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PAUL ROCKLIFFE S 58 not out helped Leverington carry on their winning ways with a home victory over The Creakes that cemented their second place in the West Norfolk Division Two. Leverington should have won the game easily but struggled to kill off their
PAUL ROCKLIFFE'S 58 not out helped Leverington carry on their winning ways with a home victory over The Creakes that cemented their second place in the West Norfolk Division Two.
Leverington should have won the game easily but struggled to kill off their opponents when they were in a great position.
Leverington lost the toss on a wet wicket and decided to dig in and keep wickets in hand hoping that the pitch would dry.
Shaun Sleight and Glynn Wilson opened the innings and were going at a rate of two runs an over for the first 15 overs.
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Once Wilson and Sleight were out, Leverington started to hit out with Rockliffe and Simon Gilbert increasing the run rate.
Once Gilbert (25), Stewart Cuthill went for a duck Leverington were struggling at 95-4 after 38 overs.
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Adam Fairbrother (18) and Rockliffe put together a partnership that took the score to 150 in the 45th over when Fairbrother was caught and the hosts finished on 154-5.
James Barnard, playing his first game of the season, took two quick wickets as Leverington looked to get full bowling points.
The Creakes then dug in and started to push the runs along and Leverington needed a break through.
Eventually Leverington got a wicket when Fairbrother hit the stumps from mid on.
Leverington then missed the chance to finish off the game as The Creakes lost wickets but still went for the win and Paul Matthews batted well for 71 and need 10 off the last over but Damien Allen bowled his best over of the game and only went for four runs.
Wayne Stimpson took three wickets and Damien Allen and Mark Godfrey, one each.
Wisbech Town first team came just 10 runs short in their Tucker Gardner Division One match against Granta seconds, despite a fine 68 not out from the in-form James Williams.
Visitors Granta notched up 210-8.
Williams took 2-57, Brad Apted took 2-25, Craig Johnson took 2-24 and Ben Allsop and Mark Sheppard grabbed a wicket each for Wisbech.
Williams was well assisted by David Boniface (38), David Wood (20) and Allsop (22) but no other home batsman reached double figures.
Nassington second team bowler Steve Masterson made light work of Wisbech second's batting order, taking 6-29 to give his side a comfortable Hunts Division Two victory.
Hosts Nassington batted first, reaching 179 all out.
Matthew Parrin jnr was Wisbech's chief wicket-taker with 3-38 and Lydon Waters also impressed with 2-18.
But Adrian Clare (30) and Paul Strickle (22) were the only Wisbech batsmen able to make any impact as they were all out for 109.
Despite a half-century from Lee Peck (51) Wisbech third team came three runs short of their 200 target set by Beetley in their West Norfolk Division Three clash.
G Hinchcliffe smashed 70 runs for visiting Beetley, who finished on 200-5.
Zak Brown took 2-43 and Paul Strickle and John Mallett took a wicket each.
Matt Esser (23), Adrian Peck (29) and Gary Alexander (27) added to Lee Peck's effort but Wisbech were all out for 198.
Nick Pack took 3-22 for Wisbech fourth team but a poor batting performance saw them lose their West Norfolk Division Four match at Hospital by 26 runs.
M Madayala scored 59 for the hosts who reached 147-7.
But James Sheppard was Wisbech's top scorer with 24 runs as they came up woefully short.
Keith Jackings was a rare highlight for Wisbech's second Sunday side, hitting 49 not out, but it took St. Ives just 21.3 overs to get them all out for 101 in Sunday's Fenland League match.
Sam Darlow was Wisbech's only wicket-taker, finishing on 1-7, as St. Ives finished on 104-1.