Batting, bowling and a barbie net £1,336 for charity

The victorious Lutton team celebrate.

The victorious Lutton team celebrate.

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COMMUNITY spirit came to the fore as teams from Lutton and Long Sutton battled out a charity cricket match on Sunday.

The Old Luttonians won the match and the celebrations continued back at the Jolly Crispin in the village with a barbecue, raffle and live music from The Kings of Lutton.

Lutton batted first in the 40-over match and scored 163, with captain Phil Oldfield the star, scoring 70. He enjoyed a telling stand with his Don Dan (13) who notched 20.

Local doctor Chris Booth also batted well, getting into double figures.

In reply Long Sutton were skittled out for 146, despite some impressive hitting from 14-year-old Jake Sayer (34) and a late slog from Gary Burton (17).

A grand total of £1,336.90 was made from the day and it will be shared between the village church and the Air Ambulance.

This was first time that a team had represented Lutton at cricket but the match will now be an annual event.

One of the organisers, John Tolliday, told the Free Press: “The whole day went like a dream and everyone played their part.

“Considering people could have stayed at home watching the Charity Shield football or the Olympic closing ceremony, the turn-out was fanastic.”