CRICKET - Bourton and Frankton cruise to eight-wicket friendly success - The Rugby Observer

CRICKET - Bourton and Frankton cruise to eight-wicket friendly success

BOURTON and Frankton CC recorded a comfortable friendly win over visitors Braunston Paddox thanks to four wickets from Mick Waller and a knock of 64 from Richard Parsons.

In what was the first meeting between the two clubs for several decades, the visitors opted to bat first in hot conditions at The Field having won the toss.

Braunston opener Steve Haynes made 42 before Nathan Kemp added a useful 35 along with skipper Chris Eyles’ 23.

However Waller’s four wicket haul, which included a stunning hat-trick, went through the middle and lower order to prevent Braunston progressing past their eventual 161 all out in the 37th over.

Waller finished with figures of 4-22 and McManus (2-38) with a wicket apiece for the other bowlers Stuart McQuillan, Nigel Kidd and Mark Whitehead.

In reply, Parsons and Dale Coles made another positive start with an opening stand of 63 before the latter departed for 32.

George Smith joined Parsons and together they added 74 for the second wicket before Parsons was next to go after hitting 10 fours and a six in his 56-ball knock.

However, Smith remained and guided Bourton over the line in the 23rd over, finishing on 48 not out as the hosts closed out an eight-wicket victory.


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