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Derby delight for Easton-on-the-Hill

Burghley Park 2nds v Easton-on-the-Hill. Photo: Alan Walters (2809046)
Burghley Park 2nds v Easton-on-the-Hill. Photo: Alan Walters (2809046)

Burghley Park lost ground on the leading lights in Division One of the Hunts League after a six-wicket loss on Saturday at Orton Park who edged home with three balls to spare.

Chris Armstrong had led the Burghley batting with an unbeaten 85 as Park posted 222-4 from 45 overs. He was given solid support from Barry Hancock (55) and George Holmes (46).

Michael Jones then took three top order Orton wickets cheaply to return 3-36 from his 10 overs.

However, opener Gavin Meichan anchored the home innings with 76 before Tom Wilkin (53no) and Hamish Meichan (40no) saw the hosts home as the latter smashed a six off the final over to secure victory with just three balls remaining.

Barnack are rising up the Division Two rankings after they recorded a narrow six-run home success over Blunham 2nds.

They made 206-7 from their 45 overs with an unbeaten 61 from Nick Rushton the highlight of their innings.

Tahseen Ahmed (26), Nadeem Mohammed (33) and Graeme Walsh (43) were also in decent form to boost the Barnack batting.

Tahir Ali took a couple of early wickets to disrupt the Blunham reply as he returned 3-26 from his 10-over spell.

Martin Sadler (38) and Paul Barden (55) brought Blunham back into the game, but Rushton and Sharoz Hassain picked up a couple of crucial wickets each.

Simon Ackroyd and Daniel Jones looked to have moved Blunham closer to the winning post, but the former was run out for 13 with Pervez Iqbal then helping to dismiss the latter for 14 to ensure Barnack were triumphant.

Easton-on-the-Hill were 31-run winners over Burghley Park 2nds in their Division Four derby.

Opener Tyler Sculthorpe struck 85 to help Easton post 238-9 from their 45 overs.

Vital contributions also came from Ashley Townsend (24) and Nick Mainstone (21) while Charlie Sculthorpe (13no) and Nialls Guinness (4no) grabbed some crucial runs for the final wicket.

The Easton total was also boosted by Burghley conceding 51 extras which included 21 byes and 20 wides.

Nick Yates was the mainstay of the Burghley reply as he top-scored with 90 as they were dismissed for 207.

Yates was eventually bowled by David White who took 4-55 from 10 overs to ensure Easton were victorious.

Rob Willson also made 22 for Burghley while Mainstone followed up his 21 runs by taking 2-28 from 10 overs.

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