Mark Evans stars in Knighton-on-Teme to a 97-run victory over Strollers in GB Liners Marches League Division Three (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Mark Evans stars in Knighton-on-Teme to a 97-run victory over Strollers in GB Liners Marches League Division Three
3:00pm Friday 16th August 2013 in Sport
MARK Evans’ second consecutive man-of-the-match performance lifted Knighton- on-Teme to a 97-run victory over Strollers in the GB Liners Marches League Division Three.
Having top-scored with 68, Evans cut through the Strollers batting line-up, taking 5-24 as third-placed Knighton finished off their opposition for just 93.
Evans got help with the bat from a quick 50 from opener Matthew James and 24 apiece from Richard Grosvenor and John Humphries.
“We wanted to get at them,” said club spokesman Dave Pullen.
“They beat us by seven wickets when they were top of the table and we wanted revenge.”
The win keeps Knighton in contention for promotion, but Pullen added that, if his side finish in the top two in their maiden year in the Marches Leagues, they may opt not to go up.
Losing ground in their own promotion race, Ludlow 3rd fell to a three-wicket defeat against Hodnet and Peplow in Shropshire County League Division Four – despite a super sixwicket haul from Edward Rayen.
Rob Genner (86) scored the bulk of Ludlow’s total, but his bowlers were unable to contain Hodnet, whose batsmen chipped away at the lead reaching 171 with six overs to spare.
Ludlow 4th (136-6) notched a four-wicket win over Bishops Castle 2nd in 2nd XI Division Three, seen home as Simon Miles (50 not out) carried his bat.
Miles’ partnerships with Will Armitage proved to be the difference – the pair putting on a 71-run stand for the fifth wicket, having taken all five wickets to fall in the Castle innings, Armitage finishing with 3-30, Miles with 2-21.
In Division Two, Corvedale lost their mid-table clash with Bishops Castle despite good first innings bowling from Brian Williams (4-31) and Edward Riley (3-26).
Corvedale fell 10 runs short, giving up their last five wickets for just 18 runs as their tail collapsed.
In Worcestershire League Division Four, Cleobury Mortimer made light work of Old Hill 3rd’s total of 147, in large part due to 88no from Ben Griffiths.
David Leach (3-49) led the bowling as Cleobury hold on to the second promotion spot.
Sam Evans’ 5-45 couldn’t save Cleobury 2nd from a 26-run defeat by Stouport 4th.
Chasing 186, 40 from opener Jared Reid and 38 from number four Alex Howman put Cleobury in a strong position, before Stourport’s Adam Sellick picked up his own five-for, skittling the middle order.