TWO COUNTIES CRICKET
Exning 206-9 lost to
by four wickets
Worlington continued their march towards Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Cricket Championship Division One with a derby-day victory.
A vastly understrength side did enough to beat local rivals Exning by four wickets with eight balls to spare.
Kent Tomsett (64) and Peter Woods (39) put together an opening stand of 96, but with his first ball after the break, Graham Ford snaffled a hard-hit return catch to see the end of Tomsett.
Carl Manels, Paul Marston and Ziaf Kulasi kept the visitors’ scoring rate well within the bounds of being attainable, despite the efforts of Tim Catley (32) and Ollie Lawson (22).
Manels took 3-55 and Kulasi 5-36 to restrict Exning to 206-9.
In reply, Graham Ford departed lbw to Daniel Baigent with the score on just 18, but Worlington captain Richard Ford was joined by Chris Baugh to take the score to 64 before the skipper gently hit a delivery from Simon Lawson straight to Simon Allen on the mid-wicket boundary.
Lawson (4-68) engineered a slump from 64-1 to 92-4 in the space of 12 overs, but Baugh moved serenely on to an undefeated century and was given support by Kulasi (27), Steve Grinling and Manels.
n Worlington II’s title hopes in Division Eight West were dented by an eight-wicket defeat at Battisford, despite scores from Graham Downey (22no), Barry Bowens (20) and Matt Peachey (15), as well as 2-18 for Jonno Peachey.
n Exning’s Sunday side defeated Sudbury II by 108 runs in Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division Three, with Simon Allen (86), Nicholas Lomas (40), Ian Turner (33no) and 13-year-old Tom Addison (4-28) all starring.
n Worlington Academy lost by three wickets at Elveden in Division Five.
Jonno Peachey (60), Oliver Vaughan (48) and Thomas Baugh (43) guided Worlington to 199-6, but Thomas Baugh’s 4-11 could not stop Elveden.