County League: Egerton Park turn up heat on leaders Leicester Ivanhoe

Egerton Park First XI, from left, back - Mitchell Ellis, Jordan Woolcock, Tom Glover, Stuart Rose, Charlie Madden, Richard Bailey, Harry Wells; front - Kamal Panchal, Nick Watchorn, Richard Haffenden, Nick Newman. EMN-170620-110404002
Egerton Park First XI, from left, back - Mitchell Ellis, Jordan Woolcock, Tom Glover, Stuart Rose, Charlie Madden, Richard Bailey, Harry Wells; front - Kamal Panchal, Nick Watchorn, Richard Haffenden, Nick Newman. EMN-170620-110404002

Egerton Park moved to within six points of Division Two leaders Ivanhoe after powering their way to a fourth win in five matches on Saturday.

Their four-wicket win at Broomleys kept park in third, but just a point behind second-placed Electricity Sports following a good all-round performance.

Winning the toss again, skipper Charlie Madden opted to bowl first and the visitors started well with Nick Watchorn trapping Broomleys overseas opener lbw with the first ball of the game.

Fortunes would change though as an 89-run second-wicket partnership helped Broomleys to 123-3 at drinks.

But the game turned again as Australian cricketer Mitch Ellis (4 for 51), Nick Newman (2 for 54) and 15-year-old Alex Barber (2 for 2) bowled the home side out for 181.

With half the job done, Park looked for a quick start, but lost the wicket of Stuart Rose early on.

But like Broomleys, Panchal (30) and Glover (55) put on a brilliant second-wicket stand of 96 which looked to have taken the game away from the hosts.

A few quick wickets brought them back into the game, but man-of-the-match Ellis had other ideas.

The Australian sent the ball to the ropes on regular occasions, finally finishing unbeaten on 48 as he steered his side to a 25-point haul.

On Saturday, Park face an important match as they host fourth-placed Kirkby Muxloe (1pm start).

Broomleys: 181.

Bowling: N. Watchorn 4-0-28-1; T. Glover 4-0-30-0; M. Ellis 12-1-51-4; N. Newman 12-0-54-2; C. Madden 4-1-14-1; A. Barber 3.3-2-2-2.

Park: S. Rose 0, K. Panchal 30, T. Glover 55, C. Madden 10, N. Newman 5, M. Ellis 48*, H. Newton 6, R. Haffenden 10*, Extras 18. Total: 182-6.