Long Sutton looking good to secure promotion from Division Three of the Rutland Club
Long Sutton strengthened their position at top of the Rutland League Division Three table after victory in their penultimate game of the season on Sunday.
Jake Burton’s side were three-wicket winners at Werrington while second-placed Ketton Sports lost to Rutland rivals Oakham.
Sutton are now 28 points clear at the top – with one match remaining against near neighbours Spalding – but Ketton Sports do still have three games in hand.
Sunday’s match saw Sutton in the field for the third week running with Josh Baker and Adam Whitaker both starting well after opening the bowling.
Baker took two wickets in first spell and Whitaker one to leave Werrington on 93-3 after 18 overs.
Bringing Paul Deans and Charlie Crisp into the Sutton attack then paid dividends as they took four wickets between them in three overs.
Deans took another wicket after the drinks break to finish with 4-53 before Saliman Akhtar (26) and Usama Saqib (39) rallied for Werrington with a good partnership.
Skipper Burton broke up the stand, courtesy of an Ed Barnes catch, before Baker returned to the attack to bowl Saqib and finish with 3-36 as Werrington were dismissed for 172.
Phil Barnes and Dan Oldfield got the Sutton reply off to a spritely start by scoring 20 runs off the first two overs.
Oldfield went on to top score for Sutton with 69 while Baker made 22 to move Sutton closer to victory.
Deans and Crisp then joined forces again to quickly secure the success with a flurry of boundaries.
Deans smashed two sixes and a four in his 19 not out before Crisp cracked a six and two fours in an unbeaten 17 as Sutton triumphed in the 33rd over.
Market Deeping suffered a double defeat against Peterborough Town after losing both the first and second team tussles.
In the first team match at Outgang Road, Deeping were defeated by six wickets after being bowled out for 208.
Zeeshan Manzoor top-scored for the hosts before he was dismissed three runs short of his century while Josh Smith struck 28 and James Hook hit 25.
Manzoor and Matt Simpson collected a couple of wickets each in Town reply, but the visitors secured the win in the 43rd over.
The second team tussle at Bretton Gate in Division Four East saw Town total 237-6 from their 40 overs after batting first.
Freddie Moore took three wickets and Adam Muspratt struck twice for Deeping who were then bowled out for 101 in their reply.
Opener Andy Plowright carried his bat for an unbeaten 54 not out but solid support from the rest of the batsmen was in short supply.