Town C.C. Hit Rocky Patch

Syston Town’s 1st XI hit a bad patch in mid-August which saw them slip down the Premier Division. The match against Langtons was abandoned due to rain then successive defeats against Cropston, Rothley and Leicester Ivanhoe followed. The match at Cropston was disappointing as, after Syston seemed to be in control, Cropston got away in the last few overs to post a challenging 236-9. Syston’s reply started well and at 90-2 they were well on the way with Ram Ghuman posting a rapid 54. However a collapse followed and Syston were all out for 173 with eleven overs to spare. Champions Rothley then gained revenge for their defeat by Syston earlier in the season by bowling them out for just 99. Rothley also found the going hard against some excellent bowling but they got home with four wickets left. The final home match of the season saw Ivanhoe dismissed for 196 with Zahir Taher taking 4-42 and Syston seemed well on the way at 75-1. However what followed was inexplicable and Syston collapsed to just 88 all out. A positive result is essential in the final game at Kegworth to avoid the possibility of relegation.
The second eleven suffered heavy defeats on their travels to play Maher Stars and Shree Sanatan but had excellent victories over Barwell and Hinckley 2nd XI to banish any relegation fears. Against Barwell, Syston batted first and at 124-7 were in serious trouble but Milo Abraham (33 not out) and Yash Patel (22 not out) put on an invaluable 52 for the eighth wicket in a final total of 176-7. After tea Barwell struggled at first to 45-5 against some excellent fielding and tight bowling in particular by Pete Howard who had remarkable figures 3-14 off his twelve overs. However the century was passed without further loss before two brilliant run-outs by Tosif Ravat and an excellent spell by Chirag Modi (2-50) saw ten required to win off the last over with one wicket left. Chirag kept his nerve and with eight runs scrambled off the first four balls, he bowled out the final batsman to win a marvellous game by the narrowest of margins. At Hinckley, Syston bowled out the hosts for only 116 and knocked off the runs with just five wickets down. Adam Mortimer was man of the match with 4 wickets and 44 runs.
Pete Howard
The Sunday XI recorded an overwhelming victory at home over Stamford. Syston racked up 204-3 with Deon Burton (102 not out) recording his first century for the club. Stamford could only make 61 in reply with Ben Tebbutt (4-15) and Adam Mortimer (3-6) the pick of the bowlers. A trip to Welby followed which saw Syston post 172-8 thanks largely to Adam Mortimer who top scored with 84. The hosts were dismissed for 127 with Harpreet Singh taking 3-21.