Title contenders are beaten by Barrowden

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Wakerley and Barrowden produced another stunning performance to beat second-placed Benefield in Division Seven of the Rutland League.

Benefield suffered their second defeat of the season at the hands of the Rutland side, who now move up to third place.

Put into bat, Barrowden made a good start with Jonny White making 19 before skying a catch to mid-on with the score on 34.

Sam Hodson joined skipper Chris White in the middle and the pair put on 76 for the second wicket as Barrowden took charge of the game.

Hodson was adjudged LBW for 29, while White moved past 50 as his recent form continued.

Tom Wilkins looked in good form with the bat until he was deceived by Lee for 11 before Matt Green fell to the same bowler for 10, leaving Barrowden stuttering at 164-4.

A stand of 27 between Chris and Bob White (12) put Barrowden back on top before the skipper fell for a fine 88, including nine fours and two sixes.

Barrowden closed their innings on 208-9, securing maximum batting points. Lee was the pick of the Benefield attack, finishing with 4-24 from 11 overs.

In reply, Benefield were stopped before they could get going as Jonny White bowled captain Duncan Homer for one in the third over.

Ironmonger made 12 before he chipped a catch to Shaun Cardell off Chris White, who bowled Lee for 0, leaving the visitors 37-3.

Wilkinson made 20 before he edged Jonny White to Matt Green, who took a good catch at second slip.

Robert Head made an aggressive 27 before Green pinned his off stump back and then bowled Lowesby first ball as Barrowden closed in on victory.

Glenn Moody picked up a wicket and Green another, before Sam Rees picked up the final wicket to bowl the visitors out for just 101, giving Barrowden a 107 run victory and take maximum points.

Green finished with figures of 3-25, Jonny White 2-21, Chris White 2-23, Moody 1-15 and Rees 1-2.

Barrowden captain Chris White said:“It was a fantastic performance from all the players and it shows what a bit of hard work and commitment can do.

“Benefield had lost one game all season and they were expecting to roll us over. But we stood up and showed them not to underestimate us.

“Other teams have done it this year, and paid the price too, so it was good to show one of the teams pushing for promotion how good we are.

“We batted well as a team and bowled and fielded fantastically, as we have all season. Jonny did the job for us early on, and Matt Green was brilliant, picking up wickets when we needed them.

“There’s a very good mood within the team at the moment and I hope it continues.”