CRICKET: Sutton go top as Thrapston are thrashed

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Long Sutton Sun 1st (67-3) beat Thrapston Sun (64) by 7 wickets: SUTTON moved to the Rutland League Division Four summit with a comprehensive demolition of a tame ten-man Thrapston side.

Electing to bat first, Thrapston struggled to get the ball away against openers Paul Edgeller (3-18) and Jordan Keeble (2-21). With none of their batsmen looking to build an innings, Ian Morris (2-13) and Jake Burton (2-10) skittled them out for just 64.

With the 65 runs required in 13 overs to clinch maximum points, T20 specialist Tim Norris (9), Chris Booth (0) and Matthew Bull (9) all came and went, leaving Adam Wright (30 no) and James Baker (13 no) to knock off the runs with only nine overs bowled.

WEST NORFOLK LEAGUE

Division One

Long Sutton 1st (100) lost to Snettisham 1st (102-4) by 6 wickets

A SECOND loss on the spin has really scuppered Long Sutton’s title hopes.

Mid-table Snettisham handed Sutton a six-wicket beating on Saturday, fresh off the back of a defeat against league leaders Bircham.

Losing the toss, Sutton were put into bat on an unpredictable wicket – and it soon became apparent that runs would be hard to come by, with the ball seeming and the long grass in the outfield acting as a 12th fielder.

With only Chris Booth (30) and Matt Bull (15) reaching double figures, Sutton only reached 100 from their overs.

They did make a good start with the ball though, removing both openers with the score on 18. However, Snettisham skipper Matt Herbert (35) put an earlier dropped catch from Booth behind him and slowly chipped away at the target, with some good help from Steve Grief (15) at the other end. Herbert was finally dismissed by Bull, but with only three required for victory it was too late for Sutton.

Division Three

Long Sutton 2nd (145) lost to Snettisham 2nd (174-5) by 29 runs

SUTTON won the toss on a wet wicket, but did not make as good use of the conditions as they should.

An early wicket by Gary Burton (1-28) was the only success early on, as Michael Herbert (84) anchored the Snettisham innings to a solid 174-5. With wickets hard to come by, Brett Sayer (3-65) was the pick of the bowlers, supported by brother Jake (1-32) and old hand James Baker (1-26).

Sutton struggled against some tight opening bowling and the variable bounce of a drying wicket.

Wickets tumbled quickly, with Andrew Wright, Shaun Rayner, Jordan Keeble and John Sullivan all falling cheaply. Of the top five, only Aaron John (10) reached double figures.

A superb knock from skipper Gary Burton (67) made the innings respectable, with the next top score being extras with 30 as Sutton fell 29 runs shy of their target.