Egerton Park defeat Hinckley thanks to Hussain’s all-round heroics

Melton's Lee Freer sends one to the boundary watched by Langtons wickie Mark Wood. EMN-150707-120628002

Melton's Lee Freer sends one to the boundary watched by Langtons wickie Mark Wood. EMN-150707-120628002

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Having failed to get across the line in previous weeks, Egerton Park rediscovered the winning formula against newly-promoted Hinckley on Saturday.

For once a good performance reaped its rewards as the home side claimed a maximum 30-point haul.

Losing the toss, Egerton Park were asked to bat first which looked a good decision when both openers fell cheaply as the hosts were reduced to 22-2 in the eighth over.

The next wicket came 25 overs later as Zaheer Hussain (89) and Tom Glover (79) put on 147 for the third wicket to leave Park in control.

With a great foundation and wickets in hand, the home batsmen looked to be aggressive, but they pushed too hard in the pursuit of quick runs and lost regular wickets.

They were eventually bowled out for 229 with one ball left of their allotted 45 overs.

The momentum was with Hinckley and with Park perhaps disappointed with the final 10 overs of their innings, the hosts knew they had to start well.

Good, tight bowling restricted Hinckley’s scoring rate, but despite losing a couple of wickets, Hinckley looked capable of chasing down the total while captain York was at the crease.

York looked in good nick after he was dropped first ball and then edged through the slips with his second.

When he was finally lbw to Hussain, the wickets began to tumble, the Australian picking up 5 for 31 as Hinckley were reduced to 100-8 in the 25th over.

Some stern resistance from the visitors almost prevented Park from forcing the victory, but when Rastall was trapped leg before by Watchorn in the 43rd over, the celebrations began.

Egerton Park: S. Rose 13, R. Bailey 0, Z. Hussain 89, T. Glover 79, B. Simons 3, C. Madden 13, D. Burdett 7, K. Panchal 9, N. Watchorn 8*, H. Lovegrove 0, J. Barnard 2, Extras 6. Total: 229.

Hinckley: 138.

Bowling: K. Panchal 10-2-32-2; N. Watchorn 7.5-2-32-2; J. Barnard 7-2-23-0; Z. Hussain 11-3-31-5; T. Glover 7-3-20-1.