After a long wait Syston Town CC 1st XI finally got to play a short series of five matches in August but due to the lockdown restrictions still in place in Leicester, they had to field a relatively young side of mixed ability. Perversely, after waiting so long to play, nearly all of the matches were affected by rain. Nevertheless the highlight of the brief season was a sparkling century by Charles Wootton (pictured) against Barkby. Playing shots all round the wicket he hit 8 sixes and 8 fours in a wonderful display of controlled aggression. The matches also saw the return to the club of two former first team captains, Charlie Taylor and Umar Razzaq. They are both excellent players of vast experience who will help to strengthen the club in what we hope will be a full season in 2021.
The highlight of the 2nd XIs short season was the game against Illston Abey in which Umar Razzaq took an unprecedented four wickets with the first four balls of Illston’s innings and finished with figures of 7-14. Syston, who batted first, had racked up a record 352-4 with Mo Iqbal, Kabir Dhadyalla and Abrar Pathan all passing the half century mark. Thanks to Umar, Illston’s innings never got off the ground and they struggled to 69 all out. The seconds chased a daunting target of 222 against Lutterworth 2nd XI and despite Kabir Dhadyall working hard for 70, they finally went down by 37 runs. The team rattled up 225-6 against Kibworth with Assad Pathan (107) scoring his first century for the club, well supported by Charlie Royle with 63. Kibworth could only manage 135 in reply with Jack Blackwell (4-19) the pick of the bowlers. Highfield Rangers were next up and after being 128-7 they hit out to post a challenging 191-8. George Royle and Chirag Modi both put in excellent spells and finished with three wickets apiece. Rangers bowling attack was too much for Syston and despite a battling innings by Umar Razzaq, they could only muster 109.
The Sunday XI continued their winning ways with a narrow victory over Market Overton. Syston were indebted to Harpreet Singh who smashed 82 of their total of 164. Ewan Dealey and James Taylor (3-36) both bowled tightly at the death to restrict the opposition to just 159. However they came down to earth in their next game against Egerton Park. Despite posting a challenging 222-6 with Harpreet Singh making 81 and Adam Mortimer 54, it proved to be not enough as Egerton Park knocked off the runs only losing one wicket in the process.