Empingham’s high hopes

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EMPINGHAM travel to Sholay on Sunday in the hope that results elsewhere go their way.

Victory for Empingham coupled with the right results elsewhere could see then pinch second place for automatic promotion to division two of the Grantham and Melton League.

Empingham kept themselves in the race with by beating Ashby Carrington last weekend when they batted first.

Mark Coburn and Freddie Turner opened the batting in tough, swinging conditions and both Ashby’s opening bowlers managed to get movement from the moisture in the wicket. Coburn was first to fall, leaving a straight delivery and skipper Tom Cooper soon gave the visitors further cries of joy when he skied a half tracker to fine leg for 16.

Denny and O’Kane followed and with Empingham struggling on 46 for 4, David McKevitt joined Turner in the middle. Soon it started pouring runs with Turner and Mckevitt in majestic form.

Turner fell shortly after his 50 while McKevitt ran himself out on 68. Rick Cooper and Alex Brown enjoyed wagging the Empingham tail with some hefty blows to the boundary as Empingham posted their final home total of the season of 210 all out.

Empingham ruffled the feathers of the Ashby Carrington openers with some quick, sharp bowling from both McKevitt and Turner. McKevitt claimed the first wicket lbw and this set the wheels in motion as the Empingham team rallied to claim all 20 points.

Rick Cooper and Danny O’Kane were instrumental with the ball as they claimed the majority of the wickets while young guns Harvey Stafford and Will Thraves showed class in the field.

Ashby were dismissed for a total of 150. Cooper claimed the final two wickets just before the heavens opened.