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County Shield winners

It's been an excellent summer to date for Anstey and Glenfield Cricket Club. The club have just clinched the 20/20 County Shield, hosted a fabulous Presidents Day and the first and second teams are having good seasons in their respective divisions.
The victory in the 20/20 County Shield was a brilliant achievement for the club. The competition is open to all clubs in Division 4 and below. The team had to win 4 matches in total to clinch the trophy. They started with victories against Twycross and Hathern Old which meant Finals Day qualification. The 4 teams who won through to Finals Day, which took place at Leicester Ivanhoe, were Anstey and Glenfield, City Cricketers, Huncote and Great Glen. Anstey and Glenfield, captained by Joe Harris were drawn to face City Cricketers and they beat them relatively quite comfortably. Anstey and Glenfield scored 140 from their 20 overs, with them bowling the opposition out for 94. Ravi Maharajan was the star performer scoring 32 with the bat and then posting figures of 5 for 12 with the ball.
The Final was a lot closer affair with Anstey and Glenfield being joined by Huncote. A & G batted first with fantastic contributions from Anoop Jayaraj (36) and Taylor McMillan (33) to score 144 for 8 in 20 overs. Huncote started well but Anstey and Glenfield's bowling attack kept Huncote's batsmen in check with Anil Revu in particular bowling an excellent spell of 2 for 19 from 4 overs. He was ably assisted by the other bowlers to restrict Huncote to 135 for 7 and so Anstey and Glenfield completed a stunning victory by 9 runs. This was a superb achievement for the club and the side will hope to build on this success in the coming years.
The club hosted its Annual Presidents Open Day on Sunday 19th July. The day comprised a 4 team limited overs competition with Anstey and Glenfield being joined by Appleby Magna, Asian Sports and Gracedieu Park. There were numerous off field activities taking place too with a couple of bouncy castles, a bowling competition, a raffle, face painting and food and drink. The club would like to thank the sponsors of the day, including Talent Cricket, Scott Langton Butchers and Sole Fitness and for all the donations and volunteers which made it a tremendous day.
On the field there was some great competitive action with Asian Sports beating Appleby Magna in the first semi final and then the hosts prevailing against Gracedieu Park. Appleby Magna then won against Gracedieu Park to finish in 3rd place. The final was a contest between the home team, Anstey and Glenfield and Asian Sports. A & G batted first and made a reasonable 109 for 9, however, Asian Sports scored 113 for 4 and so won by 6 wickets with over 3 overs to spare. The winners were presented with the Wolfdale Trophy by local umpire and league representative, Robin Waite.
In the league, both the first and second teams are having decent seasons. The first team at the time of writing are sitting in 6th place in Division 6 West. There have been some fine victories but also the odd poor result. The top batting performances have come from Anoop Jayaraj, who scored a fantastic 112 not out at Charnwood Old Boys and Ravi Maharajan, scoring a mighty fine 102 against Appleby Magna. They have been assisted by Joe Harris and Taylor Mcmillan making useful contributions. The bowlers have had to overcome numerous injury problems, however, they have been superbly led by Chemika Mewan in most matches. Chemika has notched up 2 magnificent 5 wicket hauls against Hathern Old and Walton-Le-Wolds. The 1st XI will be hoping to finish in fine form to finish towards the top of the table.
The second team have enjoyed a much improved season from last year playing in Division 8 West. At the time of writing, they are occupying 4th position in the table. They have been some fine victories including against Aryans, Huncote and Leicester Ivanhoe, however, some poor performances when playing against Market Bosworth, Loughborough University Staff and Fatana. Captain Charlie Wilkes has led the batting line up in excellent style with the highlight being a superb 115 during the victory at Broughton Astley. Jim Pike has been the leading wicket taker, which included a great 4 for 35 against Aryans. The 2nd team are likely to finish in mid table at the end of the season.
If you are interested in joining the club, please email our secretary Amanda Wilkes. Amanda's email address is amandaandcharlie@btinternet.com. Please also visit our website at http://ansteyandglenfield.play-cricket.com and Facebook page for regular updates, results and news throughout the year.
By Phil Vose, Chairman

Last modified on Saturday, 05 September 2015 16:38
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