Watson keeps up impressive form in big Worly victory

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MARSHALL HATCHICK

TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION ONE

Worlington 315-4 beat Braintree 126-9

by 189 runs

Jimmy Watson made it back-to-back centuries as Worlington thrashed Braintree to extend their unbeaten run to five matches.

Losing the toss, Worlington were asked to bat first and were two down inside the first six overs.

But, the in-form Watson was then joined by Sean Cooper and the pair took Worlington beyond 50 before the latter was bowled for 17.

Graham Ford was next in and, together with Watson, put Worlington firmly back in control, posting a 202-run stand before Watson was run out for 153.

Ford, meanwhile, posted a season’s best 85.

The away side’s reply fell apart when, from a position of 42-1, they found themselves 63-7 and could not recover.

Cooper was the pick of the Worlington bowlers, ending with figures of 4-20.

n Worlington II’s trip to Eight Ash Green was abandoned due to the wet conditions.

The visitors were dismissed for 128, while Eight Ash Green were 46-3 in reply when rain stopped play.

n Fordham lost by a margin of 102 runs at home to Ufford Park.

A century from Andy Larkin (136), an unbeaten 61 from Ahid Javed and Tom Hart’s 41 enabled the visitors to score 311-4 from their 40 overs.

Fordham responded well with Tom Williams making 55 and four other players losing their wickets in the 20s.

There were partnerships of 49 between Matt Foulds (26) and Williams and another for the ninth wicket involving Mike Spreadborough (24) and Jason Harding (23no), but the hosts were still fell short of the target.

n Fordham II lost by five wickets away at Cambourne, despite knocks of 97 and 53 from Chris Rule and Jordan Theobald respectively.