CRICKET: Leaders Sutton are made of the Wright stuff

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Long Sutton 1st (204-6) beat Moulton Hx 2nd (79) by 125 runs: Runaway South Lincs and Bordegr League Division One leaders Sutton demolished local rivals Harrox as they finally reached 200 runs in an innings for the first time this season.

Jimmy Wright was the star of the show, taking incredible figures of 7-23 to blow Moulton away for just 79 at Paradise Field.

Phil Barnes (45) and Chris Booth (41) had earlier top scored in Sutton’s tally of 204-6, as they collected maximum points to extend their lead to 42 points.

Man-of-the-match Wright said: “I would like to thank skipper Matt Bull for having faith in my bowling and also Ed Barnes who has been ever present in my development with the ball this season.”

Losing the toss, Sutton set out to make a big score. With regular openers Ed and Chris Booth returning, they needed a solid start to set the platform for the innings.

They lost Ed Booth (6) early in the innings before a excellent stand between Chris Booth and Barnes.

Chris Booth (41) finally fell, bringing Adam Wright to the wicket.

But another rewarding stand between Wright and Barnes continued to add momentum to the innings.

When Wright (28) and the usually reliable Paul Edgeller (0) were dismissed in quick succession, it would require some lower order hitting to reach the full points marks.

Barnes (45) and Steve Skoulding (15) began this process before an unbelievable 53 run stand in five overs between Jimmy Wright (22 from 20) and ex-Moulton player Mark Woodall (26 from 17) allowed the visitors to reach 204-6 and pick up maximum batting points.

In reply, Moulton began well before Edgeller (2-26) dismantled the stumps in consecutive deliveries to put Sutton back in control.

It was then left to Jimmy Wright to take over. His remarkable career best spell saw Moulton’s reply decimated as he utilised a pitch which was ideal for seam bowling.

Although the wickets tumbled at one end, Matt Barnett (44) batted through the innings before being last man out as Jake Burton (1-0) completed the victory.

• Sutton’s second side picked up a convincing 97-run win at Welby 2nd to stay top of the pile in Division Two.

Having been put into bat, Sutton lost Adam Wright (0) and Danny Sisson (3) cheaply.

But Andy Wright (80 not out) batted throughout the innings to propel Sutton to 160-8 from their 45 overs.

Ian Morris (4-25) and Gary Burton (1-19) restricted Welby’s reply early on.

Rob Simpson (3-3 from eight overs) bowled with great control as usual and was supported well by Jake Burton (2-10) as Welby were shot out for a meagre 63.

Despite their win, Sutton’s lead was cut to 12 points by second-placed Cavaliers.