A brilliant all-round display from captain Dan Oldfield steered Long Sutton to an impressive four-wicket victory at Woodhall Spa 2nd on Saturday.
Skipper Oldfield took 5-49 to help limit hosts Spa to 203-8 in the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division clash, before top scoring with 77 in Sutton’s successful 204-6 in reply.
Having opted to put Spa into bat first, Sutton took the wicket of Sam Cherry (19) early on as Barry Stanway (1-45) struck.
That brought George Lindsey (41) and Brandan Laurenzi (46) to the crease, with the pair building a formidable partnership.
Adam Whitaker (1-44) eventually got Lindsey, while Oldfield had Laurenzi out caught and bowled.
Gareth Grant (6) then came and went as Angus Bell (1-30) got in on the act, before Sam Cooke (24) and Matt Todd (31 not out) began to rebuild.
It was all about Oldfield from then on, however, as he snared Cooke with another caught and bowled before having Carl Wall (6) caught.
Jack Cooke (0) and Will Sharpe (0) went the same way as Oldfield claimed his five-fer and stopped Spa’s score getting too far away from Sutton.
It looked like being a tough run chase for Sutton when Luke Barnes (3) lost his wicket early on.
Chris Booth (18) and Oldfield (77) steadied the ship, as did Rav Sangha (45) when Booth was dismissed by Cherry (2-27).
With Sangha eventually caught and bowled by Peter Jackson (1-52), James Baker (11) and then Stanway (24) both enjoyed solid knocks.
With Oldfield eventually bowled by Will Sharpe (2-43), it was left to Beau Newman (7 not out) and Bell (5 not out) to get Sutton home with just four balls to spare.
The four-wicket win earned Sutton 19 points and moves them into seventh place ahead of Saturday’s game at Skegness (1pm).
- Long Sutton 2nd suffered a three-wicket defeat against Newborough at Paradise Field in SLBL Division Two on Saturday.
Batting first after winning the toss, Dan Plant (29), Jeremy Smith (20) and Ed Munson (18) top scored in Sutton’s 102 all out in 38.1 overs.
Steven Milnes (2-13) and Andy Shaw (2-16) grabbed two wickets apiece in the Newborough reply, but they raced 103-7 in 22.2 overs as Andy Walker made 48.