CRICKET: Bull talks up spirited Sutton

Jake Burton works a Jamie Juckes delivery away.
Jake Burton works a Jamie Juckes delivery away.

Long Sutton 1st (45) beat Spalding 2nd (38) by eight runs: Sutton skipper Matt Bull saluted the spirit of his table-topping side after they somehow defended 45 at Spalding on Saturday.

Spalding skipper Steve Norris won the toss and inserted Sutton in bowler friendly conditions in the South Lincs and Border League Division One clash – and they struggled from the start with no one able to cope with the situation.

Only Bull (10) made double figures in what proved to be a heroic knock, while a vital partnership for the tenth wicket between Jack Keeble (6) and Jake Burton (1 not out) moved Sutton to a meagre 45.

Ex-Sutton player Tom Dale (7-23) did the majority of the damage with the ball against his old side.

With conditions still favourable for the bowlers, Sutton attempted to pick up some valuable points.

They needed quick wickets to pile the pressure on the hosts – and they did just that as Paul Edgeller (5-9) continued his unbelievable run of form to decimate the Spalding line up.

He was supported once more by Barry Stanway (4-24), who picked up the vital wicket of danger man Jamie Juckes (12).

Jimmy Wright (1-0) also picked up a wicket before Stanway dismissed Kev Nottingham (10) to compete the unlikeliest of victories.

Buoyant captain Bull said: “Despite being told that our quicker bowlers would be ineffective on the carefully prepared wicket, they still put in 110 per cent and the team spirit shown by the lads is unrivalled by any other team we’ve played.”

Next up for Sutton is a home clash with fourth-placed Thomas Cook at Paradise Field on Saturday.

Spalding 2nd, meanwhile, play host to Billingborough 2nd. Both games start at 1.30pm.