Egerton Park bounce back with Houghton and Thurnby win

Egerton Park bounced back from their derby defeat with a convincing victory at home to Houghton and Thurnby Seconds.

Park were asked to bat first and started positively, scoring 56 when they lost their first wicket in the 11th over, Rose caught in the gully for 32.

Rich Bailey looked in good touch, but when he was bowled two overs later it prompted a mini collapse as Park were reduced to 111-6.

With Tom Glover still at the crease, a competitive total was always possible, and Jordan Woolcock played a brief cameo of 23, 17 coming off one over.

Glover continued to bat with apparent ease and regularly cleared the boundary until he was forced to retire hurt with a twisted knee on 78, and Park were forced to declare on 197-9 in the 41st over.

With the visitors needing 198 off 49 overs, the required run rate was a modest four an over.

Kamal Panchal and Joe Barnard bowled well first up and were unlucky only to pick up two wickets. Opener Scudamore batted well, but when he fell for 58 to the leg spin of Josh Blunt, Park began to believe.

Houghton’s weakened batting order were always a fraction behind the required rate and lost regular wickets as they began to feel the scoreboard pressure.

Hussain, Watchorn, Blunt and Panchal shared the wickets as victory was secured with the last ball of the 41st over, Hussain clean-bowling Patel.

Egerton Park: S. Rose 32, R. Bailey 24, Z. Hussain 7, T. Glover 78 ret hurt, J. Blunt 4, C. Madden 0, K. Panchal 2, J. Woolcock 23, N. Watchorn 0, R. Haffenden 9*, J. Barnard 2, Extras 16. Total: 197-9dec.

Houghton: 159.

Bowling: K. Panchal 7-1-31-2; J. Barnard 6-0-35-0; N. Watchorn 13-4-41-3; J. Blunt 10-2-37-2; Z. Hussain 5-0-12-3.

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