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Barrowden picked up an impressive 7-wicket Rutland League victory away at Hampton on Sunday.

Skipper Chris White said: “This was one of our best all-round performances of the season.

“We bowled fantastically as a unit on a pitch that offered nothing for batsmen or bowlers and we were ruthless, we took every chance we were given.

“We had a great time on tour the week before and really clicked as a club again and it’s good to see that we’ve taken that onto the field.”

Having been put in the field, Barrowden started well with Chris White taking two wickets in three balls and, in partnership with Jonny White, restricted batsmen to singles in the early exchanges.

By drinks, both had picked up two wickets with Chris finishing his 12-over spell with on 2-23.

With the first ball after the break, Jonny picked up his third wicket and continued to rip through the Hampton middle order, picking up a fourth and fifth soon after.

Dale Howkins finished off the innings taking two wickets in two balls to continue his fine start to the season with the ball as Hampton closed on just 85 inside 32 overs.

Barrowden’s reply suffered two early blows as they lost Steve Chivers (0) and Howkins (1). However Marc Eldred and Hodson put Barrowden within sight of their lowly target, peppering the boundary (and the greenhouse over the wall) on several occasions.

Hodson was dismissed with just 25 required for victory but Eldred cleared the ropes twice in two balls - reaching his half century in the process - to see Barrowden to a maximum 20-point win with Jonny White not out at the other end.