Umpires end Stony’s chase


The weather ended Stony Stratford’s chances of pulling off a remarkable against Brixworth on Saturday.

Set 274 to win by the visitors, Stony looked well on course to get over the line on 226-2 with nine overs left when bad light and then rain forced the umpires to call and end to the day’s play - the two sides settling for a draw.

Hardly a ball deviated in the air or off the wicket as the Stony bowlers struggled to stem the tide of runs from the first over. Fred Newborough (73), Alex Lacey (53) and Peter Caunt (52) all crashed quick fire half centuries for the visitors, with Newborough in particularly destructive form.

The best of the Stony bowlers were Alex Strong and Vicram Sohal who both picked up two wickets each, but there were some figures best forgotten after 55 overs had been completed.

Stony’s reply was built around a fantastic unbeaten century from Tyler Lortan. In his final game before returning home to South Africa to join up with his Kwa-Zulu Natal team mates, Lortan ended his season with a chanceless, brilliantly timed hundred that had set Stony up perfectly to chase down the runs.

Despite the early loss of Tom Moore, Lortan found great support firstly from Sohal (58) and then Jarrod Pretorius who’s return to the side has added some much needed experience to the Stony middle order.

Pretorius was on 48 and the pair were going at 10 an over when the umpires rightly deemed the conditions unfit to continue the game.