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Round-up of the Rutland League action as Long Sutton Cricket Club's second team make a welcome return




Long Sutton 2nds made a welcome return to Rutland League cricket on Sunday despite a 132-run defeat in their Division Four East opener.

They had last fielded a Sunday second string in 2016 and hosted an experienced Ufford Park side in their league comeback.

Nigel Cole (21) and Pete Taylor (26) made a promising start for the visitors against Sutton's opening attack of Dan Plant and Oliver Taylor.

Market Deeping 2nds were defeated by their Castor counterparts in the Rutland League on Sunday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (46607790)
Market Deeping 2nds were defeated by their Castor counterparts in the Rutland League on Sunday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (46607790)

It was the introduction of Andy Shaw that found a breakthrough for the hosts as he trapped Cole leg before and then caught Taylor off his own bowling.

Shaw also ran out John Pradeep while Craig Milnes had Ufford's top scorer Jonathan Bigham caught by wicket-keeper Connie Gittens for 54.

Ajay Jinah added a couple more wickets while Emmy Gittens and Plant both picked up a run out apiece as Ufford ended their 40 overs on 197-8.

Shaw was the pick of the home attack with 2-17 from eight overs that included three maidens while Jinah took 2-20 from his five.

Sutton did drop three catches during the Ufford innings and their visitors looked the tighter of the two teams in the field.

The difference in their experience showed in the run chase as Sutton were bowled out for 65 as Damian Willett claimed 4-14 and Jan Neville 4-17 for the visitors.

Market Deeping 2nds were defeated by their Castor counterparts in the Rutland League on Sunday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (46607738)
Market Deeping 2nds were defeated by their Castor counterparts in the Rutland League on Sunday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (46607738)

Sutton opener Connie Gittens showed potential at the top of the order by making 14 while Mackenzie East performed well for his 15.

Alin Carter's efforts proved in vain for Moulton Harrox as they went down by seven wickets against Uffington 2nds in the same division.

Carter cracked 67 and fellow opener Mike Kearns made 13 but none of the rest of the Moulton side made double figures as they were bowled out for 104.

Market Deeping 2nds were defeated by their Castor counterparts in the Rutland League on Sunday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (46607700)
Market Deeping 2nds were defeated by their Castor counterparts in the Rutland League on Sunday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (46607700)

Uffington then eased home in 24 overs despite Nick Cornwell claiming 2-28 and Lewis Doughty taking 1-21 for Harrox.

Market Deeping 2nds were also on the wrong end of a 92-run reversal when they hosted their Castor counterparts.

Connor Parnell hit an unbeaten 72 as Castor made 207-4 from their 40 overs with Ben Rae, Alex Green, Adam Muspratt and Joe Pearson all picking up a wicket apiece for Deeping.

The hosts were then restricted to 115-8 from their 40 overs with Green (18) and Matt Simpson (17no) their leading scorers.



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