County League Premier: Thorpe Arnold and Kegworth play out stalemate

Myles Hickman has opened the County League season with twqo half centuries EMN-150428-093328002

Myles Hickman has opened the County League season with twqo half centuries EMN-150428-093328002

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Thorpe skipper Jake Gillett won the toss for the first time since 2013 and had a bowl at Kegworth.

Despite Christie bowling well early on and picking up a wicket, Kegworth dominated much of the first half of the game.

Four rain breaks in the first innings shortened the game to 47 overs per side and left Thorpe bowling with a ball that resembled a bar of soap.

Kegworth rattled up 322-4 on what remained a good pitch with Soames making 67 for the home side, Moorhouse adding 91 and South African Lewis making 98 not out.

Christie took 1 for 27 and deserved more, while there were first Premier League wickets for both Exton and Ross, plus a run out from Gillett.

Thorpe again lost Exton early, caught behind after misjudging a leave, but his opening partner Renwick batted well for his 43.

Gillett joined Renwick and the pair added 135 for the second wicket before Renwick fell lbw to Holmes.

Hickman arrived at the crease and he and Gillett once again shared a big partnership, adding an unbroken 93 to leave Thorpe finishing up on 233-2 and taking full batting points.

Hickman finished with a boundary-laden 59 not out while skipper Gillett finished unbeaten on 86.

A good batting display left Thorpe taking right points from a game where it could easily have been much fewer. They entertain Hinckley on Saturday (12.30pm start).

Kegworth: 322-4.

Bowling: Hickman 7-0-46-0; Christie 7-0-24-1; Ross 8-0-53-1; Starkey 6-0-32-0; Gillett 5-0-40-0; Exton 9-0-66-1; Clark 5-0-56-0.

Thorpe: Exton 5, Renwick 43, Gillett 86*, Hickman 59*, Extras 40. Total: 233-2.