Ketton Sports defeat Syston Town 2nds in Division Three East of the Leicestershire Cricket League
Ketton Sports secured their first win of the Division Three East season after a three-wicket home success over Syston Town 2nds.
Home skipper Mat Bird had won the toss and his decision to field was backed up by a tight bowling display from the Sports side.
Adam Renton and James Thomas bowled well as an opening pair to keep Syston in check early on.
Thomas conceded just 24 runs from his six overs while Renton picked up wickets at the other end to finish with 5-36 from nine overs that included four maidens.
Jonny Smith then bowled economically to produce four maidens in his 11-over spell while the introduction of Will Bird saw him claim the vital wicket of Ben Drake for 30 in his opening over just as the Syston batsman was hitting his stride.
As the heavens opened with a torrential downpour, Sports looked to carry on and reassert their dominance but, as the ball became wetter, Syston started to dominate.
They put on a 54-run stand for the eighth wicket before the players eventually went off due to the weather in the 33rd over.
On their return, Nathan Adams and skipper Bird closed out the innings as Syston finished their 40 overs on 191-9.
Will Bird ended with 2-43 from eight overs while Mat Bird took 1-21 and Adams 1-22.
Sports made a strong start in their reply through the opening efforts of Cristian Durant and Jacob Miller.
Durant was very much back in business with some lovely shots to reach his half-century while Miller kept things ticking over at the other end in his 36.
Sports then lost some quick wickets with Mat Bird and Laurence Davis both departing after the openers.
Will Bird and Smith were able to stabilise the innings though while also keeping the scoreboard ticking over.
They moved Sports into a good position with a 66-run stand that saw Bird score 37 and Smith strike 27.
Renton and Adams then took over to see Sports home with seven balls of their innings remaining.