Kibworth welcome back one of their star batsmen for Sunday’s Everards County Cup final against Lutterworth at Grace Road (midday).
Sunny Patel averages 64.94 this season and according to skipper Matt Craven “he’s been as prolific as anyone in the Premier Division in the last few seasons.”
He returns after missing last week’s match between the top two sides in the Everards Leicestershire and Rutland League Premier Division
Kibworth seized back control of the title race with a six-wicket win over Lutterworth at Fleckney Road that takes them 17 points clear at the top with just two games left.
Kibworth host Syston on Saturday and seven days later head to Sileby for their final fixture, while Lutterworth end the season with home games against Leicester Ivanhoe and Loughborough Town respectively.
Kibworth captain Craven said: “We are where we wanted to be with two games left.
“It’s down to us to win the last two games – and win the league.”
The County Cup is the prize at stake this weekend and Craven said: “In terms of confidence and momentum, beating Lutterworth last week is good for us and maybe we have some idea of what to do and not what to do against them.
“But at the same time, last week’s result gives them extra incentive.
“I don’t really think what happened last weekend will have too much bearing on what happens on Sunday.
“If you look at the results over the last few seasons, we win as many as we lose against Lutterworth and both teams have players who’ve played in lots of big games before.”
Craven and Lutterworth skipper Olly Pickering have both been in sides that have won the Premier Division and County Cup, but Lutterworth will be without Lewis Hill on Sunday.
Because he has a contract with Leicestershire, he’s ineligible, but says he will be at Grace Road supporting his team – and Josh Cobb could be there rooting for Kibworth.
Cobb was last weekend part of the Northamptonshire Steelbacks side that reached the final of the T20 Cup at Edgbaston, losing to Lancashire by 13 runs.
He played junior cricket at Kibworth where his father Russell also played and his uncle, Russell Spiers, is expected to be in the line-up on Sunday.
Craven said: “Josh is very much a Kibworth man and he usually comes to watch us when he gets the chance.
“We hope to see him there.”
Market Harborough lost narrowly to Sileby Town in their Premier Division clash.
Having set a mark of 150-8 – largely thanks to skipper Joe Gordon’s 41 – they then had Sileby nine down.
However, Mitchell Buck’s unbeaten 68 was enough to just edge the visitors home to a one-wicket success on 153-9.