Syston Town C.C suffered the agony of losing in the semi-final of the County Cup for the second year running. This time it was Loughborough Town who broke Syston’s hearts by the narrow margin of just 11 runs. Batting first, Loughborough’s top order was demolished by George Corbett (3-13) in a fiery opening burst. They managed to stage a partial recovery but were dismissed for 141 with Mo Pardesi weighing in with 3-30. Syston slumped to 56-5 in reply, but Ben Drake (26) and Charlie Taylor (22) added 63 to give Syston a real chance of victory. However, with overs running out, wickets began to fall and Syston were bowled out for 130 in the final over.
In the league, victories over Kegworth and Kibworth made it four wins in a row as Syston consolidated third place in the Premier Division. However, disappointing defeats against Loughborough Town and Rothley followed. Kegworth were bowled out for 172 and Syston knocked off the runs thanks largely to Dan Vernon (51) and Ben Drake (44 not out). Syston racked up 246-7 against Kibworth with skipper Umar Razzaq top scoring with 90 not out. A draw seemed the most likely result but Kibworth were undone by spinner Ram Ghuman (4-14) and folded to 190 all out. Against Loughborough Town, after being put in to bat, Syston could only muster 95 and went down by nine wickets. A much weakened side bowled well to dismiss Rothley for 184 with Mo Pardesi taking 4-41. However in reply, despite Charles Wootton making 46, Syston were dismissed for 126.
The second XI’s results continued to improve and hard fought draws against Bardon Hill and Hinckley Town 2nd XI were followed by successive victories over Ratby Town and Huncote. Syston battled hard to reach 188-9 against Ratby with Faisal Jariwala making 69. Ratby had no answer to Joe Storer (5-17) as they were bowled out for just 100. Huncote were then bowled out for 99 with George Corbett, Joe Storer and skipper Dharmist Bathia sharing the wickets. Chris Pole (45 not out) and Scott Cooper (25 not out) saw Syston comfortably home.
The Sunday XI followed defeats to Frisby and Barkby with victory over Stamford. Yash Patel top scored with 27 and took 4-23 against Frisby. George Corbett (96) just missed out on a century against Barkby and Ayaan Pathan took the bowling honours with 4-31. Ben Drake rattled up 128 against Stamford then followed it up with 3-5 in a 78 run victory.