Empingham and Whissendine cruise to big victories

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Olly Elson led the way with bat and ball as Empingham CC returned to winning ways with comfortable victory against Barkby on Sunday.

The Exton Road side were rarely tested as they cruised home with eight wickets in hand.

It was the second time that the teams had met at Exton Road this season as the visitors, Barkby, had to reverse the fixture due to club commitments. This resulted in a number of first team players being unavailable but Barkby’s youngsters played with gusto, batting first and displaying good technique as they put on 60 before Elson struck with his first of four scalps.

Empingham lacked their usual ruthless panache in the field, maybe wilting in the searing heat, but Elson’s spell still finished with fantastic figures of 4 for 16 off 10 overs. He was well supported by Dillan Mistry and Baz Sharpe as Barkby ended on 159 for 7 from 40 overs.

Empingham were emphatic in their reply. Elson, rewarded for his great spell, was promoted from number 11 to open the batting and soon started to score freely.

Mark Coburn was dismissed early but Sharpe’s quick 22 got the scoreboard rolling before he was clean bowled.

Their loss only served to bring Tom “Guns” Cooper to the crease and he lived up to his nickname with an array of sixes to all parts of the ground.

Cooper finished on 59no but final word went to Elson, whose 56no included a six off his final ball with Empingham reaching their total with plenty of overs to spare.

The victory lifts Empingham to third in the Grantham and District League first division.

In the second tier, Whissendine remain rooted to the foot of the table despite picking up their second win of the season on Sunday.

The Rutlanders beat Welby by a whopping 128 runs with Ben Edwards reaching 96 and Duncan Selmes 86 as Whissendine posted 250 for 5.

Both openers peppered the boundary with Selmes smashing 12 fours and 2 sixes and Edwards blasting 9 fours and 2 sixes. Chris Baes added 32 before retiring hurt.

Welby’s opening batsmen both reached double figures but the next seven all fell for single figures or a duck as Whissendine dismissed their hosts for 122 in 38 overs.

Selmes took 3 for 13 from 8 overs, and Jonathon Bates 3 for 13 off 5 overs.