Evans and Swindells post centuries

by Harry Josephs

Leicestershire youngsters Sam Evans and Harry Swindells both hit centuries but Leicester Ivanhoe couldn’t quite force victory against Barkby on Saturday. 

Ivanhoe batted first and racked up 263 for 6 from their 50 overs in the Everards Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket League. 

Evans opened and Swindells, who recently signed his first professional contract with the club, batted at three. They were bought together early when opener Peter Dickson was dismissed for 5 and batted the majority of the innings together. 

The opener was dismissed for a season high 114 and Swindells scored his second Everards Premier League century of the season. For Barkby, Cameron Sharp took 4-51 and was the pick of the Barkby bowlers.

Barkby built numerous partnerships without any of their batsmen putting on a substantial score and no batsmen passed 50. 

Tom Flowers registered 48 not out and was supported well by wicket-keeper David Tew, who scored 44. Leicestershire all-rounder Will Fazakerley made 21 for Barkby batting at number three. Lee Hunt returned excellent figures of 10-2-32-2 for Ivanhoe but his best efforts could not quite get his side the win.

League leaders Sileby were in comprehensive form on Saturday as they recorded a comfortable six-wicket victory over Rothley Park. 

Rothley batted first and were bowled out for 152. The Sileby bowlers shared the wickets around with Neil Pullen taking 3 for 20 from his 10 overs while Ryan Dawson, Jigar Naik and Umar Afzal each taking two wickets. For Rothley Philip DeFreitas top scored with 39 and captain Hamzah Khan scored 29. 

Sileby’s innings got off to a shaky start and at 40-3 Rothley Park were very much in the game. Jigar Naik and Liam Kinch steadied the ship putting on 43 before Naik was dismissed but Mitchell Buck supported Kinch to see their side to a six-wicket victory. 

Kinch finished up 44 not out and Buck was unbeaten on 37. Former New Zealand bowler Iain O’Brien was Rothley’s best bowler, bowling seven overs and taking two wickets for just 20 runs.

Second placed Kibworth secured a comfortable victory against Barrow Town. Barrow batted first and made 188-9 from their 50 overs. Opener Jack Nightingale scored 39 and Rishi Patel 25 but wicket-keeper Rahul Avatar made an innings high 51* to get his side to a competitive total. 

Bhavik Patel took four wickets for Kibworth and Jon Buttler, who opened the bowling, finished with the impressive figures of 8-4-19-3.

Kibworth reached their target for the loss of just four wickets, Josh Peel top-scored with 91 in an innings that included 14 boundaries. Captain Sundeep Patel saw his side home with 58 not out. Stansha Galloway took 2-23 and Ankesh Dunsuclal 2-39 but despite this Kibworth got home with relative ease.

Loughborough Town’s recent good form continued as they beat Enderby by eight wickets. Enderby batted first but were blown away by George Kenny, who returned stunning figures of 10-4-16-6 as Enderby were bowled out for 139. 

Sohail Patel made 37 and Shaun Worthington top-scored with 39. Loughborough lost just two wickets in chasing down the target. Skipper Anish Patel scored 60 not out and Shyam Patel 45.

Lutterworth and Market Harborough shared a close game on Saturday which ended with Lutterworth claiming a winning draw. 

Batting first Lutterworth made 225-4 from their 50 overs with opener Matt Pickering scoring 78 not out. He was supported by Will Hunt, who made 52 not out. 

Lutterworth then managed to get Market Harborough nine wickets down however they could not get that final wicket to secure them victory.

For Market Harborough Don Butchart scored 50 and Joe Kendall made 39 to give their side a sniff at victory. Hunt’s fine game continued as he took 4 for 38 from eight overs and Darren Cader bowled well, finishing his 10-over allocation with 10-3-20-2. 

In the final game in the division, Kegworth and Syston shared a close encounter. Kegworth were bowled out for 172 in 46.2 overs with Danny Murty top-scoring with 50. Syston chased down their target with seven wickets down. Daniel Vernon was crucial to their chase as he made 51.