County League: Barkby United Third XI go clear at top

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Barkby United Third XI went 15 points clear at the top of Division Eight East as they held their nerve to secure a 28-run win over Shree Sanatan.

The hosts put Barkby into bat and Moore and Tebbatt began steadily on a difficult pitch, with just four boundaries in the first 14 overs.

Moore fell for 20 to the slow leg spin of Jaimin, but Tebbatt went onto top score with 41, aided by Craig Holmes (17) and Jack Fox (25).

Lower order runs from Adam Cookson proved vital, making an unbeaten 32 as Barkby posted 166-9 from their 45 overs.

In reply, Cookson opened up with Lilley and induced plenty of false strokes, but Harry Coalville, on for Lilley, broke the deadlock with a short and wide delivery which the batsman cut straight to Fox at point.

Coalville made up for a dropped catch by removing the remaining opener, but it was Lilley’s return which would prove decisive, striking in his second over back and then swiftly following up with a second scalp.

The hosts pushed the scoring on quickly, scoring 25 in the next four overs until Lilley struck again.

A frustrated period followed with Shree taking 30 runs in seven overs as Shree cantered towards their target.

The introduction of man-of-the-match Fox was key, capping some disciplined bowling with the big breakthrough.

He and Lilley (5 for 43) cleaned up the tail with the final four batsmen all failing to score as Shree were bowled out for 138.