Town CC End of Season Round – UP

Syston Town CC celebrated their President’s Day in September with a superb buffet lunch provided by Lee and Katie of Rustic Kitchen. Over fifty sponsors, vice-presidents and guests enjoyed another splendid occasion. They were entertained during the afternoon by a match between The Sunday XI and Wreake Nomads. Ivan and his team who finished comfortably in mid table in Division 1 are shown in the photo. They racked up 156-7 in their 34 overs with the star of the show being Yash Kapdi who won a richly deserved club cap for his 56 not out. Wreake could only manage 98 in reply with Ewan Dealey bowling superbly to take 4-4 and Ben Tebbutt chipping in with 3-19.
It was most unfortunate that President’s Day clashed with the Sirens reaching the East Midlands Regional Finals Day at the Derbyshire County Cricket Ground because many people would have liked to have gone to both events. Unfortunately the Sirens didn’t bring the trophy home but they can be very proud of their achievements in 2023 during which they were crowned Women’s Indoor Social League County Champions and a league campaign which saw them defeated only once during the season.
The 1st XI had a very difficult season and won only two games. Whilst the bowlers generally did their job well the lack of runs was a key factor and not once did the team pass the 200 mark. Several players left for pastures new during the season but the club is determined to rebuild the team to make a promotion challenge next year which will take them back to the Premier Division in 2025.
The 2nd XI also had their troubles but they managed to scramble enough points in their last two games to steer clear of the relegation zone. Player availability was a major issue throughout the summer and it was difficult for the team to achieve any continuity with so many changes each week. The most pleasing aspect of the season for me was the young players who were promoted into the team from the Sunday XI who certainly didn’t let the side down. They fielded superbly, played with a smile on their faces and will have benefited enormously from the experience.
Roger Pole