Harborough off and running after Hinckley win

Action from Market Harborough against Hinckley. Picture courtesy of Andrew Cooper
Action from Market Harborough against Hinckley. Picture courtesy of Andrew Cooper

Market Harborough collected their first win of the season as they beat Hinckley by 105 runs.

They opened their account for the new summer in Everards Leicestershire & Rutland League Premier Division thanks to an excellent bowling effort.

Kevin Innes, Josh Bott and Michael Pozerskis all picked up three wickets as Hinckley were dismissed for 135 in only 29.5 overs.

That came after a solid batting performance had earned them 240-6.

Joe Kendall was the leading light making 81 at the top of the order but new boy Tom Leonard gave good support with 64 and Innes contributed a handy 35 not out.

But while Harborough had plenty to cheer, the experience was the opposite for Kibworth.

They endured their first defeat since June last year when Loughborough edged a close encounter.

Sundeep Patel’s patient 87 had been the bedrock of Kibworth’s 205-9 in 50 overs.

And they looked like they had a good chance when Loughborough were 99-4.

However, Rishi Patel (46) and Charles Lowen (56) added 73 for the fifth wicket to all-but guide the visitors to victory.

Lutterworth had a frustrating afternoon when they were unable to bowl out Rothley Park.

Oliver Pickering and James Sykes both made 57 as they posted 251 all out in their innings.

But, despite three wickets for Nathan Welham, Lutterworth could not shift their opponents with openers Richard Williams (44) and Irfan Karim (83) providing stubborn resistance early 
on.

In Division Four East, Dunton Bassett got their first win of the season in dramatic style.

Playing against Houghton & Thurnby 2nd, they found themselves chasing 183-5 in a rain-affected game.

That score came from 35 overs – with James Thomas taking three wickets – before more rain saw Dunton’s allotted time reduced to 28 overs.

Dax Miller was out for 49 but Matt Weaver took on the role of match winner.

He made 64 not out but needed a cool head at the end.

Seven were needed from the last over it came down to one required off one ball.

Weaver held his nerve to take Dunton to victory by five wickets.