Town C.C. Records and Mystery Ball

Syston Town Cricket Club has a comprehensive set of records covering individual and team performances for the 1st XI, 2nd XI, Sunday XI and whole club performances. These records have been updated by John Mills and myself during the winter and full details can be found on the club’s website but the following new records stand out.

Ben Drake

For the 1st XI, Ben Drake (84) and Bilal Pardesi (14) shared a record 9th wicket partnership of 79 and Ram Ghuman’s century against Barrow was a record 7th for the team. Chris Pole’s century against Ratby was his first for the 2nd XI and his 8th for the club.
Ivan Spibey entered the records for the first time in 2018. Ivan (21) and Indy Birk (19) compiled an unbeaten 10th wicket record of 51 for the Sunday XI. There were a number of other records for the Sunday XI. George Corbett’s 51 against Bottesford was the highest score by a number 8, Charlie Taylor (154*) scored his 7th century for the team, Yash Patel (128) made his first century for the club and Ben Tebbutt with 22 wickets became joint highest wicket taker in a season. Charlie Taylor has now scored 10 centuries in all matches for the club and is only one behind record holder John Mills who had better get his bat out again next year.
An old cricket ball has recently come into my possession which contains a plaque bearing the inscription ‘Presented To Arthur Lewin by the Syston Town C.C. 1931’. It was given to me by the granddaughter of Arthur following a house clearance. She remembers being shown the ball as a child but the reason for it being presented has been lost in the mists of time. A detailed search of old minute books and records has shown that Arthur lived in Sandford Road and played for the club from the mid-1920s to the mid-1930s. However this has failed to reveal why the ball was presented, as have conversations I have had with older members of the club. The Lewin family were prominent in the club from its formation in 1904 up to WW2 and any new information about Arthur and the ball would be very welcomed.
Roger Pole