Butt cracks a magnificent 159
ASIM Butt beat Medbourne on his own yesterday.
The Barnack batsman cracked a magnificent 159 out of a team total of 263-7. It was more than the home side managed to muster between them as they closed on 126-8 to accept a 137-run defeat.
Butt was in imperious form cracking 26 fours, but surprisingly didn’t register a single six. The next biggest contributor to Barnack’s total was extras with 40, but no other batsman managed more than 15.
Mohammed Shahid (4-18) then bowled with great control as Medbourne never recovered from losing both openers to Imran Khan in the opening overs.
Barnack have lost just once in the Rutland League all season and they have games in hand on the top two Oundle and Godmanchester.
Reigning champions Oundle moved to the head of affairs after picking up 19 points against winless Wisbech despite splitting up their prolific opening batting pair Martin van Der Merwe and Cameron Wake.
It made little difference though as they ended up putting on over 100 for the seventh wicket together. Van Der Merwe batted throughout Oundle’s innings of 251-6 for 109, while Wake smacked an unbeaten 60 batting at number eight.
Adam Hodgson (4-38) bowled well for Wisbech, but only Simon Freear (33) and Zak Brown (30no) made any impact with the bat as the visitors closed on 157-8. Richard Cunningham’s good form for Oundle continued with a 4-44 spell.
And Peterborough Town remain in the running for the title after somehow squeezing out a three run win at Rushton with a severely depleted side.
David Clarke (63) and Stuart Williams (45) lead Town to 164-3, but a dramatic batting collapse saw the city side dismissed for 179.
Rushton then cruised to 130-2 before Jamie Smith (3-33) sparked the second rush of wickets of the afternoon. Teenage leg spinner Richard Hingston (2-9) held his nerve at the death to claim the vital last wicket as Rushton desperately tried to win the game with a boundary.
Bourne’s excellent form continued with a five-wicket win over neighbours Market Deeping at the Abbey Lawns. It sounds comfortable, but Bourne had to recover from 2-3 to pass Deeping’s modest total of 139.
David Gillett (43) top scored for Deeping in a rare Sunday appearance. Bourne’s midweek Jaidka Cup hero Tom Bentley (3-20) enjoyed a productive day before Matt Creaney, helped by some butter-fingered fielders, saw his side home with a knock of 64.