Grantham and Melton Criket Association round-up

Egerton Park Sunday XI are on course for promotion to the top flight. From left, back ' Jordan Woolcock, Dave Burdett, Charlie Madden, Scott Mooney, Kamal Panchal, Tom Barnard; front ' Alex Barker, Tom Mold, Jacob Bates, Zaheer Hussain EMN-150722-131331002
Egerton Park Sunday XI are on course for promotion to the top flight. From left, back ' Jordan Woolcock, Dave Burdett, Charlie Madden, Scott Mooney, Kamal Panchal, Tom Barnard; front ' Alex Barker, Tom Mold, Jacob Bates, Zaheer Hussain EMN-150722-131331002
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Croxton Kerrial closed in on the Division Three promotion places with a six-wicket victory at Harlaxton on Sunday.

Croxton are six points adrift of second-placed Thorpe Arnold, and 17 points behind leaders Whissendine who were without a fixture on Sunday.

The visitors won the toss and electing to bowl, the opening combination of Nigel Howitt and Dave Crossland did the damage.

Howitt took his season’s best figures of 4 for 27, while Crossland claimed 3 for 59 as Harlaxton were bowled out for just 94.

Only Sharp made a serious contribution for the hosts, hitting a brutal 53 before he was the last man out.

The Croxton reply began well with Stephen Horner and Nigel Howitt taking the score to 30 before Horner was dismissed.

Despite a quick flurry of wickets, the visitors reached their modest total in the 23rd over with Chris Jeary and Ed Marsh seeing them over the line.

Over at Skillington, Lewis Perry hit an unbeaten 59, while Albert Grieve chipped in with 41 as Thorpe Arnold cruised to a nine-wicket win at Skillington who were earlier bowled out for a modest 139.

* Up in Division One, Queniborough boosted their own title chances with a stunning win at leaders Houghton-on-the-Hill.

The visitors were put into bat and restricted to 175 all out despite a half-century from Imran Manji (62).

But Houghton’s reply never got going and they were bowled out for just 86 inside 25 overs, sealing their second successive defeat.

Opening bowlers Asif May and Sarfarj Patel took three wickets apiece, while Manji wrapped up the innings with two late wickets.

The win moved third-placed Queniborough within four points of Houghton, while second-placed Belvoir’s result was yet to be confirmed at the time of going to press.

* Egerton Park maintained their lead in Division Two, but remain level on points with Queniborough Second XI after both teams enjoyed comfortable wins.

Park hosted mid-table Frisby, Hoby and Rotherby who won the toss and elected to bat.

The decision backfired as they were bowled out for 113, Andy Lacey top scoring in an innings where only three batsmen reached double figures.

Joe Barnard (3 for 21) and Kamal Panchal (2 for 25) removed the top order before Hedley Lovegrove (2 for 29) and Zaheer Hussain (3 for 29) finished things off.

Park opener Jacob Bates made 33 and Tom Glover an unbeaten 23 as Park eased home by five wickets despite David Iliffe’s 3 for 43.

Queniborough were even more convincing as Sam Payne hit 103, and Richard Lowe and Nilesh Patel made half-centuries in an imposing total of 277-3 at home to Ashby Carington Second XI.

Opener Sachin Turakhia made 34 in Ashby’s reply, but only Rob Woods (28) joined him in double figures as Ashby were swept aside for only 97.

Patel returned to haunt the visitors with the ball, taking 5 for 12 to seal an 180-run victory.

The result allowed Bottesford to leapfrog Ashby into third place, 24 points adrift of the promotion places after they squeezed past Syston Town by 11 runs.