The second round of the Leicestershire & Rutland League season brought more positive results for our sides and the weekend as a whole brought some excellent performances as three players bagged hundreds, one scored their maiden fifty and there was a five wicket haul from an old stager.
Saturday saw an emotional game between Sileby and Enderby at Mill Lane, with both sides mourning the loss of former team mate John Willett, with both sides observing a minutes applause before the start of play.
Dave Torr blitzed a 69-ball hundred – sharing in an opening stand of 144 with Luke Gale (27) as Sileby posted 291 for 6 in their 50 overs. Enderby’s reply was a spirited one as Leicestershire’s Callum Parkinson helped himself to 67 out of their 212 all out – skipper Jigar Naik picking up 3-29 for the home side while there were braces for Matt Ellis (2-32), Chris Trevis (2-33) and Aaron Smith (2-61) as Sileby picked up the win by 79 runs.
There was a century too in the Second XI game at Kibworth as Joe Charity posted an unbeaten 103 from an unusual spot as opening batsman. The long time number three’s knock was somewhat more sedate than that of Torr, with his knock coming from 129 balls as Sileby posted 262 for 5 – Josh Winterton adding 78.
Sileby were right in the hunt as early strikes from Phil Chamberlain (1-30) and Nathan Preston (1-22) reduced the home side to 6-2 before half centuries from Rikesh Patel (75), David Greenhalgh (59) and an unbeaten 91 from skipper Luke Spence threatened to upset proceedings.
Ryan Dawson (3-63) picked up both Patel and Greenhalgh to put the brakes on the charge from the home side as they ultimately fell 18 runs short of their target, giving Sileby a winning draw.
Asim Khan picked up 6-32 as Maher Stars were rolled out for 112 by the Thirds. Their meagre target proved to be a spur for the visitors as they put in an excellent bowling performance of their own to reduce Sileby to 38 for 5 and 78 for 8 as Lacma and Pathak picked up three wickets each.
However, Dan Tompkins dug in with a priceless 36 not out and aided by George Smith (21 not out) they saw their side over the finishing line with two wickets in hand.
Things were a little less fraught on Sunday when a century from Mo Khan (110) set up an 84-run win for the Thirds over YMA in the preliminary round of the Challenge Cup.
Once again, Tompkins was in the runs with an unbeaten 43 and Kieran Chance added 30 from the openers berth as Sileby posted 230 for 4 from their 40 overs.
YMA were never really in the hunt as Will Rossiter (3-28) and Steve Ingram (3-29) picked up three wickets each to see the visitors bowled out for 146.
Finally, the Sunday XI picked up decent points, although ultimately not the win, in their away game against Empingham at Exton Road. Nathan Preston (3-50) picked up three wickets as the home side posted 221 for 8.
Harry Bates showed his prowess with the bat as he hit his first fifty for Sileby as he hit 55, Connor Simon made 49 and Richard Preston 33 as Sileby folded for 189.