County League: Madden stars as Egerton Park pressure promotion rivals

Charlie Madden made 148 as Egerton Park crushed bottom side Quorn on Saturday EMN-150109-114647002
Charlie Madden made 148 as Egerton Park crushed bottom side Quorn on Saturday EMN-150109-114647002
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Egerton Park kept up the pressure on second-placed Newbold Verdon with a 30-point haul at rock bottom Quorn on Saturday.

Skipper Nick Watchorn had no hesitation in batting first when the coin came down his way, but things got off to a difficult start as Park lost both openers cheaply. Out-of-form Tom Glover followed shortly after, reducing the visitors to 17-3.

But Park remained positive and showed what a quick scoring ground it was as they rattled along at seven-an-over for the first 10 overs.

Zaheer Hussain (44) just missed out on another half-century when he was bowled in the 24th over after sharing 121 with Charlie Madden for the fourth wicket.

Madden enjoyed some fortune early on when he was dropped which proved extremely costly as he batted with great maturity and control to secure his maiden century for the Melton side off 103 balls.

He finished unbeaten, two runs short of his 150, after striking 20 fours and a six. Dave Burdett and Nick Watchorn provided great support lower down the order with 98 runs coming off the last 10 overs.

Glover bowled very well as Quorn struggled in reply and was unlucky not to take more than two wickets in his nine-over spell which included six maidens.

Opening partner Watchorn benefited as took his second consecutive five-for, reducing the hosts to 49-7.

Josh Blunt’s leg spin secured a comprehensive victory and anticipation turned towards the Newbold result, as their rivals secured a narrow three-run victory against Hinckley.

Park go into Saturday’s fixture against Mountsorrel Castle 10 points behind Newbold with the two sides playing each other in the final game of the season.

Watchorn said: “It was a privilege to watch Maddo’s knock. He got a bit nervous in the 90s and his scoring slowed down, but after passing the milestone he never looked like getting out.

“I’m sure he would have scored a double hundred if time had allowed.”