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The Nottingham launches rugby challenge with Leicester Tigers

Calling all would-be rugby stars!

A fun rugby challenge has been launched by the Nottingham Building Society (The Nottingham) and Leicester Tigers to find the person who can kick, catch and score like a pro.

Known as “Kick, Catch, Score”, the competition is open to all ages.

Kick Catch Score photo
(l-r) Leicester Tigers players Luke Hamilton, Joe Ford, George Worth and Geordan Murphy show how it should be done.

Anyone interested can go to The Nottingham’s Facebook page and watch a short video of Leicester Tigers players showing what is involved in the challenge.

The idea is that entrants film themselves doing the challenge and then post the video on The Nottingham’s Facebook page by 3 September.

Details of the competition will be on The Nottingham’s website and Facebook page next week to inspire anyone who wants to try out their rugby skills.

Leicester Tigers will also promote the Kick, Catch, Score competition at their rugby camps over the summer and at the Tigers in the Park event in Leicester on Sunday 3 September.

The competition will be judged by managers from The Nottingham and Leicester Tigers.

The first prize is a rugby shirt signed by the first team players at Leicester Tigers. Second prize is four tickets to a home game and third prize is a dual branded rugby ball.

Winners will receive their prize on the pitch during half time at one of the Leicester Tigers matches.

[Source + photo: The Nottingham]

Enderby Cricket Club report losses for both teams… again

With both teams being rained off the previous weekend, the 1st XI still found themselves rooted to the bottom of the Leicester Everards Premier Division while – after going winless for more than a month – the 2nd XI find themselves being pulled closer and closer towards a relegation dog fight in their respective league.

Writing on the Cricket Club website, Matt Yates reports:
The 1st XI travelled to Kegworth Town in search of their 2nd victory in a troublesome season. After missing the previous 2 fixtures, returning captain Steve Coughlin won the toss and inserted Kegworth on what looked a very green and wet pitch. With conditions in their favour, Enderby made the perfect start with Daly (2-27) bowling Mead with his first ball of his day. Enderby continued to win the opening exchanges, reducing Kegworth to 66-4 in the 21st over, but with the pitch drying, Kegworth started to battle back and took control of the middle overs, with Fletcher running hard and putting away any loose bowling. When Yates (2-36) dismissed Fletcher for 86 in the 41st over, the damage had already been done with the score already on 196-6 and the pitch still looking hard work for the batsmen. Only some superb death bowling from Conway (3-36) restricted Kegworth to 238-9 from their 45 overs, a solid score considering the conditions.

Enderby, not dwelling on what could have been, made a solid start with the bat; Cook (39) and Patel (11) put on 49 for the first wicket in testing conditions. However the introduction of Scotton (4-35) into the attack swung the game in Kegworth’s favour; He reduced Enderby to 103-4, a position Enderby never really recovered from. A brave 45 from Mackey delayed the inevitable but could only hold off Kegworth who romped home to victory, dismissing Enderby’s last 5 batsmen for 13 runs, bringing Enderby’s innings to an end for 152. The fat lady may not be singing on Enderby’s season just yet, but after yet another loss it isn’t far off!

The 2nd XI hosted relegation-strugglers Leicester Banks 2nd XI at Mill Lane that same afternoon with a similarly disappointing result. Captain Ian Turner won the toss and surprisingly chose to bat in what looked like testing conditions. With the environment in the bowlers favour, things got off to a solid yet slow start. After the 1st wicket fell in the 10th over with the score only on 19, Turner decided to promote Haden up the order to try and increase the run rate. With Haden (43) and his partner Hood (42) playing more aggressively, the run rate started to increase, with them both taking the score over 100 within 30 overs. Unfortunately both men fell within an over of each other, leaving Turner to try and rebuild the innings as wickets consistently fell at the other end. Turner scored a run a ball 42, pushing the score up over 160 before he was dismissed with 4 overs left. Some late order hitting from Day (17*) – playing his first game since 2011 – saw Enderby to 195 runs in their 45 overs.

Enderby’s bowlers knew a good start was essential considering their below par score. Even though there was only one early breakthrough, the opening bowlers conceded just 32 from the opening 16 overs, pulling Enderby back into the contest. Coxhead (1-36) continued to bowl tightly but without luck and with the other bowlers haemorrhaging runs to the short boundary, the next 16 overs went for 118 for the loss of only 1 wicket, putting Leicester Banks well in control of the game. Knowing he needed wickets, Turner reintroduced the opening bowlers Cartwright and Blanksby into the attack. This had an almost immediate effect; with 5 wickets falling in the next 6 overs for the cost of just 7 runs. Leicester Banks now needed at least 6 and a half per over, meaning the odds were well and truly in Enderby’s favour. Both Cartwright (1-32) and Blanksby (4-34) had bowled their quota of overs now though, leaving Captain Ian Turner with only his bowlers who had bled runs early in the day to close out the innings. Unfortunately they continued to go the distance, as Leicester Banks got home easily with 2 overs to spare, leaving Enderby dangerously close to the relegation zone.

Enderby know it’s time to dig deep and show what they’re made of, with both teams needing some victories sharpish. The 1st XI host league champions Kibworth Town at Mill Lane this weekend and the 2nd XI are travelling to Quorn, they both know they are going to have to improve drastically to holt this run of results. As ever the bar will be open and the weather is set to be fair, so come on down and enjoy the cricket and have a few drinks!

[Source / photo: Enderby Cricket Club]

Two former cricket clubs of the late John Willet face each other in Premier Division

Enderby CC are at Sileby Town CC for their second match of the Premier Division season this bank holiday weekend, with thoughts turning to former player, the late John Willet.

John sadly passed away in March and the two clubs with whom he spent the majority of his cricket journey, will face each other in an emotional game, and a fitting tribute to the former top-order batsman.

John spent the early part of his career with Sileby Town, where he joined son Matt in helping the club on their way to becoming an established Premier Division side in Leicestershire Cricket and appearing in the 2006 County Cup Final.

John was known for his competitive streak on the field and was a huge mentor to many youngsters coming through the ranks at both Enderby and Sileby and was always on hand to offer advice over a beer after a game.

John followed his son Matt to Enderby CC in 2010 and had arguably his most successful period of his career, taking the #CrazyGang up through the leagues, playing with a freedom that was admired by all at the club.

He will be best remembered at the Enderby for his amazing feats in the 2011 Junior League Cup Final where he dominated a Lutterworth attack, hitting a blistering 130 in an opening partnership of 235 with Steve Coulson and earning the Man of the Match plaudits, as Enderby triumphed in style.

During John’s period at the club, they rose from the depths of Division 4 cricket in Leicestershire and now have joined Sileby in the Premier Division, with John’s influence there for all to see at both clubs.

Both clubs will take to the field this weekend for what will be a hugely competitive match, and afterwards they will share a drink with each other, having given their all on the pitch, to honour a great club man at both Enderby CC and Sileby Town CC.

[Source: Andy Moore – Enderby Cricket Club – View Website ]


Enderby “Bulldogs” secure runner-up position

The Enderby “Bulldogs” dodgeball team ended as runners-up in the National Dodgeball League (NDL) Division Two , just missing out on the cup.

The Bulldogs were beaten by Bedford Rangers.

The match was played on Sunday 30th April at Leicester’s New College on Glenfield Road.

The result means that both teams are promoted to the National Dodgeball League Division One.

Next target for the Enderby team will be the National Premier League!


Enderby Youth Band Salford success

Well done to the Youth Band today competing at the National Youth Championships in Salford on Sunday 2nd April!

They came away with a Bronze Award as well as the Brian Hicks Award for MD Trevor Hounsome in recognition of his dedication to youth banding!

A post on the band’s facebook page describes it as “an amazing day for all concerned!!”

Enderby Youth Band is a special organisation.

Many local Brass Bands have beginner groups – but very few Bands in the country are able to offer the opportunity for these youngsters to go on and play to a high standard with a Youth Brass Band of national standard.

New members are always welcome and guaranteed a high standard of tuition, along with plenty of fulfillment and fun.

Complete beginners and recent starters can join the Junior Band, while more experienced players (Grade 2-3 upwards can go straight into the Youth Band).

Rehearsals are on Sunday 5:30-8:30pm at the Enderby Village Institute.

Contact: Trevor Hounsome 07809 051124