TWO Luffenham bowlers enjoyed a sensational day’s cricket on Saturday as North Luffenham were one of several Rutland teams to enjoy wins at the weekend.
Dave Brew and Robin King devastated Baston’s innings in the South Lincolnshire League’s third division with four for 15 and five for 16 respectively. And they needed to be on fire as Baston had earlier restricted Luffenham’s tally to just 105.
Luffenham skipper Brew said: “We got bowled out for 105 which was a poor total. We were on about 70 for two but suddenly it all changed and we lost eight wickets for very little.”
Baston’s John Lamin took four wickets for 20 runs off his 6.3 overs and must have felt confident his side would win. But thankfully for Luffenham it was a day for bowlers and although Baston got off to a decent start, once the wickets started to fall a classic batting collapse followed.
“The wicket certainly suited bowlers,” admitted Brew. “I am not sure we did anything different. We just kept the ball on target.”
l TWO other Rutland teams to enjoy good victories at the weekend were Uppingham, who claimed Bourne’s scalp on the back of wins against Barnack and Oundle in the Rutland League, and Market Overton who maintained their early push for promotion in the same league with a third win in four in division two.
Uppingham beat Bourne at home by four wickets despite Bourne’s Charlie Hopkins taking five wickets with a blistering attack of pace and accuracy.
Bourne won the toss and batted first on a wicket that looked full of runs but yet again the bowlers proved to be dominant at the Castle Hill ground.
The visitors where soon in trouble when opener Pete Morgan edged a catch to first slip Mark Cox for just one run. Opening bowlers James Moldon (2 for 14) and Jamie Binley (2 for 24) destroyed Bourne’s opening batsmen, leaving them in trouble with 4 wickets down for 30 runs at the 13 over mark.
Scott Green bowled superbly once again, taking three wickets for just 9 runs and Danny Dumford took three wickets for 29 runs. Tom Binns top-scored with 23 as Bourne were bowled out for just 83.
Uppingham found batting no easier and openers Jamie Dumford (11) and Martin Bennett (20) both struggled against Hopkins who picked up five for 38 runs.
At 16 overs, Uppingham were four wickets down for 67 but Binley hit a quick 15 and Town reached their target in 21 overs.
In division two, Market Overton beat Stewarts & Lloyds Corby by five wickets.
S&L elected to bat and made a good start with 100 off the first 23 overs despite good form with the ball from Luke Clark early on.
But Paul Thwaites, debutant Ben Wooster (a Lincolnshire U17 leg spinner) and Luke Clark cleaned up the tail enders as S&L were restricted to 171 on a good batting pitch.
Marko’s bowlers were backed up by some great commitment in the field from the likes of Matt Parnham and Johnny Harrison but their reply got off to the worst possible start possible, losing Stuart Rose for a duck.
Adam Clark and John Chell took the game to S&L with some attacking batting before Clark was caught at square leg. Chell was bowled a few overs later but Brian Makwana never looked in trouble against a generous bowling attack, ending on 89 not out.
Skipper Mark Hudson said: “I was really pleased with the maximum 20 points against a team who comprehensively beat Oakham the week before.”