Stoke beat both weather and Rothwell to extend lead

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STOKE Bruerne 1st XI extended their lead to 49 points at the top of Northamptonshire Cricket League Division Five after beating Rothwell Town by four wickets.

With second-placed Weldon not playing due to rain, Stoke took full advantage in a low-scoring match at Rothwell.

The visitors chose to bowl after winning the toss and took an early wicket when Gary Bliss removed opener Andrew White for two.

Rothwell put up a stern fight in tricky conditions with Kye Parker (21), Philip Cross (18) and Lee Richardson (15) all getting a start.

But they failed to take advantage as Sam Heath took two wickets before Dave Weston bowled impressively for figures of 6-1-8-3.

Ashley Morris (3-26) wasted little time in mopping up the tail to bowl Rothwell out for a tame 111 in 42 overs.

Stoke began their reply well with openers Charlie Edwards (24) and Simon Orme (38 not out) giving their side a solid platform.

Once Edwards was dismissed, Paul Gardiner (26) carried on the good start as the visitors appeared to be coasting to victory.

But a dramatic collapse put the win in jeopardy as Stoke lost four of their middle order batsmen for just seven runs between them, including three ducks.

However, Orme kept his cool to guide Stoke to another win.

This Saturday sees a top-of-the-table clash at Stoke as they entertain Overstone Park, who climbed to second following a draw with Brixworth.