Sutton storm to lightning victory
WHEN there’s a lot of rain about it’s best to go for the quick cricketing kill. Long Sutton seconds managed to beat Grantham seconds in a South Lincs Division Three match that lasted just 25 overs on Saturday!
Paradise Lane must have seemed an ironic venue for Grantham who were shot out for 44 in just 15 overs. Sutton did lose three wickets in reply, but reached a winning score of 47-3 in just 10 overs.
James Wright (5-9) was Sutton’s chief destroyer, but veteran Gary Burton took four wickets in five balls towards the end of the Grantham innings to finish with 4-8.
Grantham’s batsmen did much better the following day, amassing 107 against Moulton Harrox, but they still went down by eight wickets. Max Cusack (5-43) and Jack Barnett (53no) were Moulton’s star performers.
Baston, for so long the whipping boys in this division, are enjoying a much better summer and they cruised into the top half of the table with a 64-run win over Spalding thirds.
Guy Cunningham’s 96 was the backbone of Baston’s 200-9, while Tim Dyer’s teasing spin claimed figures of 4-33 as the young Spalding side were dismissed for 136.
Warboys smashed one of the highest scores in Rutland League history when posting 395-6 in their 45 overs against Whittlesey seconds in Division Seven.
Toby Saunders led the way with a brilliant 156. Ten-man Whittlesey were rushed out for 69 in reply to complete a monstrous 326-run War- boys win.
Castor seconds managed just over half of Warboys’ total, but a score of 199-5 was still 76 too many for Benefield. Shahid Mahmood made 72 before Lee Jacobs (4-37) and Martin Underwood (3-43) shared seven wickets with the ball.
It wasn’t a great day for the understrength Whittlesey first team who crashed to a nine-wicket defeat at Godmanchester seconds.
Only the reliable Clive Evans (42) made a decent contribution as the Division Four table-toppers were rushed out for just 110.
In Division Five, Clive Simmons (98) and Andy Flynn (85) were in good nick as Stamford seconds pipped Thrapston by 11 runs in a high-scoring thriller, while Ketton proved just two runs better than Bourne seconds.
It was even tighter at Ramsey in Division Three where the home side scrambled a leg bye from the final delivery of the match to pip Bretton by two wickets.
Old timer Hedley Swannell was there at the death after taking 6-18 during Bretton’s innings of 155. Andy Bennett, who made 59 and conceded just 10 runs from his 12 overs, and Martin Rowell (4-27) were unlucky to finish on the losing side.
Oundle seconds have moved to the top of this division following their five-wicket win at Orton Park. Debutant James Robinson (4-24) and Neil Fox were the match-winners.
Yaxley have yet to win a game in Division Two, but they are getting closer. They pushed the powerful Finedon side all the way before losing by eight runs. Stuart Elderkin graced the finest ground in Northamtonshire with a stylish 72.
March won a close encounter at Nassington by two wickets as James Harradine (61no) found his form after student Harry Chappell had cracked 66 for the home side.
Newborough lost by seven wickets to Market Overton after slumping to 107 all out. They were undone by Mark ‘Mad Dog’ Hudson who took 6-21.
AK 11 dodged the rain at Castor seconds to post a 34-run win in Hunts Division Two. Tanvir Hussain blasted an exciting ton for AK before Abdul Qureshi claimed five Castor wickets.
Chris Brown bagged 5-17 for Sawtry thirds as they crushed Warboys thirds by eight wickets in Division Five. Luke Smith took 3-17 and claimed four catches.
Oundle and Peterborough Town seconds were left frustrated by the weather in the Northants League.
Oundle hammered an astonishing 236-5 in just 25 overs in their second division match with East Haddon before settling for a draw.
Inevitably openers Cameron Wake (68) and Martin Van Der Merwe (54) led the charge. Van Der Merwe (3-9) helped check Haddon’s reply after they also enjoyed a blistering start.
Town seconds, despite batting poorly, were on top of their match with Division Three’s bottom club Old Northamptonians thirds, when play was abandoned. Second-placed Town are now the only unbeaten side in the division.
CASTOR SECONDS: Pictured before their win over Benefield are from the left, back, Dave Arthur, John Jarvis, Norman Gray, Dave Porter, Nick Wilson, Riz Akhtar, Shahid Mahmood, front, Lee Jacobs, Reece Smith, Matthew Clark, Martin Underwood. (METP-30-05-10AS036)