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Long Sutton and Sandringham cricket clubs share the spoils in friendly double-header

Dan Oldfield and Adam Wright produced a match-winning partnership to ensure Long Sutton made a victorious start to their season on Saturday.

The duo put on a 121-run stand for the third wicket of the first team’s friendly clash with Sandringham which helped ensure a five-wicket win.

The match was part of a double-header of first and second team action against their Norfolk counterparts in preparation for the new league campaigns.

Long Sutton take the wicket of Sandringham batsman Aaron Nicol.. (38979240)
Long Sutton take the wicket of Sandringham batsman Aaron Nicol.. (38979240)

The South Lincs and Border League season starts on Saturday, August 1, with Long Sutton getting their Rutland League campaign under way this Sunday when they host Oakham at Paradise Field.

They successfully chased down a target of 206-3 from 40 overs in Saturday’s first team clash after Sandringham had made a solid start.

James Banham (79no) and Jake Burton (15) put on 84 runs for the first wicket until Rob Simpson broke up the opening partnership.

Simpson struck again moments later to dismiss Aaron Nicol, courtesy of a Wright stumping, to leave the hosts on 85-2.

Ben Melton joined Banham and made 39 before he was caught by Josh Baker off the bowling of James Baker.

James Hearmon then hit six fours in a rapid 32 not out to support Banham who carried his bat through the 40 overs. Simpson was the pick of the Sutton bowlers with 2-24 from eight overs.

Long Sutton 2nds v Sandringham 2nds..Milly Hastings... (38979249)
Long Sutton 2nds v Sandringham 2nds..Milly Hastings... (38979249)

Despite losing opener Chris Booth early in their reply, Jamie Taylor took the visitors past the half-century mark by hitting six boundaries in his 31 runs.

After his departure, Oldfield and Wright joined forces to take Sutton to the brink of victory.

Oldfield cracked 10 fours and three sixes in his 79 while Wright plundrered seven fours and three sixes in his 61.

Barry Stanway struck a further 14 before Josh Baker (5no) and Connie Gittins (0no) saw Sutton home with seven overs to spare.

The second team clash between the two clubs saw Sandringham take the spoils in a seven-wicket win.

They bowled out Sutton for 145 but the hosts did well to recover their innings after being 35-6 at one stage.

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