Path to the semi finals of the League Cup was just one of the rewards for us over the weekend as our senior sides recorded seven wins from all seven games on Saturday and Sunday.
There were some sterling individual highlights too with Neil Pullen registering his first five wicket haul for the club, 12-year old Lucy Weston taking five on her debut for the Ladies in their win over Wellinghborough as well as 50s across the weekend for Jigar Naik, Liam Kinch, Micky Ruddle, Dave Torr and Chris Lewin.
The League Cup quarter final win for the Firsts came off the back of a first innings of 225 for 9 from their 40 overs, having been asked to bat first by Syston Town.
The visitors, who are the only side to inflict a league defeat on Jigar Naik’s men, will have felt they had the upper hand heading in to the interval as they struck back from 50s from Naik (51), Kinch (51) and Luke Gale continued his good recent form with 47 to pick up four wickets for six runs down the stretch as Sileby slipped from 218 for 5 to 224 for 9.
That momentum was backed up by an opening stand of 83 between skipper Umar Razzaq (45) and Charlie Taylor (55) before Ryan Dawson’s (3-24) introduction in to the attack turned the tide in Sileby’s direction.
The experienced combination of Naik (1-31) and Pullen (5-33) tied down the Syston batsmen down the stretch and the pressure told as Syston folded – losing their last six wickets for just 45 runs to see Sileby in to the semi finals.
Sunday’s win came off the back of a 25-point haul as they chased down Rothley Park’s 215 for 9 with 17 balls to spare.
Chris Trevis (3-50), Umar Afzal (2-27), Naik (2-29), Kinch (1-24) and Pullen (1-38) picked up the wickets while the visitors were indebted to 39 from former Sileby man Phil Hackett to help boost their score in the closing overs.
Torr hit 56 in Sileby’s reply while there were contributions of 30 from Jake Gillett, 20 from Kinch and 39 from Naik before Mitchell Buck saw the side home to a five wicket win with an unbeaten 44.
It was a debut to remember for 12-year-old Lucy Weston as she became the first player to register a five wicket haul on debut for the Ladies XI.
Weston picked up 5-7 to help dismiss Wellingborough Town for just 70. Molly Rossiter posted an unbeaten 35 in reply as Sileby kept their unbeaten league run going with an eight wicket win.
Micky Ruddle produced a captains innings with 66 to help the Seconds limp to 180 for 9 at Houghton & Thurnby. At 90 for 1, the home side seemed to be virtually home and hosed before a stunning fightback saw them lost their last nine wickets for 65 runs with Joe Charity (3-9), Steve Ingram (3-27), Kieran Chance (2-40) and Sam Gale (2-42) picking up the wickets en route to a 30 point haul.
Robert Scullion top scored for the Thirds while openers Connor Simon and Pete Willcocks posted 38 apiece in their total of 208 for 6 at home against Leicester Banks Seconds. George Smith picked up 4-34 and Dawson 3-7 as the visitors were dismissed for 70.
The final Saturday result was a low scoring affair with just five boundaries being hit in both innings on a stodgy track at County Officers – all of them coming from the blade of Chris Lewin in his crucial 53.
The left-hander anchored the Sileby innings through to their 83 all out – an innings that included six ducks in what turned out to be a tight battle for match fee duty! Lewin’s innings also included a broken slate on the roof of the pavilion as he launched a full toss over the fence for six.
The approach from the home side in the ten overs before tea was somewhat bizarre with nobody seemingly wanting to play a shot and skipper Mark Barber and Dave King made the most of the negative mindset from the home side and picked up three wickets before the break at a cost of just seven runs.
Sileby’s veteran pair of swing bowlers finished with combined figures of 21-12-15-4, with Barber bagging 3-9 and King 1-6. The pair were followed up brilliantly by golden-arm Luke Hands, with the left armer picking up 4-6 and Charlie Banks adding 2-7 as the home side were dismissed for just 38 to hand Sileby 30 points, which extends their lead at the top of Division 9 Central to 40 points.
Finally, another low score from a home side saw the Sunday First XI pick up maximum points against Queniborough’s Sunday Seconds as Hands was again in the wickets with 4-9 and young spinner Thomas Blay picked up 4-16 as Queniborough were dismissed for 50.
The Sunday XI made light work of their target with the loss of just one wicket and James Preston unbeaten on 20.