CRICKET: Last-gasp loss tough to take for Sutton

Captain's knock: Jake Burton helped push Sutton past 200.
Captain's knock: Jake Burton helped push Sutton past 200.
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Long Sutton Sun 1st (208-9) lost to Uffington (209-7) by three wickets: Long Sutton’s premier Sunday side suffered an agonising defeat in an unbelievable Rutland League Division Three game.

Winning the toss on a wicket which looked bowler friendly, Sutton skipper Jake Burton elected to bat hoping the pitch would deteriorate.

This looked to be a poor decision as Sutton lost Phil Coote (5) and Paul Edgeller (0) in the early exchanges before Rav Sangha (3) and Steve Skoulding (23) also fell.

They began to rebuild through a stubborn partnership from Chris Battle (26) and Jeremy Smith (23), moving Sutton past the 100 mark. But, when both were dismissed along with big hitter Barry Stanway (2), the visitors were looking at a well below par score.

An accelerating stand between Matt Bull (22) and Burton (30no) reignited the innings, before brothers Jack (11) and Jordan Keeble (2no) supported their skipper to guide Sutton to a decent total of 208-9.

In reply, the strike bowling pair of Stanway and Paul picked up two early wickets to put Uffington on the back foot.

This brought Tom Bentley (60) to the crease who crashed his way to a half century before being caught on the boundary of the bowling of Burton (1-52).

Sangha (2-45) was then introduced and he picked up two crucial dismissals to put the game back in the balance. With Edgeller (4-35) returning to bowl the final overs, he took two wickets in two balls to throw the game back in Sutton’s favour.

They couldn’t get rid of Damien Herrick (69 not out) though, as he got his side home with a ball to spare.