Town C.C. Continue Topsy Turvy Season

Ram Ghuman

The last four weeks have witnessed yet more varied performances by Syston Town CC. in what is becoming a topsy turvy season. A visit to Kibworth saw last year’s champions rattle up 315-3 with Syston only managing 156 in a heavy defeat. Loughborough Town were next up and Syston squeezed home to win a marvellous game of cricket. Batting first Loughborough reached 229-6 with Tosif Ravat taking the bowling honours with 3-33. After tea Syston were struggling at 120-6 until Ben Drake (63) and Tosif (40) came together and put on 85 to get Syston within touching distance of victory. However wickets began to tumble and five runs were still needed when the last pair Asif Mia and Billy Pardesi came together. Cool heads saw Syston home to win a nerve wracking game with just one ball to spare. A trip to Sileby followed and once again Syston got home by the narrowest of margins. Sileby batted first and set an imposing 264-5 with only tight bowling by Tosif Ravat and Ben Drake keeping the score in check. Ram Ghuman (88) and Aleem Mahmood (40) got the reply off to a confident start but wickets began to fall rapidly and at 227-9 Syston still needed 29 with just 14 balls left. Skipper Mo Pardesi held firm and with some excellent hitting guided his team to another splendid victory with two balls to spare. Rain was the only winner the following week with both 1stXI and 2ndXI matches against Barkby being abandoned.
The second XI are also experiencing an up and down season. Having previously won three matches in a row they followed it by losing their next three. The team could only manage 134 at home against Newbold Verdon who knocked off the runs with just three wickets down. A trip to Melton Mowbray followed and in reply to the hosts 284-4 they were all out for 154 with Faisal Jariwala top scoring with 47. Ketton Sports were the next visitors to Potters Lane and they posted a daunting 297-4. The seconds gave it a good go but could only reach 210 with Faisal once again top scoring with 86 not out and was well supported by Chris Pole with 39.
The Sunday XI got their season going with a trip to Melton but could only make 91 and fell to defeat by six wickets. The games against Evington and Croxton Kerrial fell foul of the weather but Syston posted 199-5 at home to Buckminster with Deon Burton top scoring with 55. Buckminster made a good start in reply but Dave Tebbutt with 4-32 took the bowling honours in a victory by 62 runs.
Roger Pole