Despite the hard work of members, Syston Town 1st XI were once again thwarted by cracks in the outfield so the home match against Kegworth had to be abandoned. Then, to cap it all, the return fixture at Kegworth had to be abandoned due to rain after Syston had made a promising start. However, skipper Mo Pardesi and his team can be proud of their efforts this year finishing comfortably mid table with ten wins. Lady Luck certainly didn’t shine on them and in the dark days of winter, they may ponder what might have been if three games hadn’t been ruled out at home due to the state of the ground and the home fixture against bottom team Market Harborough hadn’t been lost to the weather.
The 2nd XI won away at Shree Sanatan by 4 runs in a high scoring
game with skipper Dharmist Bathia, pictured left, top scoring with 48. The reverse
fixture proved to be a match too far however and they went down to
defeat by 9 wickets. Nevertheless Dharmist and his team can also be
proud of their efforts this season. Nine matches were won and a fifth
place finish was their highest since elevation to Division 3 in 2014. Player availability was a major problem for most of the summer and
if they could field a consistently strong side they could possibly be
challenging for honours next year.
The club held their President’s Day celebration at the ground in September and during the afternoon the Sunday XI played a friendly match against Frisby, Hoby and Rotherby. Before the start of the game President David Fox, 58 guests and sponsors were entertained to a superb roast lunch in the clubhouse. The meal was provided by Lee and Katie Harding, the proprietors of Rustic Kitchen, and I don’t know how they do it but the quality just gets better and better every year. The whole day was a splendid occasion with the sun even managing to shine all afternoon and the club edged home to win a keenly fought cricket match by two wickets.