Thirds promotion push still alive

The Thirds remain in the hunt for a promotion place from Division Four Central despite a losing draw against promotion rivals Maher Stars at Highfield Rangers last weekend.

The home side posted a competitive 204 for 8 in their rain reduced set of 38 overs with wicketkeeper Vinay top scoring with 108. However, things could have been all so different had Pete Willcocks’ men hung on to eight chances that ultimately hit the turf.

Sileby slow bowlers did the bulk of the damage as Kieran Chance (3-43) and Will Rossiter (3-52) claimed six of the eight wickets to fall while Sileby’s seam attack struggled for their usual penetration.

Two early wickets set Sileby back in their reply with Charles Kindleysides and Robert Scullion back in the hutch for a single and a duck respectively and things went from bad to worse after Dan Tompkins and Chris Bulmer had steadied the ship with a stand of 48 only for Tompkins to be trapped leg before by Givane for 14 to leave things in the balance at 51 for 3.

Bulmer then found an able ally in the shape of Willcocks, with the pair posting 94 for the fourth wicket and with the big hitting pair at the crease anything was possible.

However, Willcocks’ dismissal for 37 saw a slide of five wickets lost for 27 runs as Sileby chased the win they desperately needed to overhaul Shree Sanatan at the top of the table.

However, neither side was able to strike the killer blow they needed and the game ended with Sileby 29 runs short of a win on 176 for 8.

Sileby still sit in second place in the league, despite this result, and go in to their final game against Electricity Sports with an excellent chance of going up if they can gain a positive result.

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