Brilliant start for Barrowden

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ONE of the outstanding results of the day was Barrowden’s demolition of Hampton 2nd XI in division seven of the Rutland League.

The Hampton side were a division higher last season but they put up little resistance to the Rutlanders who made it three wins from three after a delayed start to the 2012 season.

It was an emphatic victory after a short, one-sided game on Sunday when Hampton’s innings lasted little over 18 overs as Jonny White ran riot.

Two run-outs in the early overs – one of which saw both batsmen at one end of the wicket – didn’t help Hampton’s cause and two wickets from Chris White (2-6 from 6) made sure they couldn’t rebuild, from 5-4 after 12 overs.

That was the point when Jonny found skipper Lowe’s off stump and began tearing through the middle order, finishing with six maidens from his 9.2 overs, and five wickets for just three runs as Hampton were skittled for just 26. Matt Green took the remaining wicket.

In response, the White brothers set calmly chased down their 27 run target within six overs. Chris finished unbeaten on 17 and Jonny 9 not out to secure a 10-wicket win.

Chris said afterwards: “We’ve made a fantastic start to the new season and I can’t ask for more than we’ve given so far.

“We lost eight games due to the weather at the start of the season which meant we came straight into league action against two good sides in Marko and Hampton, and we’ve outplayed both in all areas of the game.”