County League Division One: Egerton Park pipped by Mountsorrel Castle

Charlie Madden at the crease during Egerton Park's disappointing home defeat to Mountsorrel Castle EMN-150427-124223002
Charlie Madden at the crease during Egerton Park's disappointing home defeat to Mountsorrel Castle EMN-150427-124223002
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Mountsorrel travelled to Melton with 10 changes to the side which were bowled out for just 27 on the opening day of the season.

Park made only made change from the previous weekend’s convincing victory, Jordan Woolcock being replaced by newly-arrived overseas player Zaheer Hussain.

Park lost the toss again and were asked to bat first on a firm, but green wicket.

In the early exchanges the ball was doing a little bit and favoured the bowlers, but when Richard Bailey received a rank long-hop, he hit it straight to backward square leg who made no mistake with the catch.

The debutant was next to the crease and looked watchful as he tried to adjust to the typically English conditions, but Hussain was bowled for one.

Park were beginning to realise anyone in this division can beat anyone on their day.

Rose and Blunt soon followed and when Glover was run out on the last ball of the opening bowler’s over, the pressure was on.

Good resilience from Barney Simons gave park a chance of posting a competitive score, but with precious little support, they fell 40 or 50 runs short of a defendable total, all out for 109.

With 12 overs to be bowled before tea, the home side set themselves the target of taking three wickets during this period.

Kamal Panchal picked up two wickets, and with a run out and Nick Watchorn chipping in with another, the visitors went into to tea with four down.

Park sniffed an unlikely victory, but despite a further wicket from Panchal and two from the Aussie leg spinner Hussain, the hosts could not quite force the result.

Mountsorrel passed the total with three wickets to spare.

Egerton Park: S. Rose 34, R. Bailey 3, Z. Hussain 1, T. Glover 37, J. Blunt 0, C. Madden 9, B. Simons 8, K. Panchal 6, N. Watchorn 0, J. Barnard 2, R. Haffenden 1, Extras 8. Total: 109.

Mountsorrel: 110-7.