Pardesi Brothers Boost for Town C.C.

Syston Town CC 1st XI’s matches in May against Kibworth and Barrow Town were both abandoned and the matches against Sileby and Langtons saw Syston bowled out cheaply on damp wickets after being put into bat. When league leaders Newtown Linford were the visitors in early June, Syston were in urgent need of a victory. They fought hard to post 153 against some excellent bowling with Faisal Jariwala top scoring with a very patient 47. In reply Newtown raced out of the blocks to reach 81 in just 11 overs. However Syston’s spinners turned the game on its head in dramatic fashion. Skipper Mo Pardesi bowled superbly to post figures of 9-2-18-7 and his slow bowling partner Zahir Taher had even more miserly figures of 10-2-11-2. A run out by Faisal completed the collapse and Newtown were all out for just 114. An incredible game which will live long in the memory of those lucky enough to be present.
The 2nd XI also had matches against Medbourne and Langtons abandoned. When Lutterworth 2nd XI visited Potter’s Lane they were restricted to 143-6. Syston, after a few wobbles, knocked off the runs to win by three wickets thanks largely to Mo Salagee (46) and Faisal Jariwala (46 not out). Against Barkby 2nd XI Syston were restricted to 124 and in reply Barkby were reduced to 33-4 but hung on to win an excellent game by 4 wickets. Bharat Sports were next up and the 2nd XI restricted the home side to 150-7. Pace bowler Bilal Pardesi led the attack taking 5-38 and making it 12 wickets on the day for the Pardesi brothers (both are pictured left). Syston chased down the runs to win by 5 wickets thanks to Asad Pathan (37), George Royle (29) and Dharmist Bathia (30 not out).
The Sunday XI continued their excellent form winning three more games to make it six wins in a row. Barrow Town were dismissed for 147 with the Tebbutt brothers, Ben and James both taking 3-20. Syston knocked off the runs to win by 5 wickets with major contributions from Mo Salagee (48 not out) and Yash Patel (32). Against Melton Mowbray, Syston racked up 235-5 with Asad Pathan making 88 and Kishan Dattani 50 not out. Melton set off at a gallop to chase down the target and finished just four runs short on 231-8. Charlie Taylor was the pick of the bowlers with 3-40. A trip to Buckminster followed and the home team set a challenging total of 204-7. However, Asad Pathan was in imperious form striking a magnificent 144 to see Syston home with ten overs to spare.