Firsts make it consecutive league and cup doubles while other sides struggle

Five wicket hauls from Ryan Dawson and Will Legg helped the Firsts to a second consecutive league and cup double as they toppled high flying Syston on Saturday and progressed in the County Cup vs Young Muslims Association on the Sunday.

Dawson’s haul of 5-8 from ten overs, bowling six maidens in the process, helped dismiss Syston for 91 inside 37 overs, with all of Sileby’s bowlers picking up scalps along the way. Ram Ghuman top scored for the home side with 29.

George Corbett (3-33) picked up three wickets for Syston in reply, but their batsmen had given their bowlers very little to go at and an unbeaten 29 from skipper Jigar Naik helped anchor Sileby to a six wicket win.

The Seconds continue to search for their first win of the season as they suffered a 42 run reverse at the hands of Rothley Park – despite putting themselves in good positions several times during the game.

Having opted to field first, Sileby reduced the home side to 77 for 4 but wicketkeeper Ifran Karim dug in with 82 to help Rothley to 209 for 7. Will Rossiter (2-47) and Archie Bates (2-56) both picked up a brace for the visitors while their were wickets for Will Legg (1-14), Micky Ruddle (1-22) and Neil Pullen (1-56).

Again, Sileby looked well placed at 91 for 1 with both Charles Kindleysides and Micky Ruddle going well. However, Ruddle’s dismissal for 25 checked their momentum and when Kindleysides was bowled by Hamzah Khan (3-49) for 45, leaving the visitors 114 for 4 and needing 96 from the last ten overs the writing was on the wall.

With the run rate increasing wickets fell regularly with the innings stalling to 167 for 9 – 42 runs short.

Getting stuck mid innings hampered the Thirds as they lost out by six wickets against Leicester Ivanhoe Seconds. Having been put in, James Preston (21) and Rob Scullion (38) got the home side off to a good start with a stand of 63 for the first wicket. However, the loss of three wickets for 27 mid-innings and then five for 23 towards the end hampered their progress as they could only post 158 for 8 in their 45 overs with only Dan Tompkins (36) making any impression, other than the opening pair.

Opener Sam Hurst anchored the Ivanhoe reply with 48 before becoming one of three wickets for Harry Sharman (3-34). Akeel Jarral made sure that the visitors would go home with the points with a swift 45 not out as the visitors made it home with three overs and six wickets in the bank.

Scoring runs is not just the Achilles heel of the Twos and Threes at the moment – the Fours are also struggling as their total of 47 all out continued a run of poor batting form. Only Dave King (12) made it to double figures as the Hathern Old bowlers made the most of the Sileby batters generosity as a series of poor shots gifted wickets at regular intervals.

After a reality check at the turn around, the Sileby side can be rightly proud of their efforts with the ball and in the field as they were everything they weren’t with the bat in hand. They made the home side work for every run and were disciplined with the ball as Charlie Banks (1-12) picked up a wicket in the second over while King took confidence from his batting and claimed 4-19 as they reduced the home side to 24 for 5 in the 16th over.

Hollier’s patient unbeaten 22 helped draw the sting of the Sileby attack and he and Phillips (9 not out) saw their side over the line to a five wicket win.

Sunday saw a new entry into the Sileby history books with Will Legg becoming the youngest capped player in Sileby history as he picked up 5-25 in the County Cup win over YMA at Mill Lane.

The visitors opted to bat first and posted 168 all out with Mukhtar top scoring with 34 while Legg picked up his five-fer with one ball of his 8 over allocation to spare. Liam Kinch (2-20) and Ryan Dawson (2-47) also picked up a brace to add to an early run out from Joe Charity.

Charity made up for his duck the day before with 46 and his opening partner, Dave Torr, added 47 before both were dismissed. However, Jake Gillett (34 not out) and Brady Glennon (27 not out) saw Sileby home to an eight wicket win in the 26th over and through to the next round.

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