SLBL cricket: Moulton Harrox see off Heckington in tight tussle, Sutton 2nd beaten

Moulton Harrox raced to a whirlwind four-wicket victory over Heckington on Saturday in one of only three games completed across the South Lincs and Border League on Saturday.

On another rain hit day, hosts Moulton won the toss and opted to bat first in the Division One clash at Broad Lane. It proved to be an inspired call, with Heckington promptly dispatched for just 88 in 34.3 overs.

Louis Greetham (3-29) struck early to get rid of Damon Tunnicliffe (3) and Ben Wooster (1).

Alex Baker (1-8) and Jack Barnett (3-16) then struck to get rid of Chris Morely (17) and Pritesh Patel (17), to leave Moulton in the early ascendancy.

The wickets continued to tumble, with Simon Juckes (1-4) getting Suketu Patel for a duck and Carl Lamming (2-19) removing both Robbie Townsend and Nick Millward without either troubling the scorers.

Steve Brumpton (11) and Callum Kopp (13) did stem the flow briefly, but Barnett returned to get the former and Tony Carter for a duck before Greetham knocked over Kopp to end the innings.

Harrox lost Chris Beale (4) early on their reply, but Mike Kearns Snr (25) and Matt Barnett (14) offered an otherwise stable start.

Chris Morley (3-17) soon had both caught and bowled, but Jack Barnett (20) and Jake Morton (18 not out) added more important runs to edge Harrox closer towards their target.

It wasn’t long before Jack Barnett became Morley’s third victim, though, while Karl Hibbert (6) was caught and bowled by Pritesh Patel and Alin Carter (0) was run out.

But Morton and Greetham (3 not out) steered Moulton to 90-6 in the 34th over.

  • Long Sutton 2nd suffered a hefty nine-wicket defeat against Freiston in the only SLBL Division Two game to beat the weather on Saturday.

Steven Milnes (16 not out) was the only Sutton player to make double figures as they were bowled out for 51 at Paradise Field, with Andrew Wright and Andy Shaw both out for ducks.

Steve Appleyard (4-13), Stewart Kirtley (3-13) and Tom Appleyard (2-10) were the pick of the away bowlers.

Freiston’s reply was emphatic as they cruised to 54-1, with Waseem Ilyas (30 not out) their star man.

Daniel Plant (1-9) grabbed the only Sutton wicket.

  • All other games involving South Holland sides were postponed.

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