Twenty20 match is joint celebration

MATCH ACTION: Hockey club member Jeorgia Carr bowls during the Twenty20 game at Long Sutton on Friday. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG190615-206TW
MATCH ACTION: Hockey club member Jeorgia Carr bowls during the Twenty20 game at Long Sutton on Friday. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG190615-206TW
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Long Sutton Cricket Club took on the hockey section in a Twenty20 match to celebrate the completion of a new roof on the joint clubhouse.

Both sections picked teams to reflect the mixture of men, ladies and juniors each sport has within its ranks with the sides competing for a trophy, kindly donated by David Baker.

The cricketers batted first in front of a large crowd and got off to a flying start thanks to Aron John who retired on 25.

His opening partner Ellie Burton made a steady 17 and Paul Edgeller upped the rate with a quickfire 15 before being superbly dismissed by youngster Josh Baker.

Fellow junior Tom Burton impressed with the ball, dismissing the in-form Jamie Taylor.

Lisa Baker, playing her first game of cricket, impressed with the bat and likewise Rebecca Kierman with the ball.

Some tight bowling from club chairman Ian White and hockey club captain Jimmy Harrison meant that the Cricket Club finished on a below-par 98.

The Hockey Club set about their chase in confident fashion and the opening pair of Ben Shore and Jeorgia Carr got them off to a flying start.

But the introduction of Adam Wright saw Shore’s stumps cartwheeling and this was followed by a flurry of wickets.

Rob Simpson took 3-9 including a golden duck for the chairman. Fiona Milnes impressed by taking 2-12 and when the big-hitting John Sullivan was superbly run out the end was near.

There was still time for the junior pairing of Baker and Leah Goodley to put up some resistance before Goodley was eventually dismissed by Ellie Burton to wrap up a 24-run win for the Cricket Club.

A spokesman said: “Long Sutton Cricket & Hockey Club is very grateful to Sport England for the grant, which with the hard work of the executive committee along with some superb fundraising events organised by Amanda 
Burton, Alex Canham and Chris Booth has made the new roof a reality.

“The club would like to send special thanks to all those members, supporters and local people who alongside a number of councillors and businesses expressed their support in letters to Sport England.

“The club has been part of Long Sutton for generations, long may it remain so.”