Empingham in their element

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FOR the second consecutive Sunday, Empingham overcame the elements to earn a victory and they are now the early leaders of the Grantham League’s second flight.

Captain Tom Cooper won the toss and inserted the visitors Welby, in a shortened 32 over game.

Tight bowling early on from the home side, put them on top. Freddie Turner (5 overs, 1 for 18) picked up an early wicket while the unluckiest bowler in the league Stu Naylor (8 overs, none for 22) bowled wonderfully, beating the edge on countless occasions.

After a couple of rain delays, during which the Empingham boys were able to showcase great haste in bringing on the covers, of which a Formula 1 team would be proud, Welby attempted to put the foot on the accelerator. However Rick Cooper (8 overs, 2 for 34) kept a brake on the run rate, by picking up two crucial wickets.

Dave Mckevitt also bowled well at the death picking up a wicket and keeping the target down to an achievable 140.

In reply, Empingham started steadily but were soon up with the rate.

Opener Freddie Turner saw off the early pressure and was able to form crucial partnerships with the beligerant Andy Larkin (26) and the cultured Tom Cooper (17).

After these two perished it was left to Turner and Denny 25 not out to seal the victory and Denny looked in fine fettle with some lusty blows.

Turner ended unbeaten on 55 and the win was secured with seven overs to spare.