Stony Stratford had few problems getting past Overstone Park in the first round of the Northants League Twenty20 Cup at Ostlers Lane on Tuesday night.
In what was a potential banana skin against Division Two opposition who had thrashed Stony’s 2nds in the league earlier in the season, the home side proved to be a class above with both bat and ball, mainly thanks to a fine all round performance from South African all rounder Tyler Lorton.
Batting first, Stony’s opening pair of Lorton and Graham Simpson got off to a solid if unspectacular start, moving to 20-0 inside the first four overs, with former Stony man David Pollard bowling nicely with the new ball for Overstone.
However, once the Stony openers negotiated this initial tricky spell, they moved into top gear. Both Lorton and Simpson were particularly harsh on the visiting spinners, with Simpson smashing two huge sixes over the club house in one over. The pair soon raced to half centuries, entertaining a sizeable Ostlers Lane crowd.
As the innings moved into the latter stages, Lorton upped the pace even more and when Simpson was out in the 18th over for 58, the score was 168 and the young all rounder looked on course for a first Stony 100. He fell just short in the end, out from the final ball of the innings for a brilliant 95 as Stony set 181 for the visitors to win.
Despite not losing any wickets early on, Overstone found runs hard to come by, reaching 40-0 in the first eight overs. Even with wickets in hand, the total quickly looked out of reach for the visitors, despite the brave effort of opener Sebastian Bigley who hit 31.
Lorton’s introduction into the attack sparked a collapse and the leg spinner added to his runs with 2-9. Fellow spinner Steve Richardson grabbed 2-11 and then further spin from Ed Tate (2-8) proved too much for the visitors as they struggled to 108 all out in 19 overs.
Pollard impressed down the order with an unbeaten 30 but it wasn’t enough to save his side from a heavy 72 run defeat as Stony made it easily through to round two where tougher challenges no doubt await them.