CRICKET: Long Sutton dig in for best victory so far

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Sutton continued their winning streak and stayed top of the table with this close victory over determined Friskney opposition.

With captain Matt Bull losing the toss under overcast skies, Sutton knew that posting a respectable score would be key.

Their innings started poorly with wickets lost in the opening overs against a very strong bowling unit.

It wasn’t until Steve Skoulding (23) and Jimmy Wright (51) that the innings gained any impetus. This was furthered by another whirlwind cameo by Barry Stanway (23) who, along with Wright, propelled Sutton to a competitive score of 129.

In reply, Sutton felt that early wickets could be the difference between victory and defeat.

With Paul Edgeller unavailable for work reasons, it was left to Jimmy Wright and Stanway to take the new ball. Both picked up wickets in the opening spells but a partnership began to develop.

Jake Burton (2-34) entered the attack and did make the breakthrough – but with only a small target to chase, Sutton needed to take quick wickets.

With Ian Morris (0-15) bowling well without reward, it was decided that strike bowler Stanway (5-22) needed to be reintroduced.

He obliged and dismissed Friskney’s key batsman Matt Hood (49) to put Sutton in control. However, with less than 30 runs required, Sutton needed to wrap the game up quickly.

Burton picked up his second wicket and it was left to the returning Wright (3-42) to the complete the job.

Captain Phil Barnes said: “Today was our best win of the season.

“We had to dig in and showed tremendous team spirit to get over the line.”