Thirds win leaves promotion a possibility

The promotion hopes of the Third XI hinge on off the field issues – despite a 30 point final day win over Electricity Sports Seconds at Mill Lane.

The win kept them in second spot but a 25 point win for leaders Shree Sanatan kept them clear at the top of Division Four Central by 14 points – thanks to the 20 point reverse from their game against Enderby Seconds, with Shree Sanatan being handed the win with Enderby fielding an ineligible player. Their appeal against the sanction was rejected.

With promotion to Division Three subject to facility requirements – criteria that Shree Sanatan don’t currently meet, their promotion hinges on promises of ground improvements over the winter months.

On the field, Robert Scullion is still searching for his maiden Leicestershire & Rutland League century after skipper Pete Willcocks declared with the number three/come opener unbeaten on 88 – with his side on 206 for 6 from 31 overs at the point the declaration came.

Their opponents were never really in the hunt as Phil Chamberlain (3-19) and Will Rossiter (4-4) shared seven wickets between them as the visitors were dismissed for just 99 runs inside 38 overs.

With developments underway at Mill Lane too, it’s a case of a waiting game to see where Team Three will be plying their trade in 2018.

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