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Cricketers' flying start

Anstey and Glenfield Cricket Club have had an excellent start to the 2018 season. The first team play in Division 5 West and the second team participate in Division 7 West.
The first team have enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season and at the time of writing sit at the top of Division 5. They have been led brilliantly by captain, Joe Harris with some fine victories against Loughborough Town 3, Hinckley Amateur 2 and Walton Le Wolds. There have been some excellent individual performances including a fantastic century from Anoop Jayaraj against Hinckley Amateur. Shehan Perera, Abbas Khan and Virral Patel have all posted fifties too which have aided their cause. The bowlers shouldn't be forgotten with Anil Revu, Taylor McMillan and Virral Patel being among the top wicket takers. They will be hoping to maintain the winning results over the next few weeks.
The second team will be hoping to remain competitive in Division 7 West. The second XI to date have had a decent start to the season with some tough competition in their division. Captain Bradley Wells has led the way with some good performances with bat and ball. The team have earned 4 victories to date against Loughborough Outwoods 2, Mahers, Loughborough Greenfields 2 and Long Whatton 2. Bruce Smith, James Ogle, Bradley Wells and Charlie Wilkes have all scored 50's with Chemika Mewan having a couple of 5 wicket hauls. Positive results will be sought throughout the rest of the season.
There have been a few Sunday friendlies so far this year with the team taking part in a local friendly league. There has been some great success so far with victories against Queniborough, Earl Shilton and Countesthorpe. The club are also taking part in the Twenty20 County Shield this season which they are looking to regain after winning it 3 years ago and in the first round beat County Officers and are now through to the regional final against Leicester Caribbean.
If you are interested in joining the club, please email our secretary Amanda Wilkes. Amanda's email address is amandaandcharlie@btinternet.com. We are hosting weekly training sessions at the Gynsill Lane ground on Wednesdays from 5.30pm, so if you're interested in playing for the club, why not come down and practice. Please also visit our website at http://ansteyandglenfield.play-cricket.com and Facebook page for regular updates, results and news throughout the season.
Phil Vose

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