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Blunt Barton struggle to take wickets at Spondon

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 04, 2014

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BARTON lost at Spondon 2nds despite making good early progress in the Division Four South clash.

Early wickets for Leah Kellogg (2-47) were countered by Barton with runs from Rauf Muhammad (41) and Nick Cheatle (63) at Locko Road.

But Spondon hit back through Jack Hurst (3-69) and Dean Vickers (4-27) and Barton had to settle for what turned out to be a below-par 211 all out.

Spondon had 48 overs at their disposal after the interval but they romped home in just 44 thanks to opener Adam Fisher (101no).

Matt Archer (41) and Rob Mountney (29) provided excellent support and only Ben Jackson (1-28) had any success with the ball for Barton.

The final margin of victory was seven wickets but Barton remain in fifth place despite the setback.

LEADERS Abbots Bromley were surprisingly beaten by early-season strugglers Melbourne Town who comfortably overhauled a modest Bromley total of 168 to record a three-wicket win.

Alex Slater (4-34) and Matt Briers (3-54) did the damage as the hosts slipped to 98-7 before a Darren Yeomans inspired recovery at least gave Bromley something to bowl at.

Yeomans hit an excellent 84 off just 113 balls, cracking four sixes and five fours in the process.

After tea, James Stevenson (5-42) reduced the visitors to a shaky 38-3 but Slater (32) stopped the rot, adding a vital 61 for the fourth wicket with Mark Rossi.

Back came Bromley through Oliver Roberts (2-49), and further wickets for Stevenson, and Melbourne slipped to 111-6 but Briers (43) combined with Kev Meakin (16no) to bring the scores level.

Roberts got one through Briers’ defences with the scoreboard unmoved, but it was already too late.

TICKNALL 2NDS took closer order in third place following an easy win over lowly Dunstall 2nds at Deer Park.

Charlie Bee grabbed a superb 6-14 for Ticknall and Dunstall had no answer.

The hosts slumped to 101 all out in 37 overs and it was a simple task for the visitors after the break.

They needed just 20.3 overs to wrap up the win, David Oppenheimer unbeaten at the close on 39.

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