Stony Stratford Narrowly Defeated By Rushton
|Published: 6th September 2011 15:07|
Stony Stratford lost to Rushton by 3 wickets in a closely contested game at Ostlers Lane.
Mihir Choksi hit a fluent 46 in his side's 156 all out - a total that was never likely to be enough, but somewhat of a recovery from a position of 6 for 3.
Having lost the toss, the hosts did not use up their full allocation of over's, being bowled out in the 46th. Marc Jackson bowled with hostility and accuracy as he removed Pickles and Pretorius in the first over of the game before going on to claim 6 for 46.
Chris Swain provided some stubborn resistance before gloving a Jackson bouncer skyward to be caught for 37.
Rushton reached their target of 157 for the loss of 7 wickets, Avery claiming four and Ullah three in an impressive display.
Matthew Bell (33) chanced his arm early on and Kieran Pierce played sensibly for his 28. Avery's (4-29) first wicket sparked a middle order collapse as the visitors lost 5 wickets for the addition of just 22 runs. Armer and Hall saw Rushton over the line with an unbroken partnership of 48.
Stony's tally of nine points saw them narrowly extend their lead over fellow relegation battlers Burton Latimer, where Stony travel next week in a crunch relegation decider.
Elsewhere Stony Stratford's 2nd XI beat relegation bound Irchester.
After losing the toss to relegation rivals Irchester, Stony were promptly put into bat. Stony lost their first wicket in the 4th over with no runs on the board. Andy Preston and Prassanna Wijesinghe put on an 80 run partnership for the 2nd wicket, with the latter the more aggressive and flamboyant. Andy Preston finally fell for a resolute 13 in 22 overs. Prassanna continued to score freely for the majority of the innings finally falling for an impressive 115, younger brother Kevin provided ideal support adding 41. A flurry of big hits and wickets saw Stony's innings end on 210-7.
At tea Stony knew a win would all but guarantee another year in Division 2 of the NCL. Once again this season Andy Ellemore struck early, picking up 3 wickets in his first 4 overs; beating the batsman with genuine pace and swing. Irchester went down fighting, a belligerent 54 from Nathan McDonald gave the hosts something to cheer and at 83-3 were in the hunt. Andy Humphries' leg spin finally saw off the home team, ripping out the middle order to finish with match figures of 6-37; Irchester stumbling to 131 all out.
The 4th XI were unable to finish their season with a win and a possible shot at promotion in the FCCL but despite the loss to Olney Town they saw the season end with them finishing in 4th position and with the youngsters of the side showed a lot of promise for next year.
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