Grantham and Melton Cricket Association: Ashby Carington pip Belvoir in table-top clash

Croxton's dangerous opener Anthony Richardson at the crease during their top-of-the-table clash with Whissendine EMN-150527-115429002
Croxton's dangerous opener Anthony Richardson at the crease during their top-of-the-table clash with Whissendine EMN-150527-115429002
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The top of Division One tightened as Ashby Carington inflicted a first Sunday League defeat of the season on Belvoir.

Belvoir remained top, but Ashby closed within a point as half-centuries from Martin Troop and John Ainsworth laid the foundations for a tight nine-run victory. Greg Oldfield’s 74 proved in vain as the visitors were bowled out for 194 with three balls of their innings remaining.

Houghton moved four points behind the leaders with a four-wicket home win against struggling Barkby, and Sproxton remain winless and bottom after defeat to fifth-placed Empingham.

In Division Two, with leaders Egerton Park not in action, the Second XIs of Ashby Carington Second Xi and Queniborough took advantage.

Ashby closed within four points of Park as 72 from Keran Turakhia eased them to a seven-wicket win at Welby, while Queniborough are a point further adrift in third after their six-wicket derby win at Syston Town.

Whissendine leapfrogged Croxton Kerrial into top spot in Division Three after beating their nearest rivals in the top-of-the-table clash.

Two wickets apiece for Chris Bates, Nathan Sunderland and Ken Vickers helped bowl the visitors out for 133 before openers Matt Winn and Mark Childs set Whissendine on the road to a comfortable five-wicket win.