CRICKET: Matt is ‘Bullish’ over Sutton’s title hopes

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Castle Rising (135-8) lost to Long Sutton (139-4) by six wickets: SUTTON skipper Matt Bull has his eyes on the West Norfolk League Division One title are guiding his side to a comfortable win on Saturday.

Bull (17no) and his vice captain Jimmy Wright (31no) were left unbeaten at the Paradise Field crease as the hosts successfully chased down Castle Rising’s 135-8 in just 31 overs – moving their side to within a point of leaders Bircham.

Jake Burton had earlier done massive damage with the ball, taking 5-33 to put Sutton in a commanding position.

Bull said: “It was nice to finish the game with my vice, we’ve both taken a back seat this year, with some fantastic bowling performances keeping us out of the action in the middle. We hope to keep building on these good performance and keep pushing for that top spot.”

After winning the toss, Sutton decided to field and found early resistance from the Rising batsmen. After 15 overs they had failed to take a wicket, but runs were proving hard to come by too, with Barry Stanway and Rav Sangha bowling tight lines.

A bowling change from the skipper did the trick though, as Ian Morris (2-37) took two wickets in his first over. The same happened at the other end, Burton bagging another wicket in his opening over.

The duo plugged away and regularly took wickets, while also keeping the run rate down. Burton, who was getting some purchase on the ball, finished with five but Sutton were unable to take full bowling points as they managed only eight wickets.

With only 136 needed to win, Steve Skoulding (23) looked to pick the gaps in the field.

Andrew Wright, however, was clean bowled for six – which brought his son Adam (19) to the crease.

He didn’t last long either, with the ball somehow finding the back of his bat to give the keeper an easy catch. Skoulding also departed, leaving Sutton in a spot of bother.

With 55 still required, Paul Edgeller (30) and Jimmy Wright came together at the crease, but the former was soon out after launching an uncharacteristic slog high into the air. There was no such trouble for Bull and Wright though, as the pair found the boundary and easily reached their target.

Division Three

Beeston (77) lost to Long Sutton 2nd (78-4) by six wickets

SUTTON strolled to an excellent wing against a tough Beeston side.

Choosing to field first against their hosts, Ryan Hallam (2-11) bowled well, taking the keys wickets of Bradford (2) and Clive Parke.

At the other end, Gary Burton (1-33) kept the runs down with a solid spell – and also removed opener Adrian Parke (2). Although Robert Wall (37) provided some resistance, James Baker (2-6) and Jordan Keeble (3-20) then replaced the openers, which led to a massive Beeston collapse.

Sharp fielding from Adam Sisson also produced a super run out to ensure the hosts were all out for 77.

Sutton’s reply was all about Burton, who made a commanding 60 not out. While wickets fell around him, Burton bludgeoned his way to ten boundaries as he notched the vast majority of the runs required to give Sutton a much-needed victory.

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Division Four

Brigstock Sun 1st (216) beat Long Sutton Sun 1st (170) by 46 runs

AFTER five successive wins, Sutton were finally beaten.

Losing the toss, Sutton were asked to bowl and soon put to the sword by Tashwin Lukas (108), who reached an incredible ton within 20 overs.

Ian Morris (3-37) and skipper Jake Burton (2-45) both bowlers picked up deserved wickets, Bradley Morris (57) helped push Brigstock to 216.

It would have been more, but for some effective death bowling from Paul Edgeller (3-56).

Sutton’s reply was devastated by Tashwin Lukas (3-5), who ripped through the middle order. There was resistance from Phil Barnes (45) and Rav Sangha (34), but they fell some 46 runs short.

Skipper Burton said: ‘I thought our performance was OK. But when you play against a one-man team, and he starts to fire, there is very little you can do about it.”

Division Seven

Long Sutton Sun 2nd (128) beat Nassington (77) by 51 runs

SUPER Sutton ended Nassington’s unbeaten run with an impressive victory.

Winning the toss, Sutton broke with tradition and batted first. Giving away some cheap wickets, opener Aron John top scored with 36 while others fell around him.

Coming in at five, Craig Milnes batted out 19 overs for just 20 runs to steady the ship with Ed Munson getting a quick-fire 18.

In reply, Nassington continued the trend of giving away wickets cheaply. Munson picked six wickets from his seven overs, while John carried on the good work with two wickets and three maidens from his 11 overs.

Ajay Jinah finishing their good work off with two wickets, as Sutton won by 51 runs.