Sut­ton storm to light­ning vic­tory

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - by ALAN SWANN

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)

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