The Cricket Season Is Up And Running

Syston Town C.C. 1st XI got their season off to a flying start with a splendid victory at Kegworth. The home side amassed a daunting 257-2 but Syston rose to the challenge. Charles Wootton cracked a superb 121 and shared partnerships of 86 with Mohamed Iqbal (24) and 119 with Aleem Mahmood (57). Syston lost a few wickets near the end but got home safely to win by two wickets.
Unfortunately, it was a different story against Leicester Ivanhoe in the first home match of the season. Ivanhoe, after reaching 86 with only two wickets down, were skittled for just 137. Syston’s spinners did the damage with skipper Mo Pardesi (in the photograph) taking 5-31 and Zahir Taher 2-29. Despite Ram Ghuman hitting 34, Syston’s inning never really gained any momentum and they were all out for a disappointing 114. The third match scheduled to be at Kibworth and the 2nd XI match at home to Medbourne both fell foul of the weather.
The 2nd XI suffered a heavy defeat in their first match against Leicester University Staff who scored a challenging 225, despite skipper Adam Mortimer bowling superbly to take 5-30. After tea Syston struggled to make progress against some steady bowling and wickets began to fall regularly. Chris Pole (51 not out) did his best to hold the innings together but the team could only muster 157-8 at the close. In the next game against Ketton Sports the 2nd XI had Chirag Modi (52) and Ayaan Pathan (30) to thank for reaching a respectable 191-9 after being 97-7. Syston made Ketton fight hard for the runs but they eventually got home with three wickets to spare.
The Sunday XI made a brilliant start to the season with three wins in a row. Against Croxton Kerrial they piled up 260-8 with Yash Patel smashing 90 not out and Joe Howlett 73. Chirag Modi (3-20) was the pick of the bowlers as Croxton could only manage 153-9 in reply. Market Overton were next up and they were dismissed for just 141 with Mo Salejee taking 3-36 and Yash Patel 3-12 including a hat trick. Syston knocked off the runs with 18 overs to spare and only two wickets down. In form Joe Howlett hitting 81 not out and Simran Supra 40.
The bad weather relented allowing the trip to Stamford Town to go ahead as planned. Tight bowling restricted the home side to 165-5 with Ben Tebbutt and Mo Salejee taking two wickets apiece. Syston knocked off the runs with six overs to spare thanks largely to Mo Salejee (64 not out) and Asad Pathan (38).