A thrilling finale in the play off for third and fourth place saw Sileby edge a win over Rothley by just two points to top a memorable days cricket at Loughborough Charnwood Old Boys this Sunday.
Sileby took along 12 of their under 10’s with 8 playing in each match. Continuing Sileby’s decision this year to give as many of the kwik players a chance to play in competitive matches, the teams were mixed up for each game, with everyone playing in at least two matches.
The group stages had Sileby facing Grace Dieu first followed by Ratby and finishing with Electricity Sports 1.
The first two games saw Sileby’s players in top form with impressive batting performances from James Whyte with 3 4s and a 6 from his opening partnership with Ben Marshall. The excellent batting continued without a wicket falling until the third match, a fabulous achievement and made a massive difference to the scores as each wicket deducts 5 points from the final score.
Sileby were equally as impressive with the ball, with the team bowling significantly fewer wides than their opponents and getting 8 wickets with the loss of just two of their own over the three group matches.
Notable bowling performances came from Lauren Cherry, Chris Smith and James Whyte, each taking 3 wickets apiece, whilst newcomers to the match scene Erica Barber-Banks and Isobel Walker both bowled accurately, Isobel achieving a maiden with her first over in a competitive match.
The third game saw Sileby lose to a well drilled Electricity Sports 1 team, whose bowling matched that of Sileby’s earlier performances, bowling just 4 wides and limiting Sileby’s batsmen to scoring just 8 single runs with the loss of 2 wickets.
Enough points had been amassed from the earlier two matches to put Sileby into the play-off for third and fourth place, with the final being contested between Queniborough and Electricity Sports 1, the former running out eventual worthy winners.
It was the play off final between Sileby and Rothley though that had all the elements that make this format of cricket so exciting. Rothley won the toss and put Sileby in to bat. The runs were steadily added and Rothley’s middle over bowlers helped by adding 8 wides.
Dom Walker hit 3 fours in the final pairing with Sam Davies and Sileby lost just 2 wickets to end on 238. Rothley steadily put on the runs but Sileby maintained the pressure by getting 4 wickets, James Whyte, Josh Bowman and Chris Smith all on target whilst Lauren Cherry finished off an excellent maiden over with a well-deserved wicket, running out a Rothley batsman at the bowlers end after more impressive work out in the field.
Rothley were left with needing 19 off their last over. Maddie Douglas-Needham, captain for the match, was on bowling duty but she was faced with an impressive batting display from the Rothley final pair, hitting two fours and a six with some fine strokes, including a couple of reverse sweeps. 15 off the first 4 balls put Rothley in a commanding position, however the field went deep and a match saving stop on the boundary by Dom Walker preventing an almost certain 4 meant that Rothley only managed a single from the fifth ball.
Maddie kept her nerve for the final ball of the match and the result again was just a single run, leaving Sileby victorious, 238 against 236.
If only it had been the Final!
With the sun shining, the BBQ on and lots of great cricket on show, what better way to spend Fathers day! Many thanks to all those Parents, family and friends that came along to cheer on the side, and how good it was to see the children encouraging each other and working so well as a team. Well done Sileby.
Silebys Kwik Cricketers proudly wearing their new ‘Kelvin Energy’ sponsored match shirts at Loughborough Charnwood Old Boys Kwik Cricket Tournament Last Sunday.
Back Row, Left to right: Chris Smith, Isobel Walker, Josh Bowman, Dom Walker, Sam Davies, Ben Marshall, Maddie Douglas Needham
Front Row: Lauren Cherry, Flora Davies, James Whyte, Ellisia Douglas Needham, Erica Barber-Banks