CRICKET: Professional Barrowden close in on promotion

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WAKERLEY and Barrowden continued their push for promotion from Division 7 of the Rutland League with a convincing and professional eight-wicket win at Long Sutton 2nds.

Matt Green was the star of the show, justifying their decision to bowl first by removing three of the top four, including two in successive deliveries, followed by the dangerous looking Coote in the next over to leave the home side on 25-3.

Jonny White picked up the wickets of Reeves in the very next over and things were looking very bright for Barrowden. Green picked up a fourth wicket, and Chris White introduced himself into the attack and picked up 3-5 from 4 overs.

Steve Chivers also claimed a wicket, reducing Long Sutton to 48-9. However, a last wicket stand of 27 between Munson and Hunt frustrated Barrowden who had looked like being set a target below 50, but when Munson was eventually caught by Fraser Wright off Jonny White for 29 - the highest score of the innings and only the second Long Sutton player to make double figures, the home side were all out for just 75 inside 30 overs.

Matt Green was the pick of the Barrowden attack, finishing with 4-18 from 11 overs. Jonny White finishing with 2-20.

In reply, Barrowden set about chasing down their small target professionally, with Steve Chivers and Jonny White looking to take advantage of any poor deliveries and reach the target comfortably.

That plan was going well until Chivers was adjudged lbw to Munson for 9, and Sam Hodson soon followed, caught and bowled by Baker for 4, leaving them 35-2, but White (16no) and Matt Green (26no) saw Barrowden home inside 22 overs with Green smashing four boundaries to calm any nerves.

The win was Barrowden’s fifth straight victory - and fourth in the league - making promotion a real possibility. Skipper Chris White said: “It’s in our own hands. We’ve been saying for weeks now that we just have to keep playing our cricket and see what happens.

“At the moment we’re all playing really well as a team with everyone contributing and it’s great to go on a winning run but we’ve got plenty of tests still ahead. We know what we need to do if we’re to go up, it’s down to us to make sure it happens. I’ve no doubts that if we keep going as we are right now, we’ll be in division six next year.

“The game at Long Sutton was fantastic from start to finish, played in really good spirits. Matt Green bowled beautifully and deserved more wickets and it was fitting that he hit the winning runs too. Sam Hodson took two brilliant slip catches and we made batting really difficult for them with our fielding and bowling. Then when we batted we knocked it off professionally, can’t ask for much more than that.”