17th September 2017
Lutterworth maintain Premier status
by Harry Josephs
Lutterworth avoided the drop from the Leicestershire and Rutland Everards Premier Division by beating Enderby in the relegation play-off between the two sides.
Enderby batted first and made 180-8 from their 50 overs. Steve Coulson and Matthew Yates top-scored with 31, Yates and Tom Cartwright 29*, helped boost Enderby to a competitive total and opener Sohail Patel made 28.
Lutterworth captain Nathan Welham was the star with the ball as he took 3-15 from 10 overs and Karl Smith also took three wickets, conceding 33 runs from his allocation.
In response Lutterworth opener Oliver Pickering saw his side to victory hitting an unbeaten 105, Leicestershire wicket-keeper Lewis Hill scored 19 and his brother Alec was 24 not out as Lutterworth reached their victory total for the loss of two wickets.
Callum Parkinson, on the back of his ten-wicket haul against Worcestershire, bowled economically giving away just 33 runs from 10 overs.
Kegworth and Rothley Park finished the season with a low-scoring game. Kegworth made 169 before being bowled out in the penultimate over. George Scottorn posted 35 and there were useful contributions from Brent Williams 19 and Ziab Khan 17. Wickets were spread around the Rothley attack.
Ziab Khan then ran through the Rothley line-up, taking 6-22 from 9.5 overs. Rothley captain Hamzah Khan top-scored with 21 but his side were bowled out for 63. Jordan Holmes and Scottern each took two wickets.
Champions Sileby suffered defeat at the hand of Barkby, who batted first and amassed a huge 330 from their 50 overs. Skipper Steve Flowers top-scored with 131, with wicket-keeper David Tew scoring 85 and opener Tom Flowers made 63. Aaron Smith, Jigar Naik and Will Legg each took two wickets.
Barkby’s Cameron Sharp then took six Sileby wickets and conceded just 39 runs from his 10-over allocation. Will Legg (35), Luke Gale (33) and Jake Gillett (28) were the three highest scorers but Sileby didn’t get close to the Barkby score, losing by 123 runs.
Leicester Ivanhoe finished their season on a high, beating Barrow Town comprehensively. Barrow batted first and were bowled out for 107. Leicester Ivanhoe overseas player Peter Dickson marked his final appearance for Ivanhoe by steering his side to victory with an unbeaten 54 as his side won by seven wickets.
Loughborough Town and Kibworth ended their seasons by sharing a high-scoring draw. Kibworth batted first and racked up a massive 341 for the loss of just six wickets in their innings. Matt Craven finished the season with 125. Dips Patel then made 92 as Loughborough finished up on 178 for 8.
Market Harborough comfortably beat Syston by eight wickets. Charlie Taylor top-scored for Syston with 51 while Joe Gordon took three for 30 from eight overs. Rob Taylor saw Harborough to victory with 70.