When the green light was eventually given for recreational cricket to commence all matches were subjected to strict guidelines issued by the ECB. These include social distancing measures that have now become the norm and sanitization of equipment and facilities before, during and after games. Changing rooms and clubhouses cannot be used and players must come ready to play and bring their own food and drink. It is certainly a strange new world but at least the players will have a few weeks to burn off some of their pent up energy after a summer of inactivity.
Syston Town C.C. finally got their season underway when the Sunday XI travelled to Melton Mowbray on July 26th. Syston posted a respectable 183 in their 35 overs thanks largely to 88 from Charlie Royale. Melton lost six wickets in knocking off the runs with Ben Tebbutt taking 2-38. The following Saturday saw the first game at Potter’s Lane with a friendly fixture against Kibworth. The visitors rattled up 225-7 with Joe Dyer (3-12) easily the pick of the bowlers. For Syston Charlie Royale was again top scorer with 31 and Charles Wootton and Ben Drake also had useful batting practice in what turned out to be a heavy defeat. The next day saw the Sunday XI score freely against visitors Frisby HR and reach 218-4 with both George Royale and Adam Mortimer hitting 55. Frisby were restricted to 154-7 with Ben Tebbutt, Harpreet Singh and Adam Mortimer all taking two wickets.
It is also pleasing to report that, despite the lockdown, the club has not been completely inactive during the summer months and has continued to improve its facilities. Two new mowers for use on the square have been acquired from Richard Shepherd to replace those damaged in the floods. Richard, as always, has been a great help in getting the club through a very difficult time. Ken Cooper is photographed using one of the new machines to finally start some serious wicket preparation. I reported in the last edition on the club’s replacement nets and now, in addition, excellent new shutters have been installed to the pavilion by Adams Industrial Doors Ltd. Richard Rhodes did an excellent job for the club repairing the fence on the southern boundary and Andy Checklin has installed six splendid new windows to the pavilion. All we need now is some fine weather and some exciting cricket to watch to help us through what is likely to be a very long winter.