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Division 2

EGERTON PARK v LANGTONS

Match Drawn

Just minutes before this game, large part of the Egerton Park square was under water after heavy rain on Saturday morning.

But a monumental effort by club members and supporters, using buckets, squeegees and brushes, got the pitch into a playable state, with the help of a strong breeze.

The match started with a delay of just 70 minutes.

Langtons won the toss and batted with the game reduced to 35 overs a side.

They batted postively as they often do and with some powerful striking and swift running between the wickets they posted 255-4.

In reply, needing 7.3 runs per over, Park rejigged the order and replaced both openers with Hussain and big-hitting Dave Burdett.

The visitors unusually opened the bowling with spin. Burdett fell for 18 after a couple of boundaries earlier in the over before Tom Glover (54) joined Zaheer Hussain (74) for a 115-run partnership.

Park were always behind the required rate and as they looked to force the pace they lost a few wickets and the game petered out to a draw, the hosts scoring 176-4.

Premier Division

BARKBY UNITED v HINCKLEY

Barkby won by 207 runs

A first-wicket partnership of 179 byFlowers and Boyce set up this massive victory for Barkby.

Members pitched in to make the ground playable after morning showers but both teams were restricted to 40 overs apiece.

After that brilliant start by the openers, Flowers was frist to depart, going to a brilliant caught-and-bowled for a superb 94.

Kirk went for a duck and the Boyce was out for an excellent 75 when he swept in the air to deep cover.

As wickets fell towards the end of the innings, Percy and Drake both contributed useful 23s to help hoist the total to 276.

Hinckley struggled in reply with Kirk (3-24) and 18-year-old Fazakerley (3-11) impressive the ball in hand.

The visitors never got going and they were eventually shot out for just 69, Hinchliffe claiming 2-8 towards the end of the innings.

Division 4 Central

QUORN v QUENIBOROUGH

Queniborough won by 6 wickets

A half-century by Taufiq Patel (56) set up this comfortable win for Queniborough.

Replying to Quorn’s 159, they romped home with opener Hashim Laher making 44.

Earlier in the Quorn innings, Mohammed Shakeel Patel claimed 4-27 and Riwan Mangera returned figures of 2-39.

Division 10 East

BARKBY 3RDS v FLECKNEY 2NDS

Barkby 3rds won by 51 runs

Barkby 3rds kept up their 100 per cent record with this low-scoring win.

With overs reduced after rain Barkby were inserted and wickets began to tumble at regular intervals.

Skipper Mike Lilly (12) and Derek Turner (29) chipped in with useful runs and a late 28 by Nitish helped get the team up to a 118 total.

Smithard helped build pressure when Fleckney 2nds replied, claiming 3-21 in his spell.

Amit Barchha returned 4-23 from 10 overs and Jack Fox 2-4 as Fleckney slumped to 67 all out.