CRICKET: Vital victory for magic Moulton

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Moulton Harrox 1st (224-7) beat Belton Park (170) by 54 runs): Harrox did their survival hopes the power of good as they jumped out of the bottom two with a key home win over their relegation rivals on Saturday.

Having been put into bat on what looked like a poor Broad Lane wicket, openers Jack Barnett and Jack Cusack started well and took the score to 30 before the former was caught at short leg off the medium pace bowling of Alan Ward.

Will Trim(6) was then caught and bowled by Andrew Sheardown after receiving a working over.

Next man in Jack Cusack looked good, but chipped one back up to Ward for 24 just as he started to impose himself.

However, brothers Matthew and Harry Barnett battled superbly – with Harry edging boundaries and taking advantage of poor fielding, while Matthew (50)knocked around the odd single.

Skipper Chris Beale was next to the crease and walloped 15 before being caught out at mid-off. Wicket-keeper Jake Morton then made a cool 19 not out, but Harry Barnett was dismissed for a lucky 45 – which saw him dropped eight times.

There was still time for club legend Karl Hibbert (9) and veteran Jonny Barnett (14no) to fire Harrox to 224-7.

Harrox started brilliantly with the ball with Henry Lavery and Matthew Barnett bowling tightly.

After Matthew Barnett removed Dominic Riffin, spin twins Maxwell Cusack and Jonny Barnett set to work. Jonny Barnett quickly dislodged Richard Cocks’ off stump, before Cusack turned one square to beat James Moore.

Harry Barnett quicky removed Nick Law for a quickfire 27, while Cusack (2-34) then trapped Couldon LBW.

Although the teams controversially left the field for bad light, Harrox soon returned to tie-up the vital victory with Harry and Matthew Barnett blowing away the tail to secure a maximum 20-point haul.