CRICKET: Sutton’s title bid over after batting woe

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Long Sutton 1st (107 all out) lost to Sandringham 1st (147-5): A DISAPPOINTING defeat against Sandringham on Saturday all but ended Sutton’s West Norfolk League Division One title dreams for another season.

Winning the toss and electing bowl, Sutton made an early breakthrough with Barry Stanway (1-39) striking before Richard Hurst (20) and Ian Perrin (57) dug in and built up a decent partnership.

The former fell to Ian Morris (2-14) and the latter to Jake Burton (1-45) as Sutton looked to get through the stubborn middle order.

But Joe Peveritt (44 not out) propelled Sandringham to a competitive 147-5 from their 45 overs.

Sutton’s chase started badly, losing three early wickets with only 20 on the board.

They then struggled to find momentum, with only skipper Jimmy Wright (27) looking comfortable at the crease.

Joe Peveritt (4-29) then came back to knock over the Sutton tail and, despite some brief lower order resistance, they fell 40 runs short of a target they should have reached.

Now more than 50 points behind the leaders, Sutton’s title hopes are gone – but a top two finish is still very much achievable.

RUTLAND LEAGUE

Division Four

Long Sutton Sun 1st (82-4) beat Oundle Sunday (81)

SUTTON continued their title charge with a comprehensive victory over Oundle.

After winning the toss, Oundle batted first on a flat pitch and started effectively before Paul Edgeller (3-19) made early breakthroughs, aided by some good catching in the slip cordon.

Skipper Jake Burton (5-11) was the pick of the bowlers, ably assisted by newcomer Raj Bains (2-26) as Oundle fell to a dismal 81 all out with only Jonathan Dalley (27) really hanging around.

In reply, Sutton’s chase started poorly with Andy Wright (0) and Jamie Taylor (0) both falling without troubling the scorers.

But a good partnership between Paul Edgeller (18) and Adam Wright (40 not out) allowed Sutton to reach their target with minimal problems.

A delighted Burton said “I felt we performed professionally today, despite some mishaps in the field from certain players.

“But it puts us in a extremely promising position going into the final three games.” Sutton now sit top of Rutland and District League Division Four by 13 points ahead of Brigstock, who have a game in hand. The two sides meet on Sunday, September 2 – in what is sure to be the title decider.