There was a maiden century, two five-fers, four wins from four – including a nail biting one run win in a huge local derby as well as heartbreak in the T20 as home advantage didn’t guarantee a passage through for Sileby.
Clashes between local rivals Sileby and Barrow rarely turn out to be straight forward affairs and the latest instalment proved to be no different as this clash ebbed and flowed right down to a final ball crescendo that saw the visitors bag the full 30 points by the most slender of margins.
When Sileby slipped to 52 for 4 in the 11th it was the home side that were in the box seat. However, a stand of 144 in 30 overs between Liam Kinch (94 from 95 balls) and Brady Glennon (46) rescued things for the visitors to help them post 245 all out with Rishi Patel picking up 4-51 for the Nottingham Road side.
Patel’s good day continued with 69 with the bat and added to Ramesh Kara’s 71, the home side looked in good shape at 193 for 4. However, Chris Trevis got stuck in to the Barrow order as he picked up 5-46 and Umar Afzal 3-45 to tip the balance back in Sileby’s favour.
The momentum swung again as Barrow got themselves back in to it and needed two runs to win from the final ball. The ball ended up in the gloves of keeper Neil Pullen but with the batsmen unsighted they set off for the runs that would have sealed the win only for Pullen to complete the run out and send his team mates in to raptures and a welcome 30 points.
Things were somewhat more sedate for the Seconds as Sileby bowled out Uppingham for 158 at Mill Lane – Phil Chamberlain picking up 4-33, while there were three wickets each for Kieran Chance (3-32) and Ryan Dawson (3-36). The early loss of Chris Bulmer (13) proved only a minor irritation as Mitchell Buck’s unbeaten 73 saw Sileby home by seven wickets with 13 overs still in the bank.
There was an equally comfortable win for the Third XI as Asim Khan picked up his second five-fer in two weeks to dismiss Leicester Ivanhoe’s Thirds for 161. The veteran finished with figures of 5-34 while Chris Preston bagged 3-30 as the Ivanhoe’s ten men were bowled out with three full overs in the bank – opener Mark Studley being the standout for the home side with 78.
Chris Yates top scored with 48 as Sileby cantered home by six wickets with plenty of overs in hand to a welcome 25 points.
The final bit of league action saw Connor Simon bag a maiden century as the opener carried his bat for 121 from 97 balls as Sileby’s Fours made their long awaited return to action with 248 for 3 as skipper Mark Barber declared with five overs to spare. The skipper added an unbeaten 43 of his own while Matt Houghton weighed in with 40.
Simon shared in stands of 55 with Stephen Loveridge (10), 76 with Houghton and 101 with Barber as the home side ran the hapless Huncote Seconds ragged.
Eddie Letcher (3-11) and Dave King (3-25) picked up three wickets each while there were braces for Matt Sharpe (2-16) and Thomas Blay (2-22) as Huncote were dispatched for 101.
Sunday saw the Ladies XI pick up two wins in a day as their league clash with Ockbrook & Borrowash went their way as the home side conceded and then a hastily arranged friendly with Kibworth Ladies also went the way of the Mill Laners.
There was heartbreak though for the First XI as they failed to make T20 finals day for the first time in five years.
A nine wicket win over Kegworth, with the visitors posting 122 for 9 thanks to Danny Murty’s 62, with Dave Torr top scoring with an unbeaten 62 in Sileby’s reply, saw Sileby in a winner takes all clash with Leicester Ivanhoe in the final game of the day.
An unbeaten 45 from Josh Winterton saw Sileby to a competitive 143 for 5 from their 20 overs with Sam Evans (54) and Harry Swindels (49) responding in kind for the Ivanhoe.
The scores were tied with two balls to go and with Ryan Dawson picking up James Kirkham from the penultimate ball it was all to play for. However, the pressure clearly didn’t get to Sam Clayton who smashed the final ball and his first delivery over the fence for six to see his side home by three wickets.