Syston Town Sunday XI closed their season with two victories against Buckminster and Barrowby and Croxton Kerrial. Syston piled up 263-6 in 35 overs against Buckminster with Yash Patel (pictured) smashing 135 not out. It was Yash’s second century for the club and contained 19 fours and 3 sixes. In reply their opponents must have been shell shocked as they were dismissed for just 61. In the final match Croxton struggled to 107 on a wet wicket and Syston knocked off the runs in 27 overs for victory by 6 wickets with Charlie Royle, who has been in splendid form throughout this curtailed season, unbeaten on 51. The wickets were shared in both games but special mention must go to the Tebbutt family, Dave, Ben and James taking 11 of the available 20 wickets between them. The Sunday XI can be very pleased with their performance in the end of season mini league. They finished runner-up in Division 2 of the Grantham and Melton Cricket Association with four wins from their six matches.
Despite little cricket being played the club has seen some notable performances. Charles Wootton scored his eighth century for the 1st XI taking him ahead of Ram Ghuman (7) and John Mills (6) and Charlie Royle, despite his tender years, made his 2000th run for the club. Those of us fortunate enough to have seen Umar Razzaq’s unique feat of taking four wickets with the first four balls of an innings are unlikely to ever see it repeated. However, four club members have taken four wickets in four balls during an innings, namely Percy Cooper (twice), Jim Palmer, Lionel Arnold and Sam Storer.