Champion finish to the season for Morton

Parish Councillors Matthew Gleadell and  Peter Blagg, on Morton village playing field, where a grant of �31, 748 from Sport England will help develop leisure facilities G120103-1a
Parish Councillors Matthew Gleadell and Peter Blagg, on Morton village playing field, where a grant of �31, 748 from Sport England will help develop leisure facilities G120103-1a
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Morton finished their Lincoln Sunday Cricket League Division One season with the visit of old adversaries Scothern.

And victory saw them clinch the league title, and promotion to the Premier Division, in style.

Morton needed a win, but going into the game their visitors had won four of their six away games.

Scothern batted first making their best away total of the season with 185 for 9.

James Metcalfe took 4 for 38 , including his 27th wicket of the season.

In response Morton reached their target for the loss of five wickets with James Cooper scoring 60 not out, supported by Chris Needham (30) and Steve Crooks (30).

Gary Cooke, who captained a Morton team for the first time, led the side superbly only losing two games.

A club statement said: “Gary would like to thank the players for their commitment and support.”

“It will be more difficult next year as the standard is undoubtedly higher, however Morton will feel confident that they will be able to rise to the challenge of the Premier League.”

“Their success this season hopefully epitomises the way the club is moving forward, and to finish the season as champions is just reward.”

Cooke was supported by Needham, the division’s second highest run scorer with over 400 runs, Metcalfe and the ageless Steve Butroid who both figured amongst the highest wicket takers.

Morton’s Saturday side finished their Lincs Division Four campaign in third.

Billy Remmington finished top scorer in the division with 406 runs from 15 innings, an average of 33.83, and Matt Gleadell and James Cooper also scored in excess of 300 runs.

James Cooper was the division’s second leading wicket taker with 43 wickets at an average of 10.04.

Chris Leonard also returned a decent haul for the season with 26 wickets at 12.5 apiece.

Ironically Morton won more games than any other team in the division, unfortunately only the bottom side lost more games.

Morton Under 11s finished their season with a good home win against Barton Town.

The team knew that a victory would put them in with a chance of promotion, but had to wait on results from other matches.

Those other matches did ultimately go Morton’s way, and in their first season playing league cricket the team finished second behind Scunthorpe Town.

A delighted team manager Matt Gleadell said: “Every player contributedand to finish runners up in their league in their first season against some established cricket clubs is a fantastic achievement.”

The Under 9s finished mid table in their second season in the league and junior players Jimmy Purdy and Harley Burgess have earned county selection trials.

The annual Morton Cricket Club presentation night is on Saturday 4th October 7.30pm at Morton Village Hall. Tickets are £5.00 for adults and £3.00 for concessions on the door.