Long Sutton Sunday 1st XI (148-8) beat Laxton Park 1st XI (147-7) by two wickets: SUTTON secured promotion to Rutland League Division Three with a tense Sunday success.
After winning the toss on a green-topped pitch, Sutton elected to bowl first with the intention of scoring five of the eight points required to guarantee second place.
Opening the bowling, Paul Edgeller and Ed Munson looked to restrict the flow of runs on a small ground accompanied by a fast outfield.
Munson (1-30) picked up the first wicket when the Ivan Hales (1) chipped the ball to mid-off. He continued to bowl effectively and, when Edgeller picked up Jason Howe (7), Sutton looked to be in control.
With the enforced bowling change arriving, skipper Burton introduced himself and stalwart Ian Morris.
Bowling very economically, Morris was rewarded after bowling Adam Renton (23) as he continued to look dangerous. At the other end, Burton picked up the wicket of Robert Howe (34), who scooped a simple return catch back to the bowler.
Morris (2-27) then immediately removed Laxton skipper Will Kinnear (7) after being bludgeoned for a maximum the ball previously.
Burton (1-49) also brought himself out of the attack after a below average spell – and the bowling change worked immediately as the returning Edgeller (3-35) picked up two wickets in his first three balls.
Laxton eventually closed on 147-7 – and despite not picking up all ten wickets, Sutton were still in a strong position.
Sutton’s chase started indifferently as runs looked easy to come but Jamie Taylor (2) fell in the third over. A partnership of 70 in 12 overs from Phil Coote (39) and Andy Wright (26) did put them in a great position, but when Wright and his son Adam both fell LBW in successive balls, Sutton looked shakey.
Paul Edgeller (14) and Coote briefly settled the ship before Robert Howe (4-42) removed both men.
This brought Matthew Bull and Steve Skoulding together and the rebuilt before Bull (18) fell to a slower ball bounder.
Youngster Callum McNulty (4) fell with 30 needed, bringing skipper Burton (14 not out) to the crease alongside Skoulding (24).
Although Skoulding fell with the scores level, Sutton were gifted the win – and promotion – by a comical wide.
Delighted captain Burton said:“I think we have deserved every bit of success we have achieved this season.
“Everybody in the squad has contributed at some stage in the season and I hope that this great bunch of lads can continue to develop and hopefully succeed at the higher level.
“It is good to see that another club in South Holland is being successful.”
Sutton finish 27 points behind champions Brigstock.