Sutton storm to summit after crushing win

Long Sutton stormed to the top of Division One of the South Lincs and Border League after an emphatic demolition of Billingborough 2nd on Saturday.


Phil Barnes’ side took full advantage of previous leaders Welby having a weekend off to move to the summit with a maximum points haul.


The home side won the toss at Paradise Field and made the most of putting their visitors into bat as Steven Milnes swept through the top of the Billingborough batting attack.


Milnes claimed the top four batsmen with only visiting skipper Murray Turner (10) making double figures.


Rajan Sangha then got in on the wicket-taking act as he dismissed four Billingborough batsmen without scoring.


Rob Simpson then claimed a brace with the wickets of top scorer Fred Gedney (13) and Callum Scott (14) to leave Billingborough all out for 64.


Milnes returned a superb haul of 4-10 from a seven over spell with Sangha taking 4-15 from just five overs.


Despite losing Dan Oldfield and Ed Booth cheaply, Sutton made light work of chasing down their victory target.


An unbeaten 46 from opener Jamie Taylor was ably supported by Aaron John (14no) as Sutton took just nine overs to pass Billingborough’s total.


The 20-point haul means Long Sutton are now 12 points clear of second-placed Welby.


Moulton Harrox made a plucky effort of defending a low total in their two-wicket loss to Claypole in Division One of the South Lincs and Border League on Saturday.


Having been put into bat, Louis Greetham (16), William Naylor (13) and Andy Goodley (23) led a spirited top order showing with Karl Hibbert (10) and Joe Lyon (13no) rallying late on as Harrox were bowled out for 100.


Despite James King (22) and Alex Ireland (19) putting the hosts in a strong position, the introduction of Lawrence Rayner brought Harrox back into contention.


Rayner returned 4-28 from 11.3 overs as Claypole limped to 56-5 in their reply.


Graham Revill (11no) then steadied the home side’s ship and, despite losing a further three wickets, Claypole clung on for a two-wicket win.


Long Sutton 2nd suffered a heavy 157-run defeat against a strong Belton Park 2nd side in Division Two.


Belton made the most of Sutton’s decision to put them into bat by piling up 251-4 from their 45 overs.


Ellie Burton bagged two wickets for Long Sutton with Andy Shaw and Craig Milnes claiming one apiece.


Sutton’s reply started promisingly with Josh Baker (32) and Calvin Bird (22) putting on a 54-run partnership for the second wicket.


However, Andy Hardstaff (13) and Shaw (10) were the only other Sutton batsmen to make double figures as they were bowled out for 94.

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