Morris and Lee shine as Stoke record back-to-back victories

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Stoke Bruerne are up to eighth in Northamptonshire Cricket League Division Four after a five-wicket win over Burton Latimer on Saturday.

Having secured their first win of the season against Rushton last weekend, Stoke produced another fine all-round display, with the top order coasting to the target after the bowlers had restricted Burton to 170-9 on a good batting wicket.

Skipper Nick Adams won the toss and opted to bowl but Sewell (24) made a flying start as he blasted 16 off Ashley Morris in the first over of the innings.

However, Sam Heath kept it tight at one end and Morris (4-51) was able to capitalise at the other as he first removed Shelford and then Sewell – both departing to sharp catches from Marc Bliss and Luke Adams.

Yeomans (23) showed aggressive intent but he was swiftly removed by Heath (1-23) before Morris took two in quick succession, leaving Burton on 84-5 at drinks.

A quick-fire partnership from Noble (40) and Fuoco (24) reversed the momentum back in Burton’s favour, until the introduction of Bliss (1-20) and Adams (3-13) stemmed the flow of runs as the visitors finished on 170-9 from 50 overs.

Stoke openers Charlie Edwards and Alex Holmes made a positive start in reply and with Edwards favouring the off-side and Holmes the leg-side, the ball flew to all parts in the first 10 overs to get Stoke off to a flyer.

However, both batsmen departed in the forties as Edwards was bowled by Halfhide’s first ball while Holmes spooned a catch to mid-on.

At 90-2 from 15 overs, the platform had been set and Stoke took full advantage despite Simon Orme and Bliss both falling cheaply.

A 50-run partnership between the steady Colin Lee (44 not out) and flamboyant Heath (23) put the result beyond doubt with both batsmen punishing some wayward bowling before Lee smacked two consecutive boundaries to reach the target and claim victory.

Stoke travel to fourth-placed Kibworth this weekend in the hope of a third straight win.