CRICKET: Simpson’s five-wicket haul secures big win for Long Sutton

Phil Barnes
Phil Barnes

Long Sutton bounced back to winning ways with a convincing victory at Grantham in the South Lincolnshire & Border League’s Premier Division.

Losing the toss, Sutton were asked to bat first on a damp, green track that offered the bowlers plenty of help.

Grantham struck early – removing Luke Lovegrove without troubling the scores.

Phil Barnes (42) was his usual resilient self and Adam Wright (14) struck a few quick boundaries to get the innings back on track.

Grantham continued to take wickets and looked well on top until Jordan Keeble (16) and Rob Simpson (29) piled on late runs to propel Sutton to a respectable 181 all out which included 53 extras.

Sutton started well with Barry Stanway taking three wickets in his opening spell.

Stuart Mudie (50) was the only batsman to offer any real resistance as Sutton continued to look dangerous with the ball.

With the seamers finished it was the turn of spin duo Jake Burton and Simpson.

Both quickly settled into a rhythm and backed up by some fine fielding quickly put a strangle hold on the Grantham innings.

With Mudie still at the crease, Grantham still had a chance.

But when he held out on the boundary, Sutton were gunning for victory.

Burton (2-28) piled the pressure on and Simpson completed the rout, taking the final wicket and his fifth to wrap up a 46-run win.