Lions beat the rain and see off Weldon

THE weather has played havoc in the early stages of the youth cricket scene.

Just two games were possible in the recent round of matches in the under-11 section of the Corby & District Quality Solicitors Wilson Browne Youth League.

In Division A, the only clash to go ahead was Loddington Lions’ visit to Weldon while Barton Seagrave Red conceded to Rushton.

At Weldon, Loddington batted first and a brilliant unbeaten knock of 28 by James Essler was backed up by seven apiece for Jack Paviour and Joe Massaro as well as George Denton (6).

That helped get them to a challenging total of 267-1 in their overs, with the only wicket being claimed by Marcus Whymant.

In reply, only two Weldon players stayed in positive numbers as Paviour took four wickets while Denton, Essler and Max Gaunt all picked up two each.

Weldon eventually closed on 190-11 as the Lions eased to a 77-run success.

It was a similar picture in Division B with just one game surviving and that saw Desborough claim victory at Barton Seagrave Blue.

Batting first, Barton had Conor Barton (5) as their top scorer but they were helped by an extras tally of 31 as they closed on 225 in their 16 overs.

Four Desborough bowlers picked up a wicket each.

In reply, Desborough were helped even more by 32 extras and the fact they lost less wickets as they reached 236 to seal the win.

Three Barton bowlers got a wicket each.