Egerton Park victory hopes blunted by docile pitch

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Egerton Park lost the toss and were asked to bat first as they visited struggling Houghton and Thurnby who came into the game on the back of two morale-boosting results.

The easy-paced wicket offered precious little help to the bowlers with the exception of some slow turn.

Park lost Stuart Rose early, but recovered with a century partnership between Richard Bailey (62) and Zaheer Hussain.

Park’s overseas player also featured in the second century partnership of the innings as he and Tom Glover (52) put on 134 for the third wicket.

Hussain was finally caught and bowled in the last over for a fine 111, off 125 balls with 13 fours, as Park completed their 45 overs on 251-4.

The visitors made a good start in the field with some good tight bowling and were unlucky to only pick up one wicket before the new ball stopped swinging.

Hussain and Josh Blunt picked up three wickets apiece as Park desperately tried to manufacture wickets on the docile track.

But Houghton were always behind the required run rate and, despite some good batting from the home side’s youngsters, neither team could conjure up a victory.

Park took the majority of the points on offer in a winning draw.

Egerton Park: S. Rose 3, R. Bailey 62, Z. Hussain 111, T. Glover 52, B. Simons 3*, C. Madden 4*, Extras 16. Total: 251-4.

Houghton and Thurnby: 227-8.

Bowling: K. Panchal 6-1-29-0; N. Watchorn 8-1-42-1; Z. Hussain 12-2-43-3; J. Blunt 12-2-61-3; T. Glover 3-0-17-1; J. Barnard 4-0-23-0.