinch’s 95 as the right hander held things together for the visitors with 95 from 82 balls with nine fours and five maximums.

The visitors closure on 230 for 9 kept their loss ratio to one for the season while Enderby’s points keep them out of the drop zone – just.

The final week of the season sees a dead rubber at Barkby between Sileby and Barkby and a very much alive one between Enderby and Lutterworth with the winner staying in the Premiership for another season.

 

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