Excellent Start For Town C.C.

Despite losing their first match of the season, Syston Town C.C. 1st XI soon hit back with a winning draw followed by two outright victories to climb to fourth in the Premier Division. At home to Market Harborough in their first game the visitors posted a respectable 215-9, but rather disappointingly Syston could only manage 102 in reply. Syston hit back in grand style in their next game at Leicester Ivanhoe piling up 221-6 with Charles Wootton (60), pictured, in sparkling early season form and George Corbett (63 not out) leading the way. However, Ivanhoe refused to lie down and in a tense finish closed on 209-8. George Corbett, Umar Razzaq and Perry Hill shared the wickets.
At home again, Syston recorded their first victory of the season against Lutterworth. Put into bat, Syston reached a modest 144 thanks largely to a superb 47 from Charles Wootton. Lutterworth were never really in the hunt and skipper Umar Razzaq (4-26) and George Corbett (3-20) were largely responsible for dismissing them for just 107.
The following day, Syston travelled to Market Harborough for the qualifying round of the T20 Cup Competition. In their first game, Syston demolished the home side, scoring a massive 206-6 to win by 74 runs. Charles Wootton once again starred with a wonderful 92.
Next up, Enderby were overcome by 9 wickets with Umar Razzaq (51 not out) and Mo Pardesi (45) easily chasing down Enderby’s 112-7. Syston will play Lutterworth, Rothley and Ivanhoe in the finals.
A trip to Sileby followed and the home side racked up a very useful 274 with George Corbett taking 5-45. However, despite losing an early wicket, Syston knocked off the runs with five overs to spare. Skipper Umar Razzaq led the way with 69 and Charles Wootton (64 not out) and Daniel Vernon (58 not out) on his debut, easily chased the runs down.
The 2nd XI struggled with player availability at the start of the season and consequently the first three games were lost. The only performance of note being 78 by Sachin Moudigal. However in their fourth game, with a stronger team, they won a much needed victory against Leicester Caribbean by seven wickets. There were three wickets each for Joe Dyer and Dave Tebbutt and Paddy Oakman stood firm with 38 not out to see his side safely home.
Roger Pole