Opening century partnership leads Exning to a vital victory

MARSHALL HATCHICK

TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION TWO

Sudbury II 188-6 lost to

Exning 190-1

by nine wickets

An opening partnership of 114 from Ben Atkinson and Daniel Baigent helped Exning secure a vital win to climb out of the Division Two relegation zone.

In view of both teams being positioned near the bottom of the table, there was some urgency to get the game on despite the effects of the rain on the pitch during the previous 24 hours.

The hosts won the toss and chose to bat first, with openers Peter Siegert (25) and Jay Phillips (53) putting together 79 runs for the first wicket before the former was caught and bowled by Simon Lawson (1-65).

Ollie Lawson (3-48) claimed the first of three victims with the dismissal of Jack Backler for LBW, with Phillips and Steve Witham (29) soon departing to leave Sudbury on 129-4.

With only 11 overs of the innings remaining, Will Shropshire (31 not out) and Ben Taylor (25) added 48 runs to the score, before Seb Lawson ended the partnership by removing Taylor.

Adam Clark was the next to follow as Lawson (2-34) claimed two wickets to reduce the hosts to 188-6.

Exning made an excellent start to the run chase with an opening partnership of 114 from just 15 overs between Atkinson and Baigent.

Atkinson hit six fours and four sixes before leaving for 58 after being caught by Andy Simmons from the bowling of Jack Backler (1-37).

Tim Catley came into the crease and accustomed himself to the pace of the pitch, finishing on 38 not out, while Baigent closed on an unbeaten 82 as Exning reached the target with nine wickets to spare.

n In Division Eight West, half-centuries from Andrew Longfield and Oakley Colby helped Exning II to a 127-run victory over Stradbroke Vikings.

Longfield and Colby opened the Exning innings and brought up their 100 partnership in the 21st over, before the former was bowled for 58.

Vince Colby joined his son at the crease after Kris Judge’s (14) dismissal, with a third wicket stand of 71 in just nine overs edging the hosts to a large score.

Oakley Colby was caught for an entertaining 89, while Vince Colby’s brisk 44 took Exning to 232-5 before a flurry of wickets saw them finish all out for 263.

Alfie Young (1-17) and Max Flintoft (1-19) both found early success in the Stradbroke innings, before Oakley Colby (3-3) destroyed any thoughts the visitors might of had about completing the run chase.

After being reduced to 70-5, Stradbroke slumped further behind as Josh King (2-22) and Reuben Handy (1-44) took wickets to help Exning secure victory by 127 runs.