Tricky conditions unsettle Sutton

Sutton cricket club had a tricky start to the season
Sutton cricket club had a tricky start to the season
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Sutton started their campaign of the Liverpool and District Competition with a tricky home tie with Alder.

Due to overnight rain and damp conditions club captain Frost did not hesitate to insert the opposition on winning the toss, a decision that was justified in the first hour of play.

The Sutton attack of Campbell, Dodd and J Greener proved too accurate for the Alder top order as they restricted them to 45 for 6 off 24 overs.

A partnership between Conlan and Clayton restored some respectability to the Alder total before Campbell (3/27) and J Greener (4/21) returned to complete the innings with the score on 131 off 54.5 overs.

In reply, Sutton where looking for a solid start to set the foundations of a confident run chase, something which evaded them last season and has carried into this season with the first four wickets down for less than 50 on the board.

Only G Greener (47) got to grips with Alder attack and when he was caught at deep square with the score on 79 for 5 all hopes were left with York to carry the team home.

Unfortunately, despite a patient innings York was the last man out, run out for 28 trying to regain the strike with Sutton falling 20 runs short on 111 off just 32.2 overs.

The first team will be looking to improve on their first performance of the season with an away trip to Birkenhead St Marys.

The second XI gained all 25 points without bowling a ball as struggling Crosby club Hightown failed to field a team.

The Sunday XI began their reign of the West Lancs League Title with a comfortable 145 run victory over Preston. Adam Onion scored a century as Sutton finished on 195 in their 40 overs. In reply Preston was dismissed for 50 in 28 overs.