Long Sutton 1st (84-5) beat Terrington St Clement (83) by five wickets: BARRY Stanway made a stunning Sutton return as his 8-40 helped crush the West Norfolk League Division One leaders on Saturday.
With Terrington occupying top spot, Sutton were expecting tough opposition at the Paradise Field.
But after winning the toss, opening bowlers Stanway and James Wright (2-29) took it in turns to remove the opening four batsmen very cheaply.
The irrepressible Stanway found good line, length and pace to end on figures as he skittled the rest of the line-up out, leaving Terrington all out for 83 in just 21.3 overs – with only Adam Hodgson (25) and Jamie Gollands (16) making double figures.
Sutton lost opener Chris Booth quickly for a duck and the wickets of Steve Skoulding (7), Jamie Taylor (11) and brothers James (1) and Adam (10) Wright went cheaply too.
But a convincing partnership from Paul Edgeller (26 not out) and Chris King (15 no) ended the game with a big win for Sutton, who continue their push to become league champions.
Man-of-the-match Barry Stanway said: “I really enjoyed it today. We had a great laugh and enjoying my cricket has definitely helped with my performance on the field.
“I’m really happy to be back at Sutton and look forward to the rest of the season with this great bunch of lads.”
Long Sutton 2nd (182-5) beat Fakenham 4th (181-6) by five wickets
WITH an inexperienced side, Sutton bowled first – and struggled – against the Fakenham openers.
That was, until old hand James Baker (1-46) found a top edge which was superbly caught by 13-year-old Jack Keeble.
Wickets were still hard to come by until Sutton turned to another youngster, 14-year-old Jake Sayer (3-25). With great line and length, the teen frustrated batsmen into playing false shots and picked up three well-deserved wickets.
Gary Burton (2-31) completed the bowling with two wickets in the last over.
Sutton started well with an opening stand of 80 between Ed Booth (49) and Phil Coote (25).
The wickets of Burton (8), Ryan Hallam (2) and then Coote (25) fell quickly, but Jordan Keeble (19) and Danny Sisson (58 not out) steadied the ship – and when Jeremy Smith joined Sisson, the remaining 30 runs were scored with ten overs to spare.