Thorpe Arnold bowlers toil as Hinckley ease to victory

Thorpe Arnold opener Alex Renwick on his way to 61 against Hinckley EMN-150505-105758002

Thorpe Arnold opener Alex Renwick on his way to 61 against Hinckley EMN-150505-105758002

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Thorpe Arnold were left disappointed to pick up just five points after another strong batting display on Saturday.

Facing visitors Hinckley, the home side won the toss and decided to have a bat on a good pitch.

An early mix-up led to Exton being run out, an episode which put him flat on his back in the middle at one stage.

Gillett joined Renwick at the crease and the pair batted through to drinks without any further problems.

Gillett was the first to 50, his third in as many County League matches, and Renwick soon reached the milestone, his first-ever Premier Division half-century.

The pair added 174 for the second wicket before Renwick fell for a patient 61. Gillett then went on to complete his first century of the season, but lost Garner (5) and Ross (2) shortly after.

When the captain fell for a well-made 114, wickets began to fall as Thorpe had looked to set a big total.

Clark added 16 and Exton an unbeaten 10 as the home side posted 267-8, and despite feeling they should have made 20 or 30 more, the home side had tea in confident mood.

Hinckley began steadily with Craig Crowe watchful as Pepperdine and Christie bowled well without luck.

The home side built pressure and forced a run out when Garner fielded well in the covers, and Coddington was left short of his ground.

Patel came to the crease with Crowe and the pair never looked troubled.

Despite sticking to their guns, Thorpe were very rarely in the game when Crowe got going and he cruised to three figures, finishing 139 not out.

Patel also did damage from the other end, hitting some lusty blows in a fine unbeaten 70 to cap a nine-wicket win.

A trip to Barrow town awaits on Saturday on another notoriously good batting deck.

Thorpe: Exton 6, Renwick 61, Gillett 114, Garner 5, Ross 2, Clark 16, Randall 0, Starkey 7, Exton 10*, Christie 0*, Extras 46. Total: 267-8.

Hinckley: 271-1.

Bowling: Christie 10-3-42-0; Pepperdine 10-0-54-0; Starkey 10-0-88-0; Gillett 5-0-37-0; Exton 4-0-32-0; Clark 1-0-10-0.