CRICKET: Slow going as Sutton fall short in opener

Bircham (144) beat Long Sutton (131-9) by 13 runs: SUTTON struggled to adjust to a slow wicket as they fell agonisingly short of victory in their first West Norfolk League Division One game of the campaign.

After winning the toss, Sutton put the hosts into bat onto a pudding of a wicket. Despite the limited resources available to them, they restricted their hosts to 144 all out, with Ian Morris (4-36) the pick of the bowlers.

Long Sutton made steady progress with their run chase as Adam Wright (51) carved the ball to boundary on numerous occasions on his way to a half century, ably supported by Phil Barnes (32).

With little support from anyone else, Sutton struggled with the track and fell 14 runs short of their victory target.

SCORECARD

Bircham 1st

J King c Smith b Morris 7

C Humphrey c Booth b Burton 32

S Fisher c Bull b Burton 22

R Preston LBW b Booth 34

W Pillinger c&b Booth 2

C Greeves run out Morris 4

J Forster c A Wright b J Wright 15

P Brown b Morris 9

K Crompton b Morris 8

A Sewell c A Wright b Morris 0

M Riches not out 0

Extras (2b, 9w) 11

Total (all out, 44.1 overs) 144

Bowling: James Wright 10.1-6-19-1; Morris 11-2-36-4; Burton 12-1-44-2; Booth 11-2-42-2.

Long Sutton 1st

C Booth c Humphrey b Riches 15

S Skoulding c Preston b Riches 5

A Wright c Greeves b Brown 51

P Barnes b Fisher 32

E Booth b Fisher 7

M Bull b Fisher 0

J Wright run out Fisher 3

I Morris not out 9

J Burton b Greeves 1

J Smith c Crompton b Greeves 0

E Munson not out 1

Extras (1b, 1lb, 5w) 7

Total (for 9 wickets, 45 overs) 131

Bowling: Greeves 11-1-31-2; Riches 12-4-34-2; Preston 6-0-26-0; Fisher 11-2-28-3; Brown 5-0-10-1.

• After a delayed start to their Sunday League season, Long Sutton Sunday 1st finally began their Rutland League Division Four season with at home to Loddington.

With the away side choosing to bat, Ian Morris (3-29) picked up three early wickets in his 12-over spell. He was well supported by Jimmy Wright (4-31), who was not even in the original team, and captain Jake Burton (2-16) as Loddington were all out for 97.

In reply, lost Phil Coote (3) before Adam Wright (39) and Steve Skoulding (22) rebuilt.

A quick flurry of wickets left them six down, but Matt Bull (8 not out) completed the chase with an edge that went all the way for six to give Sutton (98-6) a four-wicket win.