Marko skipper reflects on a superb start

Brian Makwana batting for Market Overton against Nassington'Photo: Geoff Atton
Brian Makwana batting for Market Overton against Nassington'Photo: Geoff Atton
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Market Overton’s superb start to the season has even surprised their skipper Paul Thwaites, he admitted after his side’s latest win on Sunday.

Expectations are rapidly rising at the cricket club, which was relegated to the second tier of the Rutland League last year but has won five of its six opening games this season.

Marko crushed Market Deeping by eight wickets last weekend,opening up a wide lead at the top of the table ahead of their rest week and their skipper was in a buoyant mood this week.

“We wanted to maintain our division two status this season,” said Thwaites. “But the way we are going we have a taste for winning.

“Whether we can keep it up, who knows, but the only game that we have lost - at Uppingham - we should have won. We threw it away.”

Marko cruised to victory against Deeping last Sunday.

John McDougall struck an unbeaten 50 that included two sixes for Deeping but otherwise the Rutlanders had the measure of the opposition batsmen dismissing the visitors for 100 with three of the visitors’ top order returning to the pavilion for single figures.

Brian Makwana took two wickets for five runs off eight overs while Mark Hudson collected four for 33 from his dozen overs.

Marko never looked in danger of falling short with the bat.

Opener Ollie Monks struck 27no and Makwana added 46no as Marko cruised past their target inside 19 overs.

Thwaites added: “We fielded well and took our catches.

“Mark bowled very well for four wickets. It is great to see as captain that we can turn to players like him.

“Paul Learmonth took his first wicket and both Ollie and Brian batted really well.”

Market Overton’s next game is at home to third-placed Newborough on June 2.

“There’s a long way to go and people will be away with holidays. If we finish third or fourth it would still be a good year,” cautioned Thwaites.

l Market Overton 2nd XI lost to Whittlesey 2nd XI by 58 runs last weekend despite Matt Parnham taking seven wickets for 18 runs.

Whittlesey were dismissed for a modest 107 but with six players going for a duck and another for a single, Marko’s innings was all over in 23 overs for just 49 runs.