Leics County League: Thorpe Arnold bow to slick Market Harborough attack

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With seven games left Thorpe Arnold are more than 100 points adrift of safety and 60 behind second-bottom Kegworth after Saturday’s defeat at Market Harborough.

The visitors lost the toss and were asked to bat first against a very good bowling attack.

The pitch was tricky to bat on in patches throughout the day, but the home side really made the ball talk and made batting tricky for Thorpe.

Renwick was dismissed early, bowled by a beauty from Sadd, and Innes, one of the best on the county circuit, proved too good for Exton and Read who both fell fairly cheaply.

Once Clark was out lbw to Gordon, Thorpe were in big trouble at 38-4.

Gillett steadied the ship and looked to bat long, and he and Woods added a stand of 50-plus to take the score towards 100.

Woods was another lbw victim just before drinks and it was left to Gillett to marshall the lower order to some sort of total.

The captain passed 50 and had support from Grieve, Starkey and Exton who didn’t score many, but hung around to help Thorpe reach 141 all out with Gillett stranded on 64 not out.

For the first time in a while Thorpe took an early wicket as Christie had Mir caught brilliantly behind the pegs by Exton.

But that was to be Thorpe’s only success as the home side cruised to victory in the 27th over, losing just one wicket.

Starkey and Foldys bowled excellently at times without any luck, and Clark once again created the odd half-chance which wasn’t taken.

On Saturday, reigning champions Kibworth visit Thorpe as they look to defend their League title once again.