CRICKET: Skipper salutes top Sutton show

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Long Sutton (171-2) beat Billingborough 2nd (170-8) by eight wickets: Sutton skipper Matt Bull has backed his table-topping side to continue their impressive form after they raced 21 points clear at the top of Division One.

The league leaders easily chased down Billingborough’s 170-8 on Saturday, with Phil Barnes top scoring on 52.

Paul Edgeller (4-20) and Barry Stanway (3-40) had earlier limited Boro’s second string, as Sutton collected 19 points and registered a fifth win from six outings.

Bull said: “I feel we’ve got the players to compete in this league.

“If we continue to keep our heads during these sort of situations, we will be successful.”

After again winning the toss, Sutton skipper Bull unsurprisingly elected to bowl on a flat pitch which he felt wouldn’t deteriorate throughout the game.

His decision was justified as opening bowlers Stanway and Edgeller picked up early wickets to leave the hosts on 29-3.

After the opening bursts, change bowlers Jimmy Wright and Jake Burton didn’t bowl as well as in previous weeks and allowed Billingborough to move towards a competitive total with Steve Brown (65) top scoring.

He was finally dismissed by the returning Edgeller, who continued an impressive run with the ball and was aided by the ever reliable Stanway.

Wright (1-56) did pick up a wicket in his second spell but Sutton were unable to complete the job as Billingborough finished on an around par score of 170-8 from their allocation.

Sutton began their reply positively, with the openers – Holbeach United FC legend Barnes and Ed Booth – setting a solid platform for the chase.

Both looked comfortable against the bowling and made use of the superb batting conditions in chasing the total.

Booth (37) was finally dismissed after muscling an effective contribution.

Barnes was then joined by strokemaker Adam Wright, who continued his rich run of form as Sutton moved closer to the target.

A disappointed Barnes (52) then fell shortly after passing the 50 mark, feeling he should have stayed there to the end, but with more batting to come, this wasn’t a major issue.

Wright (43 not out) and new man Edgeller (15 not out) moved through the gears as the away side reached the total with over seven overs left.