Empingham saunter to a crushing win

Stu Naylor bowling for Empingham'Photo: Geoff Atton
Stu Naylor bowling for Empingham'Photo: Geoff Atton
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Empingham demolished Pickwell in double quick time on Sunday, barely breaking a sweat as they extended their cushion in third place in the Grantham and Melton League’s top flight.

Cooper won the toss and elected to field first on a cloudy day at Exton Road where Pickwell were immensely understrength with depleted numbers and a severe lack of specialist batsmen.

Stu Naylor made an early breakthrough with a swinging delivery that was caught by Ian Sharp.

Freddie Turner soon joined the fun with Adam Ireland the safe pair of hands for the catch.

These early wickets set the tone for some questionable batting and, the odd agricultural blow aside, Naylor and Turner were all over the Pickwell batsmen.

Wickets rapidly tumbled from shots which would have looked more at home at Muirfield than the fine pastures of Exton Road.

There were catches from Dan O’Kane and Ian Sharp, while Baz Sharp who looked tidy behind the stumps took a sharp grab as the eight men of Pickwell were skittled for just 57.

Naylor ended with figures of 7.2-3-33 and Turner 7-4-24 without a single extra given away.

Despite clamour from the changing room to alter the batting order, Tom Cooper, Empingham’s most successful ever captain, sent out regular openers Mark Coburn and Freddie Turner.

Coburn, in need of a return to form, looked magnificent crashing two straight sixes, and Turner was fluent at the other end with a couple of guided boundaries making use of the rapid outfield as Empingham reached their total in the sixth over.