County League: Thorpe Arnold collapse at Hinckley

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Thorpe Arnold suffered another collapse at Hinckley to remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier Division.

Skipper Jake Gillett won the toss and chose to bowl first, but the hosts got off to a great start, passing 100 without loss.

The visitors weren’t helped when an early caught behind shout was turned down and a wicket off a no ball could have left Hinckley on 50-2.

The home side punished anything loose and there was plenty of it going around from the Thorpe bowlers.

Foldys was the stand-out bowler, taking 2 for 60 off his 10 overs, while Pepperdine again bowled well, but without luck.

The home side declared on 299 after 46 overs with five wickets down.

Thorpe’s chase needed to get off to a good start, but Exton was brilliantly stumped down the leg side for 10.

Gillett and Read added the biggest partnership of the innings worth nearly 100, but the visitors were always behind the rate despite the captain’s 52 off 63 balls.

Read dug in, but struggled to score freely and when he fell for 46 so did Thorpe.

A procession soon began as the visitors slipped from 128-2 to 160 all out.

Fifteen-year-old Albert Grieve was the only man to have impressed down the order with a brave 13 and appears to have a very bright future.