Fours lead the way on Saturday but Sunday brings four ‘W’s

The first weekend of the Leicestershire and Rutland League where there was any play wasn’t a happy one for Sileby with only the Fourths coming away with a win.

Dave King’s 5-11 and Issie Barnes’ 2-24 helped bowl out Higham Village for 107, but Sileby were in the mire at 63 for 9 before skipper Mark Barber (55 not out) and King (0 not out) posted an unbroken stand of 45 for the final wicket to see their side home to an unlikely 25 points.

The Firsts suffered a horrendous batting collapse as they looked to chase down the Langtons 201 all out, with Aaron Smith (2-36), Ryan Dawson (2-48) and Jigar Naik (2-50) all picking up a brace of wickets each. At 163 for 3 and with plenty of overs in the bank, Sileby looked set for 25 points but they lost seven wickets for eight runs as Sarfaraj Patel claimed 5-34, including a hat-trick, to bowl their visitors out for 171.

It was a similar story at Mill Lane for the Seconds who bowled out Kibworth Seconds for 177, Joe Charity taking 4-42 and Nathan Preston 3-36. Only two players made it to double figures as Sileby were bowled out for 92 in 28 overs.

The Thirds didn’t take the field on Saturday thanks to the high water table and being unable to get on to the square or outfield during the week the game was abandoned.

Sunday proved more fruitful for all concerned, with the 1s dispatching Walmley in the National Knock Out to make the second round for the second successive year. Aaron Smith (3-33) was amongst the wickets again and Ryan Dawson (3-17) also picked up three as the visitors were dismissed for 111. Dave Torr’s positive 38 helped break the back of the run chase with Sileby chasing down their target inside 20 overs with seven wickets in hand to set up a home date next Sunday with Cavaliers and Carrington from Nottinghamshire.

There was another low scoring affair at Birstall Recreation Ground as the Thirds and Asian Sports 1s played out their Challenge Cup first round match with only 160 runs being scored in the two innings. James Preston top scored with 32 in Sileby’s 96 all out before Dave King (3-9) was in the wickets again as he took out three of the Asian Sports top four. The bowling was exceptional throughout with Will Rossiter (2-19) and Chris Preston (2-20) bagging a brace each while Archie Bates (1-6) and Luke Hands (1-4) did their part as the home side were dismissed for 64. Sileby’s cup defence continues next weekend with a home date with Braunstone East at Mill Lane.

The Sunday XI home date with Thorpe Arnold was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to the sodden outfield on the second pitch at Mill Lane.

Finally, the Ladies picked up two wins from two in their first pool of Super 8 fixtures at Kibworth. The pairs format saw them pick up victories over Kibworth and Thrapston. Sarah Parker top scored with 21 in the 11 run win over Thrapston while Florence Wallace-Petris top scored with 9 in a low scoring affair against Kibworth with Sileby coming away with a 12 run win.

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