Grantham and Melton Cricket round-up: Egerton Park on brink of promotion

Tom Glover at the crease in Egerton Park's top-of-the-table victory over Queniborough EMN-150818-185934002

Tom Glover at the crease in Egerton Park's top-of-the-table victory over Queniborough EMN-150818-185934002

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Egerton Park moved a step closer to promotion to the Grantham and Melton Association top flight when they beat Queniborough Seconds on Sunday.

Park regained top spot in Division Two with a 51-run win to establish an 11-point lead over Queniborough, who have a game in hand.

But more importantly the Melton side are now 49 points clear of third-placed Bottesford who beat bottom side Welby by 38 runs in a low-scoring affair.

Park skipper Kamal Panchal won the toss and batted first, a decision which may have looked hasty after he and felloe opener Jacob Bates were both out for ducks.

The home side were once again indebted to Zaheer Hussain who top scored with 64 and received good support from Tom Glover (32) and Tom Mold (36) as they posted 206-7 from their 40 overs.

Glover struck two early blows in Queniborough’s reply, and despite a resilient 43 from Richard Lowe, Hussain (4 for 31) and Connor Beeken (3 for 13) helped dismiss the visitors for 155 in 34 overs.

There was also a top-of-the-table clash in Division One as leaders Houghton-on-the-Hill blew challengers Belvoir away by seven wickets.

Having been put into bat, 10-man Belvoir were all out for just 84 in less than 29 overs, skipper Sam Penford and Tom Henderson top scoring with 22.

An unbeaten 42 in reply from Robbie Scudamore helped the hosts cruise to the target in just 22 overs.

Belvoir have a game in hand on Houghton, but trail by 22 points, while fourth-placed Queniborough could go top if they win their two games in hand on the leaders.

Asif May took an incredible 6 for 6 as Queniborough skittled Sileby for a measly 21 to seal a 266-run win.

Ashby Carington are also in the hunt in third as an unbeaten 84 from Martin Troop and a half-century from Alan Smith sealed an emphatic nine-wicket win over relegation-threatened Barkby United.

* With Thorpe Arnold fixtureless, Whissendine took full advantage to reduce the gap behind the leaders to just three points with two games to go.

Hosting third-placed Sholay, Mark Starkey’s 54 and innings of 33 from captain Matt Winn and Bobby Elsigood helped Whissendine reach 207 all out after losing the toss. Prakash Panchal was in the wickets again for the Melton team, taking 6 for 45.

But Sholay never recovered from a poor start to their chase as three wickets for Marcus Hurrell and Elsigood bowled the visitors out for 85 to seal an impressive 122-run win.

Sholay are now 29 points behind the leaders Thorpe, but still have two games in hand on both of the top two.