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Back-to-back centuries for classy Connor

     
       
   

ON WHAT was the hottest day of the year so far, the first XI’s home game against Sutton promised to be a fiery encounter and it certainly lived up to the expectations.

With not a cloud in the sky and the temperature exceeding 24 degrees, Sutton won the toss and opted to bat first on a wicket that looked like a batsman’s paradise.

Dixon and Murrey took the new cherry knowing that a good start was imperative and once again the two opening bowlers didn’t disappoint.

Dixon was the pick of the pair and it was him who would strike first. A ball that swung in and nipped away sent the opposition captain’s off stump cartwheeling, and he left the field looking rather perplexed. Dixon struck again shortly after with a smart caught and bowled, snatching a firmly hit straight drive much to the dismay of the batsman. The following over Dixon should have picked up his third wicket when the Sutton batsman clearly edged behind, however one can only assume that the Sutton umpire suffered from a momentary hearing impairment!

This would only add fuel to the fire and the Patrington bowling line-up proved far too much for the Sutton batsmen. The introduction of Craig Foster to the attack brought further success for Patrington, and he finished with figures of 2-37. However, it was Jacob Duffill who was the pick of the home bowlers. Jacob bowled a superb spell, snaring three wickets for only 14 runs from his nine overs, which saw some good old-fashioned seam bowling, hitting a consistent line and length and posing many problems for the Sutton batsmen who simply had no answer. Danny Collinson chipped in towards the end of the innings with a couple of wickets and Sutton finished on 176 all out from 40.2 overs.

Patrington knew that a solid start was required, and it was the McKinley duo of Jason and Connor who opened the batting for the home side. It was a slow, methodical start, from the Patrington pair whose initial task was to see off the new ball.

All was going to plan until a rush of blood from Jason saw him attempt a pull shot off a good length ball (despite strict orders not to) and Sutton had their first scalp, with Jason’s middle stump pegged back.

Jed Foster departed shortly after when he missed a straight one and Patrington were very much on the back foot at this stage. Dixon joined Connor at the crease, and it was this partnership that would in essence, take the game away from Sutton.

The batsmen came together at 27-2 and with some effective game management the pair put on a partnership of 90 with McKinley surpassing another 50 in the process. Dixon was eventually dismissed for 27 following a mistimed shot.

Jamie McKinley entered the scene in fine form, but a rush of blood saw the batsman try and run a single which Usain Bolt would have struggled to run, never mind a middle-aged McKinley!

However, that wasn’t going to deter Connor who would again demonstrate his class and go on to register a second successive unbeaten century to win the game for his side. Connor demonstrated an abundance of discipline and character finishing unbeaten on 108, which included 16 fours and three maximums. It was a masterclass from the youngster and despite Sutton’s best efforts, he was simply too good.

Partington hope to keep their winning streak going as they travel to fellow championship contenders Cottingham on Saturday and Dixon’s team will have to be at their very best in order to register another win.

 
         
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