Empingham demolish strugglers by 189 runs

Empingham demolished bottom-of-the-table Frisby on Sunday to record back-to -back wins in the Grantham League’s top flight.

The Exton Road army were put in to bat on a moist track but Gary Cooper (13) and Freddie Turner (88) got them off to a damage-free start.

Baz Sharp replaced Cooper and did not hang around, hitting the first maximum of the day before falling for another short ball on 13.

Debutant Rhys Talbot looked at home with 39 and the Kiwi and Turner upped the run rate. Rick (37) and Tom Cooper (39no) pushed Empingham on towards their final tally of 251 for 5.

Bowlers Jack Milner and Jo Stafford were backed up by clinical fielding and the Rutland side soon made inroads.

Frisby’s batsmen were wielding their willow with great intent and vigour but limited success. After a few streaky runs and one huge, memorably strike, the top order collapsed with Stafford picking up his first five wicket haul for the club.

Frisby were bowled out for 62 as Milner, Dan O’Kane and Tom Cooper mopped up the remaining wickets and Empingham won by 189 runs.