Appleyard's ton helps Stoughton take first-day honours
Stoughton & Thurnby have bounced back from a nightmare winter to become the early leaders of the Premier Division.
They were the only side to collect a maximum 24-point haul in Saturday's opening round of matches, landing a 136-run home victory over Barkby United.
Tim Appleyard, a Leicester University student who will be available for the first half of the season, hit 10 fours and four sixes on his way to 124 off 133 deliveries as Stoughton rattled up 252-9 off 50 overs after being put in.
Left-arm spinner Jamie Sykes then claimed 5-24 as Barkby were bowled out for 116 despite Tom Flowers scoring 42.
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Stoughton lost key all-rounders Chad Yates and Tom Wells to Loughborough during the winter and outstanding New Zealand wicket-keeper Andrew Fullerton-Smith has not returned this year.
But his replacement behind the stumps, Neel Thakrar, had a fine game, scoring 51 and taking two good catches.
This was Barkby's first match in the top flight and the other promoted side, Thorpe Arnold, also lost, by eight wickets at Kibworth.
Thorpe made a good show with the bat, scoring 213-5.
But Ram Ghuman (104 not out) and Aadil Ali (62) steered Kibworth to victory with 11 overs to spare.
Australian all-rounder Joel Garrett made a sensational start for Lutterworth.
Raja Hayat smashed a quickfire 68 for Syston before becoming one of two victims for Garrett's medium-pace.
Tom Corbett, on his debut, made an accomplished 49 not out as Syston closed on 218-6.
Garrett then hammered 86 off just 48 balls with 16 fours and one six.
Lewis Hill (46 not out) and skipper Karl Smith (36) took Lutterworth over the finishing line with four wickets and 16 overs in hand.
Former Leicestershire opener Trevor Ward slammed 105 off 93 balls for Leicester Ivanhoe at Market Harborough and shared an opening stand of 167 in 33 overs with James Kirkham (70).
Ivanhoe reached 249-6 and champions Harborough finished well short on 187-7 after being checked by an outstanding spell by left-arm spinner Rajiv Purohit (4-33).
Harborough were without several regulars including skipper Chris Weir whose wife, Emma, gave birth to the couple's first child, Fergus, the day before the game.
Rain spoilt the other two matches and brought particular frustration for Loughborough.
Yates took 3-38 with his wrist-spin as Kegworth were bowled out for 182.
Two stoppages lopped 16 overs off the Loughborough reply and, despite Martyn Gidley hitting an unbeaten 91, they closed on 164-4 off 35 overs.
Several good knocks helped Sileby to 218-9 at Barrow but the game was abandoned with the home side on 66-3 off 17 overs.