Seconds slip to sixth defeat

Another batting capitulation saw the Seconds slide to their sixth defeat of the season as Kibworth’s Seconds left Mill Lane with a full 30 points thanks to a 42 run win – despite Sam Gale’s five wicket haul on his return to cricketing action.

Sileby’s decision to field first looked flawed when their visitors were cruising along at 91 for 1 only for Gale to turn things on their head with a devastating spell of left arm spin as Kibworth slipped from 91 or 1 to 93 for 5 in the blink of an eye.

Any thoughts Sileby had of an early finish were knocked on the head, however, by a stand of 37 between Harry Miller and Rajiv Sejpal and the rest of the Kibworth lower order contributed to push them to 175 for 8 with Gale finishing with 5-27.

Their reply started briskly, with Joe Charity in particularly good touch. The loss of his opening partner James Preston (1) came with the score on 25 in the fifth over with Charity then combining with Josh Winterton (29) to post 47 for the second wicket.

As with the first innings, things then hit the skids as Kibworth’s own five-wicket star Tej Thakkar got to work and helped the home side collapse from 71 for 1 to 109 for 8 inside nine overs – including the wicket of Charity for 48.

George Smith and Archie Bates were able to add 24 in seven overs to stem the tide but Smith was trapped leg before by Luke Evans (2-38) and Bates followed in the next over, stumped by Miller off Mahang Patel (1-6) to seal a welcome 30 points for the visitors.

Thakkar was the pick of the Kibworth bowlers and finished with 5-23 as Sileby were bowled out for 133 in the 31st over.

Sileby’s season completes next weekend when they host the champions elect – the Langtons – at Mill Lane.

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