Market Overton 2nd (160-7) lost to Long Sutton 2nd (161-9) by one wicket: SUTTON’S tail wagged as they beat Market Overton – and the weather – by a solitary wicket in Rutland League Division Seven on Sunday.
With the continuing British summer putting paid to pretty much all play over the weekend, Sutton’s Sunday second team were surprised to be in action.
With their youthful side including four players aged 15 or under, visitors Sutton were surprised to be fielding first on what looked like a good bowling pitch.
With the first wicket falling on just the fifth ball of Paul Edgeller’s first over, hopes were high.
The wet conditions and longer grass in the outfield made boundaries hard to come by in the early stages, but with growing confidence Overton’s batsmen started hitting out and pushed the scoreboard along – and at some stages put neighbouring greenhouses at risk.
With Edgeller picking up three wickets, including one ably caught on the boundary by Alex Canham, Adam Wright snaring two of his own and Ian Morris and Matt Bull both picking up a wicket apiece, Overton reached 160-7 from their 45 overs.
Sutton’s reply got off to a stuttering reply as they lost their first three wickets for just 18. But Matt Bull started to steady things up with an impressive 48 and Craig Milnes chipped in with 25.
Wickets continued to fall, meaning it was left to the bowlers to see the game home, with Wright (24no) and Edgeller (19no) seeing the game home with an over to spare.