CRICKET: Brilliant Barry batters Blankney

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Long Sutton 1st (32-7) beat Blankney (31) by 3 wickets: Long Sutton survived a major wobble to remain top of the table as they picked up a deserved win on Saturday.

After winning the toss for the fourth time on the bounce, Sutton elected to field – and they were soon rewarded as Barry Stanway (7-16) obliterated the Blankney batting line up with a combination of aggression, pace and skill.

He exploited the conditions perfectly and Blankney had no answer with only one batsman reaching double figures. Pace ace Stanway was ably supported by Paul Edgeller (1-11), who bowled with similar guile without ample reward.

It was then left to Jimmy Wright (2-0) to mop up the tail as Blankney were blown away in only 15 overs.

The Blankney bowlers made Sutton work for every run – and they picked up seven wickets, making Steve Skoulding’s (12) contribution vital. However, Sutton did reach the target in 16 overs and picked up maximum points to keep them ahead of rivals Baston after six games.

• Long Sutton’s Sunday side continued their assured start to life in Rutland League Division Three with another impressive victory against an experienced Uffington side.

The innings started well with openers Steve Skoulding (22) and Phil Coote (65 not out) building a solid platform. Paul Edgeller (51) then upped the scoring rate and propelled the innings towards a competitive total.

A lower order cameo from Chris King (13) allowed Sutton to reach a season-high total of 182-4 from their 45 overs.

Uffington’s reply was dented immediately with some hostile bowling from man-of-the-match Edgeller (5-10), as they were reduced to 7-4. He was again backed up superbly by Jimmy Wright (3-27) and Jake Burton (2-34) as they combined to clean up the tail and secure an excellent 79-run victory.

Skipper Burton said: “Paul’s spell on Sunday and Saturday’s by Barry are two of the best spells of quick bowling you will see all season. Both deserved every wicket and won us the games.”