Egerton Park secure Belvoir League title after play-off drama

Champions Egerton Park pictured with Justin Masters, of sponsors Browning Suzuki, at the Belvoir League Play-off EMN-150728-105519002
Champions Egerton Park pictured with Justin Masters, of sponsors Browning Suzuki, at the Belvoir League Play-off EMN-150728-105519002
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Limited over kings Egerton Park were crowned Belvoir League champions after scraping across the line in the division play-off on Monday evening.

The Melton side added to last week’s Salaman Cup victory by beating Grantham off the last ball at a soggy Thorpe Arnold as the two teams produced a fine advert for local cricket.

Belvoir League runners-up Grantham with Justin Masters from sponsors Browning Suzuki EMN-150728-105508002

Belvoir League runners-up Grantham with Justin Masters from sponsors Browning Suzuki EMN-150728-105508002

With the match starting in light rain, Barnard removed the dangerous Nurse in the first over as Grantham struggled.

Only D. Whapplington (24), M. Wing (18) and D. Ashley (10) got into double figures against excellent bowling from Josh Blunt (4 for 25).

He was backed up by Zaheer Hussain (2 for 19), Tom Glover (2 for 4) and Connor Beeken (1 for 3) as Grantham were bowled out for just 79.

Park started their reply steadily, but Grantham bowled and fielded exceptionally well.

After Stuart Rose fell to Stevenson for 22, the umpires took the teams off as the rain turned heavy.

Glover fell for 30 soon after the resumption as Grantham tightened the screw through J. Peck and Ashley.

And when Burdett (13) was removed, nine runs were still needed off as many balls.

Hussain was brilliantly run out with five required, and it was left to Blunt (7 not out) to clinch a six-wicket victory off the final ball.

League treasurer Mark Bullimore thanked both teams for completing the game in poor weather and all the spectators and scorer for braving the conditions.

He also praised Browning Suzuki for their continued sponsorship of the league, hosts Thorpe Arnold and, in particular, groundsman Richard Burton, as well as umpires Mel Picker and Darren Freeman for getting the game to a finish.

The man-of-the-match trophy was presented to Josh Blunt.