Thorpe Arnold undone by Premier League favourites Kibworth

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A Thorpe Arnold side showing seven changes from the previous week’s heavy home defeat to Harborough travelled to league favourites Kibworth.

Gillett lost the toss and Craven decided to have a bowl, a decision which looked wise after 10 balls as Thorpe fell to 5-2. Exton left a straight one from former professional Luke Evans, and Clark hit Patel straight to mid-off in the next over.

Gillett and Read steadied the ship in tricky batting conditions and they added a useful 70 before Gillett fell for 40. Renwick joined Read and made a dozen before being bowled by Shaw.

Read added a useful and patient 21, but once he was out, only Luke Clark troubled the home side as he blasted a late 30.

Thorpe did well to bat out the 50 overs, but Kibworth bowled and fielded fantastically well, and restricted the visitors to 155.

Kibworth came out all guns blazing after tea, seemingly intent on getting the game done before the FA Cup final kicked off.

Three of the five bowlers used by Gillett were regular Second XI players, but they stepped up to the plate and did well.

Christie was unlucky not to take a wicket up front and again bowled with good pace. Debutant Newton picked up the first wicket when he trapped the Kibworth captain lbw.

The decision looked a little harsh, but Newton thoroughly deserved his wicket after two other very good appeals were turned down.

Exton and Mistry bowled well in patches, but Luke Clark (3 for 35) did the damage, having Sunny Patel and Darren Shaw caught behind, and the dangerous South African pro Petrus Van Biljon caught superbly by Mistry.

Kibworth lost no further wickets and were helped over the line by Leicestershire’s Aadil Ali (50 not out).

Thorpe: Exton 0, Gillett 40, A. Clark 2, Read 21, Renwick 12, Grieve 1, L. Clark 30, Newton 3, Christie 9, Exton 0*, Extras 36. Total: 155.

Kibworth: 156-4.

Bowling: Christie 7-0-41-0; Newton 6-0-42-1; Clark 6.4-0-35-3; Exton 3-0-20-0; Mistry 3-0-17-0.