Pole position for Marko in title race

Photo: SM240711-044ow.jpg'Market Overton CC v Wisbech CC. Michael Roberts bowling for Market Overton.

Photo: SM240711-044ow.jpg'Market Overton CC v Wisbech CC. Michael Roberts bowling for Market Overton.

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MARKET Overton beat top-of-the-table Wisbech to claim pole position in the Rutland League’s second division on Sunday.

Marko are gunning for promotion and beat the division’s previous top side by four wickets to take a three point lead.

Wisbech chose to bat first and made 220-9 from 45 overs; a target that Marko reached with more than an over to spare.

Brian Makwana and Michael Roberts opened the attack with excellent bowling. Makwana only went for six runs off his first 8 overs.

After 18 overs skipper mark Hudson brought on Australian spinner Spencer and Dil Yahathagoda who limited Wisbech to just 101-2 off 31 overs. But from there, Marko allowed Wisbech back into the game. With wickets in hand on another batsmen friendly wicket at Market Overton, Wisbech reached 220-9 off their 45 overs. Matt Esser top-scored with 41.

Spencer and Makwana both ended with three wickets apiece but it was the early bowling that kept the target manageable and Hudson said: “Our two opening bowlers, Makwana and Roberts bowled very well in the opening stages.”

Spencer and Yahathagoda opened the batting and set off at a cracking pace with Yahathagoda hitting 20 runs in just three overs. But he was caught out going for another big shot, leaving Marko on 27-1 after just 4 overs.

John Chell went in at number three and he and Spencer steadied the innings until Chell was caught behind for 30,

He was swiftly followed back to the pavilion by Stuart Rose for two, which brought Makwana to the crease. But when Darren Munton was clean bowled for 14, Marko were reeling at 129-5.

The innings was steadied by Mark Owen at number seven, who scored an impressive 40 with a big six over deep mid-wicket the highlight of his innings.

With Makwana, in the form of his life, given solid support from Owen, Marko’s target was once again within reach and they never looked like losing from that point on.

Owen finally went, stumped with the score on 213-6 off 43 overs but Makwana settled the game with two successive fours to win with nine balls remaining. Makwana finished on 67, yet again not out.

The win moved Marko back to the top of the division and this Sunday’s game, against third-placed Nassington, will be another crucial tie in the race for the promotion.

l MARKET Overton CC host their annual cricket week from August 6.

The opening day will feature an all-day barbecue and live music from Wrinkle Rock.