Gale & Bates See 1s to Nationals Round Three

A century from Luke Gale and a 7-wicket haul from teenager Harry Bates saw Sileby to a stunning 65 run win over Walsall in round two.

Both players set club records in the National Knock Out in the process, with Gale’s 112 coming from 96 balls, with the opener piling on 142 in 19 overs with Dave Torr for the first wicket, with the duo setting the tone for the day early on.

Torr added 55 of his own while Jake Gillett hit 56 at a run-a-ball to help their side to an imposing 304 for 9.

Bates proved to be a pivotal figure as Sileby looked to make a better fist of things than they had the previous day against Syston as he gave the attack some real incision.

The teenager bagged 7-54 to help dismiss their hosts for 239.

Skipper Jigar Naik was, understandably delighted with the result and performance: “It was an outstanding team effort”‘, said Naik afterwards.

“Luke, Dave and Jake set things up with the bat and gave us a good score, but we knew that it was going to be tough going in to the second innings.

“The bowlers toiled away all innings and Harry was outstanding at the death – hitting his yorkers at will. I’m really pleased for him, picking up a well deserved First XI cap.”

The away clash with Walsall signalled Sileby’s first ever foray past the first round of the National Knock Out and their reward is a home date on 4 June vs Swarkestone, who saw off Walmley in round two.

“We move on”, said Naik, “to another tasty encounter in a few weeks time. We’re really looking forward to the challenge.”

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