Cricket: Empingham continue winning ways

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Empingham’s first game on alien soil away at Harlaxton, ended in familiar fashion, with another victory for the early season table toppers.

Empingham won the toss and bowled first hoping to restrict Harlaxton on what appeared a great track.

Unfortunately Freddie Turner (8-0-54) wasn’t at his best, giving the opposition some early runs. Stu Naylor (10-2-25) was more consistent and after much probing was able to pick up two early scalps, with some sharp glove work by Mark Coburn.

Kamish Ganti (10-2-25) made his return to the team, fresh from his new-found fatherhood and was able to keep it tight with some high calibre swing bowling.

He picked up two wickets in an over and these two bowlers were able to put Empingham on top.

Fisherman Rick Cooper (10-4-38) then came on to reel in the batsman and with some good bowling they took the bait, with Rick rattling through the middle order. With 10 overs to go Harlaxton had only just made 100, however some powerful hitting and uncharacteristically sloppy fielding for Empingham pushed them up to 157.

Despite some good bowling at the death from Tom Cooper (2-2-4) which gave Empingham full bowling points.

In reply, Mark Coburn (14) got Empingham off to a breezy start but soon mishit one to mid off.

This early loss was worsened when Turner ran out Baz Sharp for one. Much was needed from captain Tom Cooper and Turner and they duly delivered, with a hefty partnership of 75.

Cooper looked in great form pummelling sixes and fours around the ground. The pair took Empingham to within 50 of the total, before Cooper (45) foolishly missed a straight one sweeping the Harlaxton spinner on 45.

Turner took over the mantle with a few boundaries but soon followed, caught well on 44. This prompted a middle order collapse.

Fortunately Adam Ireland, 23 not out, and Stu Naylor, seven not out held their nerve, with Empingham winning with two wickets to spare in the 39th over.

The 100 per cent record remains in tact.