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Leverington triumph in hard-fought derby

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Leverington won by 51 runs, which gives them a chance of avoiding relegation and a well-earned double over their closest rivalsWisbech 3rds.

Wisbech won the toss and elected to field.

The first seven overs saw a slow start for the new opening partnership of Nick Usher and Andy Reid with just 12 scored, however the rate increased to 27 in the 10th as the first wicket fell, Usher well caught for 10.

Barry Carter joined Reid and the score moved to 68 in the 18th as Carter was caught for 20.

Simon Gilbert, dropped early on, and Mark Buttriss then went into consolidation. Anthony bowled Buttriss for 20.

Bagewadi joined Gilbert and the singles started to pick up from 101 off 31 overs, until Gilbert was bowled for 30 in the 35th at 129. Ian Cooper was LBW for 11.

Aphay advanced down the wicket and one popped to hit him in the face and he finished on a commendable 20 not out and then went off to A&E.

His two partnerships with Gilbert and Cooper proved to be valuable as Leverington finished on 157-9.

Ian Cooper and Luke Wilson removed the openers, Cooper bowled unchanged to finish with 10-5-19-3.

John Gill replaced Wilson, and it was 55 for 6 at drinks.

Carter (6-0-10-1) replaced Cooper, and claimed Strickle, caught very well by Ben Clarke. Wilson (10-2-24-4) returned after Gill, claiming his fourth catch by Reid, who gave a sterling performance in the gully.

Gill (8.4-0-31-2) returned to wrap up the innings in the 36th over with two well deserved wickets, getting Usher and Reid caught.

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