Runs came a little easier for the Firsts this weekend as they registered a league and cup double with Jake Gillett registering an emotional century in the League Cup win over the Langtons.
The left-hander, whose father Nick passed away a little over a couple of weeks ago, posted the first century of the season by a Sileby batsman, notching 103 from just 88 balls with 14 fours and two maximums, and shared in a first wicket stand of 194 with opening partner Dave Torr, with the right hander adding 82 from 74 balls.
Despite that rollocking start, the rest of the lineup was unable to keep up and the all too familiar batting collapse materialised as 194 for 0 became 249 all out with five balls to spare.
The Langtons looked well placed at 158 for 4 before losing 4-15 to seemingly put the tie in the bag. However, Asif Mai looked to have crashed the party by blasting 43 in next to no time, sharing in a stand of 30 with Jakir Khanderao (16) for the ninth wicket, only for Matt Ellis (1-41) to remove Khanderao.
Things weren’t quite finished as Mai and last man Muhammed Salajee added another 36 for the last wicket and with 11 runs needed and five overs in hand the visitors seemed to be the favourites. However, skipper Liam Kinch, who had already taken 3-57 with his off breaks, was thankful of all of his 6’+ frame as he caught Mai on the fence to seal a ten run win for his side and sealing a home date on 10 June in the quarter finals vs Syston.
A little under 24 hours earlier a welcome win came their way in the Premier League as Kinch starred with the bat as his unbeaten 68 saw his side to a five wicket win over Uppingham at Castle Hill.
The home side posted 174 for 9 from their 50 overs, with Matt Ellis turning in a storming opening spell of 4-24, as Danny Dumford top scored for the home side with 36.
After another mid-innings wobble, Kinch steadied the ship and steered his side home with an unbeaten six wicket stand of 73 with Josh Winterton (14*) to seal a welcome 25 points, which sees them keep up the pace with fourth bottom Kibworth, with the 2017 top two sitting third and fourth from bottom at this point in time.
The Seconds, on the other hand, can’t buy a win at the moment as they slipped to their third defeat of the season and are yet to gain a win in five games and currently sit at the foot of Division One thanks to an 85-run defeat to top of the table Cropston.
Thanks to an excellent new ball burst from Archie Bates (3-33) the visitors were reduced to 91 for 7, but a stand of 76 between Sam Hickinbottom (65 not out) and Alfie Loakes (46) helped rescue the innings, with the former seeing his side to 213 all out.
Sileby looked well placed at 69 for 1 only for a run of nine wickets lost for 59 runs, with Sam Hickinbottom claiming man of the match spoils with 7-38, as they folded for 128 with only Micky Ruddle (48) and Chris Bulmer (37) showing any meaningful resistance.
Another narrow defeat for the Thirds, this time away at Electricity Sports 2s. A disciplined bowling display helped restrict the home side to 167 for 7 with Luke Hands (3-51) picking up three wickets and Harry Sharman (2-42) a brace while Bharat Chandra top scored with 48 for the home side.
Robert Scullion’s 52 and Dan Tompkins’ 33 helped Sileby get within striking distance of their target going into the closing overs. However, wickets lost at important times hampered their progress and they ultimately fell six runs short of victory.
Regrettably, the Fourths were unable to make it on to the field, with Charnwood Old Boys 2s conceding their clash.
The Sunday First XI succumbed to a seven wicket defeat to Houghton on the Hill. Nick Batts top scored with 34 out of their 125 for 9 from a rain-reduced 35 overs. However, their hosts made light work of their target, knocking it off inside 16 overs with three wickets down.
Meanwhile, the Ladies registered a win and a loss in their two Super 8s matches at Mill Lane. Lucy Weston and Sarah Parker both registered 21 runs apiece in their 26-run win over Kibworth Ladies while Phoebe Shelton (2-16) was the pick of the bowlers.
Unfortunately, they were unable to double up and were defeated by Ockbrook and Borrowash in their second game.
We’d like to thank Sunrise Poultry Farms for their sponsorship of our home games this last weekend and also to our kit sponsors Kia Loughborough and Continuum – thank you all for your support.