CRICKET: Resurgent Harrox targeting survival

RALLYING CALL: Moulton's Jack Cusack, pictured batting, wants his side to make it three wins on the trot this Saturday. Photo: sg110513-145tw
RALLYING CALL: Moulton's Jack Cusack, pictured batting, wants his side to make it three wins on the trot this Saturday. Photo: sg110513-145tw
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Moulton Harrox (153-8) beat Sleaford 2nd (118) by 35 runs: Moulton’s upturn in form continued as they made it back-to-back wins and moved out of the Premier Division drop zone on Saturday.

Fresh off the back of last week’s morale-boosting win over relegation rivals Welby, they dispatched mid-table hosts Sleaford 2nd by 35 runs.

A fine 48 from Jake Morton helped Harrox set a decent target of 153-8, before John Barnett (4-28), Maxwell Cusack (3-17) and Matt Barnett (3-34) helped dismiss the h0sts for 118.

Vice captain Jack Cusack was full of praise for his side – and challenged them to keep the run going against Grantham, who have West Indies ace Cleton Payne in their ranks, this Saturday (1pm).

He said: “It was another superb day for the club, we are gaining more and more confidence each week and are very determined to stay in the top tier of the South Lincs and Border League.

“We are very keen to make it three wins out of three next week and we’re looking forward to playing against international opposition.”

Having lost the toss and been sent into bat, Harrox were immediately on the back foot when Jack Cusack was clean bowled with the first ball of the game. He received an unbelievable delivery from Sam Burrows.

Harry Barnett (5) didn’t last much longer after being given a working over by Sleaford’s ferocious paceman Giles Goddard.

Jack and Matthew Barnett began to build a steady platform until the former struggled to cope with the pace and bounce of Goddard and was caught out on 21.

Although Matthew Barnett fudged around for a while, he was eventually undone by a Simon Godby delivery for a stubborn 16 off 78 deliveries.

Karl Hibbert (11) and Morton battled hard – not only against Sleaford’s attack, but also the blistering winds and heavy rain.

After Hibbert was dismissed, veteran John Barnett – who has recently received a Lincolnshire over-50s call up – joined Morton. They batted superbly to boost the score up to a very competitive 153-8, with Morton falling just short of his half century.

Sleaford’s reply started strongly, with Godby (58) and Andrew Wilson (11) slapping the ball around.

Matt Barnett eventually removed Wilson, then got rid of number three Phil Sneath for a duck.

Maxwell Cusack was soon brought on and trapped Ben Bulmer (1) LBW before having Mike Harrop caught behind for another duck.

John Barnett made light work of the middle order with four wickets, which included a superb diving catch by teen sensation Henry Lavery.

And when Godby chipped back to Maxwell Cusack, it was the beginning of the end for the hosts.