Untimely Death Of Syston Town C.C. Stalwart

The whole club has been shocked and deeply saddened by the untimely death, at the age of just 60, of Syston legend John Mills. John played his first game for Syston in 1973 at the age of thirteen and was still turning out when needed in 2019. The photograph shows John in full flow and in weekend games alone he scored a staggering 18,849 runs at an average of 30.40 and took 1009 wickets at an average of 11.82. His highest score was 119 against Gracedieu Park and his best bowling 8-37 against Earl Shilton.
John truly was a gentle giant, fiercely competitive yet a real gentleman who was well respected by opponents and team mates alike. He will be sorely missed at the club and our thoughts and condolences are with José and his family.
The build up to the new season has gone exceptionally well. The sight screens and scorebox have been refurbished, a new ‘ball stopping’ fence erected on the northern boundary, and improvements have been carried out to the ground in general, the pavilion and the beer store. The weather in March and April was for once very kind to us. Despite it being extremely cold at times, it was largely dry which enabled work on the square to get underway early in the spring. The photograph shows Ken Cooper starting the preseason rolling at the end of March. Restrictions involving the use of the pavilion and changing rooms will still be in place at the start of the season. However it is hoped that these will be gradually eased as the season progresses.
Evening practice sessions at the ground have now been finalised. New members young and old are always welcome to turn up at 6pm. Mondays will see the Sunday XI, Burrough League and over 16s. Tuesdays; kwik cricketers, Wednesdays; senior men, Thursdays; women and Fridays; all juniors; 11s to 15s.
Roger Pole