Winning run comes to an end
HINCKLEY Towns winning run came to an end on Saturday when they lost at Rothley by 28 runs, although they managed to gain 11 valuable points from the game.
This was quite a good performance considering they had key players missing and Rothley are top of the table and already promoted. Hinckley won the toss and asked the hosts to bat. They lost their first wicket when Sheikh was caught and bowled by Hinckley captain Rag Sen for 13 with the score on 27. Then a second-wicket stand of 101 between opener Irfan Karin and number three Sam Wood took them on to 128 after 25 overs.
At this point Ward was lbw to Valand for 58. The impressive Karm then dominated proceedings until he was seventh out for 107 sharing a sixth wicket stand of 60 with Chris Trevis.
Rothley finished on 233 for 8 after 43 overs the game being reduced by two overs because of rain.
Bapodra and Valand both took twowickets for Hinckley and Deuchande 3. Hinckley’s innings got off to a good start being well ahead of the required run rate.
Patel and Pathan putting on 24 for the first wicket. Patel was bowled by Welch for 21 at which point Pathen was joined by Valand and they took the score on to 91 with Pathan eventually being caught off the bowling of Sheik for 29.
Although Hinckley were well up with the run rate they began to lose wickets at regular intervals. Hinckley’s number seven Japlan Patel was their top scorer with 47 and was last out with the score on 205 in the 42nd over. Rothley’s Adam Hackett took four wickets for 32 runs and Alif Sheik 3. Hinckley now play second in the table Cropston in their last two games. The first is at home on Saturday knowing a win would see them mathematically safe .