CRICKET: Belton Park miss out on chance to topple table-toppers
South Lincs & Border League
Long Sutton 107
Belton Park 63
Top-of-the-table Long Sutton continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 44 run victory in a low scoring game at Belton.
Asked to bat first on a slow wicket, Sutton were tied down by the accuracy of Rohan Perera (3-19) and were soon reduced to 21-3.
However, a middle order recovery led by John (31) and Stanway (20) stabilised the innings. Dan Reynolds (3-29) and James Ward (3-33), with the assistance of some excellent fielding, combined to remove the lower order and ensure Sutton’s total was manageable.
Sutton’s strong bowling attack was initially tamed as Reynolds (11) and a dogged Richard Cocks (14) put on 25 for the first wicket, until the canny flight of Simpson (5-21) tempted poor shot selection from too many of the top order.
Once the aggressive Stanway had finally removed Cocks and the dangerous Dan Turner (15), on his return to the club, he ran through the tail to finish with 5-32.
A lack of application from Belton’s batting cost them a golden opportunity to end Long Sutton’s winning run.