CRICKET: Heavy loss is not critical to Sutton’s hopes

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Long Sutton Sun (80) lost to Peterborough Town 2nd (219-4) by 139 runs: TABLE toppers Sutton slipped to an inconvenient defeat as Peterborough put the skids on their Rutland League Division Four title tilt.

Losing the toss again, Sutton were forced to field on a flat wicket which was accompanied by a lightning fast outfield.

A big partnership of 107 from opener Mark Wheat (65) and Marty Gibson (50) put Town on the front foot, altough bothwere dropped without scoring. They were eventually removed by Ian Morris (2-39), aided by some good catching in the deep.

Raj Bains (1-27) and Gary Burton (1-18) did pick up late wickets but a series of dropped catches allowed Matt Smith (45no) to propel Peterborough to a substantial total of 219-4.

Sutton were clearly feeling the effects of three hours in the heat and immediately struggled to get going in their reply, with Simon Gibson (2-8) picking up early wickets.

Only Gary Burton (15), Matt Bull (11) and Rowan Evans (21) made it to double figures as Tim Over (6-24) skittled through the Sutton batting line-up.

But with fellow challengers Brigstock, Sutton are still in the box seat for the title – with the two set to meet on September 2 in a potential Division Four decider.

WEST NORFOLK LEAGUE

Division One

Long Sutton 1st (121-4) beat Downham Town 3rd (120) by six wickets

SUTTON completed a straightforward victory over struggling Downham in their last home game of the season.

Electing to bat first on a good track on Saturday, Downham made a good start through Gary Hooker (29) and Tom Tansley (31).

But when Rav Sangha (2-17) removed both openers in quick succession, Downham collapsed courtesy of some good bowling in the latter overs from Jake Burton (1-21), Barry Stanway (2-10) and Paul Edgeller (3-25).

Downham didn’t make it easy for themselves either, gifting two run outs to Sutton as they ended up 120 all out, falling a good 60 runs short of a competitive total.

In reply, Sutton started positively through Chris Booth (28), before Jagjit Sandhu (2-19) picked up two quick wickets.

However, Phil Barnes (30) and Paul Edgeller (21) moved the home side towards the target before both fell to Steven Sexton (2-14).

That left Sangha (15 not out) and Steve Skoulding (10 not out) to complete a routine victory for Sutton

Victory in this Saturday’s dead rubber season finale away at Hospital should seal Sutton’s place in the top five.