Alconbury off to a Winning Start in Rutland League
The Rutland XI cruised to a comprehensive victory in their first game of 2017 campaign.
Alconbury’s Sunday Rutland XI got their 2017 campaign off to a flying start with a comprehensive win away at Long Sutton.
Winning the toss, captain Richard King elected to have a bat on a decent looking deck.
The opening pair of Fiaz and Riaz put on a promising start, with Riaz contributing 24 to the partnership before being caught off the bowling of Tom Sawyer.
Richard Ewing came in at 3, contributing 5 to the total with a deft flick through the vacant slips for 4.
Bilal, next man in, made an impressive 47 before being bowled by Callum John.
Fiaz then eventually fell for 67, bringing to a close a beautifully constructed innings- top scoring for Alconbury.
Charlie and Captain King came in and made 19 and 21 respectively, with Charlie making a 4 off a “dishy” reverse sweep, before
Abu made 20 with some superb cricket shots, including a couple of massive 6s (one of which went straight back down over the bowler out of the ground).
This rounded off our 45 overs, leaving Long Sutton needing 259 to win.
Alconbury’s opening bowlers of Charlie and Aaron toiled hard in the early overs but with no success (Aaron in particular having a catch dropped off his bowling behind the stumps).
Abu came on and took the wicket of the other opener – Sawyer – for 24.
Asif also came on and made an instant impact, taking the wickets of Phil Barnes (32) with his 3rd ball. After the openers had gone, the Long Sutton batting order failed to get going, and Asif dispatched Aaron John for 13 and Ellie Burton for a second ball duck.
Aaron’s luck soon changed, joining the party with the wicket of Beth Milnes, caught behind by King, much to the paceman’s delight.
Dominic then came on to begin his spell, and should’ve had a wicket off his third ball. Drawing the batsman into a shot down the offside, the ball went to King at 1st slip who had a couple of attempts at catching the ball before putting it down, in one of the most comical drops you’ll see all season.
King then atoned for his sins, as Dominic dismissed Long Sutton captain James Coote in the same way as his previous chance.
Charlie then picked up his first wickets of the season, first bowling Craig Milnes for 4 and then dismissing Callum John caught and bowled, also for 4.
Richard Ewing then wrapped things up by bowling Stephen Milnes for 9 with 3 balls left of the innings, and bringing to a close a game in which Alconbury were commanding.
Although a couple of dropped catches in the field (especially off Aaron’s bowling) and the fine pot starting off with a healthy balance, Alconbury have picked up where they left off from 2016, and will take the momentum forward to their next game at home to Nassington.