Flawless victory for Sunday side

Early morning rain looked to have made action for Morton’s Lincoln Sunday League side unlikely last weekend.

But the Division One home fixture against Cherry Willingham went ahead, and Morton easily overcame their visitors.

In a game reduced to 32 overs per side, Morton won the toss and asked their opponents to bat.

Cherry could only muster 70 runs between them before being bowled out.

Veteran Steve Butroid led the attack with three more wickets to add to his tally thus far, returning figures of 3 for 9 off eight overs.

Morton openers Chris Needham (36*) and Steve Crooks (27*) knocked off the required runs without losing a wicket to collect another victory for the village team.

The team now top the league at the halfway stage of the season.

Morton once again make another long trek to the south of the county to play second placed Revesby this coming Sunday and will be looking to complete the double over their nearest rivals and consolidate their position at the top of Division One.

In their Lincs League Division Four fixture at the weekend Morton were asked to bat first by their opponents Scothern on what looked like a bowler friendly wicket.

Scothern had a youthful side who never found the right length to bowl on the wicket and Morton hit their highest total of the season so far with 248 for 9.

James Kelly top scored for Morton with 76 in what was his maiden half century for the club.

There were runs also for James Cooper and Gary Cooke who got the team off to a solid start at the top of the innings with Matt Gleadell and Lewis Butroid also contributing lower down the order.

In reply Morton’s bowlers immediately found the right lengths to bowl with Cooper picking up two wickets in the first over including a wicket from the first ball of Scothern’s innings.

From there Scothern never recovered and were bowled out for 80.

Cooper was the pick of the bowling with 6 for 36.

Morton have now moved up to second position but have a week off before they entertain Keelby II at home on 12th July.

The club’s Evening League side didn’t have a game last week but played away at Lea Park on Wednesday 2nd July at Marshalls.

Morton Under 11s were away to Cleethorpes Ross III on Wednesday as the Standard went to print, and play host to Cleethorpes II on Monday 7th July with a 6.30pm start at Morton.

The Under 9s, meanwhile, hosted Hartsholme in wet conditions on Sunday morning.

Batting first their opponents managed just 217 runs.

The Morton team was excellent in the field, including Harrison Clarke who showcased a brilliant piece of fielding to collect a direct hit run out.

Morton in response made 259 from their allotted overs with contributions throughout the team.

The Under 9s are away to Caythorpe on Sunday.