Evans again in form for Ivanhoe

by Harry Josephs

Sam Evans followed up his century last week with a classy 71 as Leicester Ivanhoe secured 30 points this weekend against Lutterworth in the Everards Leicestershire and Rutland Premier Division.

Ivanhoe lost the toss, were inserted by Lutterworth and bowled out off the last ball of the innings for 200. Evans top-scored; his runs came from 135 balls in an innings that included five boundaries and one maximum.

Evans received support initially from Harry Swindells, who scored 26, and Jake Beaumont (27) to get their side up to 200. For Lutterworth, Karl Smith took 6-54 from his 10-over allocation.

Lutterworth’s chase looked comfortable at 161 for 4 with Alec Hill scoring 49 and Craig Wilson 47. However, Lutterworth then collapsed to 191 all out; James Graham was the star with the ball for Ivanhoe, taking 4-33 from 8.5 overs and there were two run outs meaning Ivanhoe ran out winners by nine runs.

Sileby Town took another step towards the title with a six-wicket win over Market Harborough. Rob Taylor top-scored with 69; however, he lacked support with only Joe Kendall and Max Levine scoring above 20 for Harborough.

Umar Afzal caused the majority of the problems for the Harborough batting line up taking 5-42, Jigar Naik was impressive, conceding just 12 runs from his 10 overs, and Liam Kinch and Aaron Smith each took two wickets apiece.

Sileby’s chase didn’t get off to the smoothest of starts and Harborough would have had hope with Sileby at 47 for 4.

However, Jake Gillett dropped anchor with 61 not out from 121 balls and Mitchell Buck was more aggressive with 80 from 84 balls to see their side to a comfortable win in the end. Having starred with the bat, Taylor was also Harborough’s best performer with the ball, taking each of the four wickets to fall.

Enderby got their second win of the season to just about keep their survival chances alive. Rothley Park batted first and Charles Dagnall top-scored with 80. Wicket-keeper Irfan Karim contributed 52 as Rothley made 275-6.

The Enderby chase was led by Shaun Wormington who scored 90 and Neal Mackey (60). Enderby reached their total seven wickets down with Tom Cartwright finishing 21 not out and Matthew Yates 13 not out.

Barrow Town came out with a winning draw against Loughborough Town. Barrow batted first and scored 224 before being bowled out from the penultimate ball of their innings.

Opener Jack Nightingale top-scored for Barrow with 46, Rahul Avatar posted 32 and Sardeep Salgotra 31 got their side up to a defendable score. Kyle Saddington took 3-39 from his 10-over allocation and Nil Patel took 3-42 from 9.5 overs for Loughborough.

Loughborough’s chase started well with openers Anish Patel and Ashish Trusz putting on 80 for the first wicket. However, the next eight Loughborough wickets fell for the loss of 98 runs meaning Leicestershire academy bowler Jacob Bailey and Nil Patel had to bat out for the draw. Salgotra took three wickets for Barrow but they could not quite force the victory.

Barkby United and Kegworth Town also shared a draw in an eventful game. Kegworth won the toss and inserted Barkby who scored 234 before being bowled out. Barkby wicket-keeper Ben Silver top-scored with 58 batting at number three and Barkby skipper Steve Flowers made 40.

A middle order wobble left Barkby in a tricky position, however, Matthew Bartram scored 33 to boost his side to 234. For Kegworth, James Dickinson and Jordan Holmes each took three wickets.

In reply, Kegworth opener Brent Williams scored the only century in the league this weekend with 105 but only Craig Ashcroft and Danny Murty passed 20 for Kegworth which made their chase difficult. Kegworth finished 220-9 leaving them 14 runs short and Barkby just one wicket away from victory. Scott Moore had given Barkby hope recording figures of 5 for 46 from 10 overs.

In the final game in the division Syston recorded a victory against Kibworth. Syston batted first and made 246-7 from their 50 overs as Umar Razzaq recorded 90 not out. In reply Kibworth were bowled out for 190 as Ram Ghuman took 4 for 14. His side ran out winners by a margin of 56 runs.