Town C.C. Consolidate Premiership Position

In the last four weeks, despite going down to Kibworth, Syston Town 1st XI consolidated their position in the top half of the table with victories over Sileby and Barkby. After being put into bat by Kibworth, Syston fought hard to post a challenging score of 221-8 with Faisal Jariwala and Ram Ghuman both scoring half centuries. After tea Kibworth found the going somewhat easier and passed Syston’s score with only four wickets down. The next match against Loughborough was washed out but Syston then entertained Sileby Town and won a splendid victory by 19 runs. Syston were invited to bat first on a wicket affected by rain and they struggled to reach 172 with Faisal Jariwala (43) and George Corbett (38) the pick of the batsmen. In reply Sileby also found the going hard against some excellent bowling and with Bilal Pardesi (4-39) leading the way, they were dismissed for 153. Syston then travelled to Barkby and did well, on another rain affected wicket, to reach 158-9 with Charles Wootton posting a splendid 52. In reply Barkby’s innings never really got going and they were dismissed for just 95 with Zahir Taher taking 3-24.
The 2nd XI made it four wins in a row
with a superb away victory over Newbold Verdon. The home side had no answer to Mikesh Kansagra (3-26) and Joe Storer (3-32) and were dismissed for just 148. The Royale brothers led the way as Syston reached their target with only three wickets down. George made 48 and Charlie 36. The next match against Melton was lost to the weather but with player availability, once again becoming a serious issue, heavy defeats followed against Ketton and Barkby 2nd XI. Ketton posted a challenging 216-8 and in reply Syston could only reach 146 despite Adam Mortimer top scoring with 47. In the face of some excellent bowling by Barkby 2nd XI, Syston were dismissed for a disappointing 83 which Barkby passed with only two wickets down.
The Sunday XI made a valiant effort to record an improbable victory against Melton Mowbray. The visitors racked up 251-5 and in reply Syston seemed out of it at one time. However Harpreet Singh (52) and Joe Howlett (37) led the fight back but Syston fell agonisingly short by just seven runs in the final over. Evington Lions also set a daunting target of 253-7 in the next home game. They were held in check by Ewan Dealey who took three wickets and made a splendid run out. Syston were 50-2 in reply when the heavens opened once more. Rain was the only winner the following week as well when a torrential downpour just before the start saw the match against Croxton Kerrial abandoned.
Roger Pole