CRICKET: Long Sutton smash best-ever score as Beeston are battered

Handy knock: Moulton Harrox's Jack Barnett bowls to Stamford's Tim Juggins, who made 41 down the order on Saturday. Photo: SG300711-142NG (NIKKI GRIFFIN)
Handy knock: Moulton Harrox's Jack Barnett bowls to Stamford's Tim Juggins, who made 41 down the order on Saturday. Photo: SG300711-142NG (NIKKI GRIFFIN)
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Long Sutton 2nd (452-5) beat Beeston 2nd (26) by 426 runs: RAMPANT Long Sutton 2nd set a new West Norfolk Cricket League record score on Saturday in the most one-sided game you’ll ever see.

James Wright and Phil Barnes both hit tons as Sutton smashed 452 against hapless Beeston in Division Five, before skittling them out for just 26.

Sutton’s monstrous tally beats the West Norfolk League’s previous best of 451, which was set back in 1995, by a solitary run, while their winning margin of 426 is absolutely colossal.

Wright led from the front at Paradise Field, cracking a sublime 174.

He also shared an opening stand of 164 with fellow opener Shaun Keeble (89), who fell 11 short of a century of his own.

Not to be outdone, Barnes came in and slapped an unbeaten 100 of his own – taking his average for the season to an incredible 205.

Beeston were always up against it as they aimed to chase down the biggest target in league history, but what followed was simply remarkable.

Ten of their team were dismissed for ducks, with only three of their 26 runs coming from the bat. Eight byes and 15 wides were the leading scorers for the away side, who were simply blown away.

The massacre takes Sutton to the top of the Division Five standings, two points ahead of Dereham 3rd.

Long Sutton 2nd

J Wright b Bear 174

S Keeble b Bridges 89

A Wright b O Hall 21

P Barnes not out 100

G Barrett b Bear 5

C Milnes run out (Grimes) 20

R Hallam not out 6

Extras (9b, 6lb, 14w, 8nb) 37

Total (for 5 wickets, 45 overs) 452

Bowling: Bridges 12-0-106-1; O Hall 8-0-68-1; K Hall 10-0-109-0; Bear 11-0-95-2; Lucas 3-0-37-0; Parke 1-0-19-0.

Beeston 2nd

P Bear LBW b Hallam 3

R Oldfield b Sayer 0

J Laing c A Wright b Sayer 0

A Grimes st Bird b Sayer 0

O Hall b Hallam 0

B Parke b Hallam 0

S Parke b Hallam 0

S Lucas b Hallam 0

P Bridges b Baker 0

K Hall not out 0

G Bridges b Baker 0

Extras (8b, 15w) 23

Total (all out , 12.5 overs) 26

Bowling: Sayer 6-2-5-3; Hallam 6-1-13-5; Baker 0.5-0-0-2.


Division One

Belton Park (160) beat Spalding 1st (129) by 31 runs

TOWN missed out on the chance to leapfrog Belton Park into third place on Saturday after a dismal batting display.

Simon Juckes’ side were asked to bowl first after losing the toss on what looked to be a bowler friendly track.

Belton openers Nathan Whales (26) and Glyn Lumb (20) got the innings off to a brisk start as they punished anything lose.

But Jamie Juckes (1-29) ended the partnership, with some sharp glove work from Rob Ambrose having Lumb caught behind.

Belton carried on scoring freely, but the introduction of Spalding’s towering fast bowler Mike Kearns Jnr (5-55) put paid to that.

He bowled with pace and aggression and really unsettled the Belton middle order with some short pitched bowling.

Park skipper James Moore did come to the rescue with a battling 41, but Town took their final wicket in the 39th over with the score 160.

However, Spalding’s reply didn’t get off to the best of starts as they lost early wickets.

With Henry Charlton (7), Simon Juckes (3) and Luke Whitworth a(17) all back in the hutch, Kearns and Ansar Hussain (11) started to build a partnership before a mix-up saw the former run out for 28.

Spalding then collapsed, with Peter Chalk (3-22) and Andrew Sheardown (3-32) Belton’s chief destroyers.

One of the only highlights of the Town innings came at the death, with Dave Endersbee (18) and Ashlet Bright (24no) putting on a final wicket stand of 45 to push their total up to a more respectable.

It was a bad day at the office for Simon Juckes’ side, who will hope for better in their home clash with struggling Market Deeping 2nd on Saturday (1.30pm).

Stamford 1st (229-9) beat Moulton Harrox 1st (168) by 61 runs

Stamford 1st

C Bore c Eveleigh b M Barnett 27

Bryan Bennett LBW b H Barnett 22

L Dave LBW b M Barnett 4

D Piggott LBW b H Barnett 56

S Lem b M Barnett 12

Z Chappell c J Barnett b M Barnett 0

J Ferrow b M Barnett 8

T Juggins b Saville 41

C Simmons not out 17

Brett Bennett b H Barnett 7

B Hall not out 12

Extras (4b, 2lb, 17w) 23

Total (for 9 wickets) 229

Bowling: H Barnett 11-0-68-3; M Barnett 10-2-59-5; J Barnett 12-2-38-0; Cusack 4-0-22-0; Saville 6-0-23-1; Eveleigh 2-0-9-0.

Moulton Harrox 1st

J Barnett b Brett Bennett 22

W Jex b Bore 46

C Morriss b Piggott 37

J Fisher c Simmons b Piggott 4

K Hibbert b Piggott 3

M Barnett run out Simmons 19

H Barnett b Bore 1

J Broomfield st Simmons b Bore 1

C Saville not out 0

N Eveleigh b Piggott 0

M Cusack LBW b Bore 1

Extras (16b, 7lb, 7w, 1nb) 31

Total (all out) 168

Bowling: Dave 4-0-18-0; Hall 4-0-18-0; Ferrow 4-0-28-0; Brett Bennett 4-0-22-1; Bore 9.3-0-40-4; Piggott 9-1-20-4.

Division Three

Timberlands (192-5) beat Pinchbeck (188) by four runs

PINCHBECK narrowly lost to Timberlands in a cracking contest.

In a setting as agricultural as some of the cricket, Timberlands won the toss and elected to bat on a warm, but overcast afternoon.

After James Langford made an early breakthrough, the partnership of Ian Mickleburgh (59) and Paul Durward produced a flurry of boundaries, which threatened to take the hosts way over the 200 mark.

But late wickets from Langford (2-32) and Mike Knight (2-40) reined them in to a gettable 192 on a sloping pitch with very short boundaries.

Pinchbeck’s openers started off steadily against some challenging swing bowling, but the introduction of the deceptively casual Tony Carter (5-42) saw wickets tumble.

With Langford (46) and Knight (28) at the crease the runs flowed, but Pinchbeck ran out of wickets in the last over and fell four runs short in a fantastic finish.