Butt cracks a mag­nif­i­cent 159

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Sport -

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.

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