CRICKET: Boro’s batting baffles Sutton depite win

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Long Sutton (189-6) beat Billingborough 2nd (102-8) by 87 runs: Sutton’s charge towards the Division One title continued with another victory – but they were left frustrated by some negative Boro’ batting.

Visitors Billingborough elected to field first and were immediately put on the back foot by some good batting from the regular father and son opening combination of Chris and Ed Booth.

They put on 78 for the first wicket before Chris Booth (35) fell. He was followed fairly quickly by Ed Booth (61), who had played his natural game in passing 50 for the second time this season.

Phil Barnes (7) and Steve Skoulding (6) came and went as they attempted to support Paul Edgeller (32).

When he finally fell, it was the left to finishers Jimmy Wright (21 not out) and Mark Woodall (13) who tried valiantly to propel the home side towards 200.

They fell just short with 189, but Sutton were happy enough with their effort.

In reply, the visitors set their stall out early as they showed little attempt to chase down the total.

Opening bowlers Jimmy Wright and Paul Edgeller toiled as they tried to break the partnership.

Edgeller eventually grabbed the first wicket before the end of his spell.

Change bowlers Mark Woodall and Jake Burton then set about picking up wickets, and indeed points, while getting through their overs as quickly as possible with bad weather imminent.

Woodall (1-18) bowled his usual tight lines, but it was Burton (4-27) who really made an impact – including the vital dismissal of Matt Cox (44). The returning Wright (2-17) and Edgeller (1-22) were unable to finish off the tail, but they had guided Sutton to another victory.

Sutton – now 40 points clear of second-placed Baston – visit Market Deeping 2nd on Saturday (1pm).