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Long Sutton defeat Moulton Harrox in opening day derby duel in the South Lincs and Border League

Josh Baker blasted a brilliant century as Long Sutton defeated Moulton Harrox in a high-scoring thriller to open their South Lincs and Border League campaigns on Saturday.

Baker's blitz of 110 runs came off just 69 deliveries as Sutton overcame a slow start to amass 295-9 off their 45 overs.

Harrox then made an excellent effort of chasing down the daunting total before closing on 275-6 as 570 runs were scored on a superb track at Broad Lane.

Josh Baker. Photo: Chris Lowndes (46297428)
Josh Baker. Photo: Chris Lowndes (46297428)

The hosts had actually been on top of the Sutton batting in the opening forays as Lawrence Rayner was among the wickets early on.

He struck three times in an awesome opening spell to leave Sutton struggling on 51-3 after a third of their innings.

Simon Juckes then trapped Sutton skipper Dan Oldfield leg before for 29 and also claimed another wicket shortly after to leave the visitors reeling on 85-5.

This brought Baker and Barry Stanway to the crease to forge a partnership which would prove crucial in the outcome of the contest.

Harrox missed a run out chance just as Sutton approached the century mark which allowed Baker and Stanway to make the most of the opportunity.

Stanway reached his half-century in just 30 balls as Sutton moved ominously to 169-5 before Baker brought up his 50 in style with a six.

Barry Stanway. Photo: Chris Lowndes (46297467)
Barry Stanway. Photo: Chris Lowndes (46297467)

The visitors had now amassed 106 runs in 10 overs and teenager Baker plundered another boundary to take them past the 200-run mark.

Harrox were now even trying to make the most of using one of the quirks of their ground to try and stem the Sutton surge as another big hit by Baker looked destined to fly over the ropes until it became lodged in the tree which sits inside the boundary and the visiting batsmen were forced to settle for running a three.

Stanway soon found a way around the issue by cracking a colossal six over the clubhouse until the superb partnership was finally broken by Matt Rose.

Rose had Stanway caught on the boundary for 59 as the 129-run partnership was ended with Sutton on 214.

Baker brought up his brilliant ton with another six as Sutton moved past 250 runs before their star performer was finally dismissed by Stephen Coles.

Some quick running between the wickets then helped Sutton eventually close on 295 which sparked a rapid start to Moulton's reply.

Josh Baker's big hit gets lodged in a tree. Photo: Chris Lowndes (46297481)
Josh Baker's big hit gets lodged in a tree. Photo: Chris Lowndes (46297481)

Matthew Barnett blasted a quick-fire 39 before being stumped as Moulton made their way to 96-2 inside 18 overs.

Rose and Josh Newton were now finding their run groove until the latter was dismissed for 37 with Moulton on 153-3.

Rose continued to take the Sutton bowling to task and quickly passed his half-century as the boundaries continued to flow.

He was eventually dismissed for 95 after finding an inside edge onto his stumps that left Moulton on 255-5 and needing 41 runs in less than six overs.

Baker then sealed his man-of-the-match performance with some tidy bowling at the close as Harrox eventually ended a cracking contest on 275-6.

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