Stoke on verge of promotion

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A win for Stoke Bruerne against Wellingborough tomorrow will be enough to secure promotion from Northamptonshire Cricket League Division Five after drawing to Brixworth last week.

Stoke are top of the table, leading third-placed Overstone Park by 75 points after 18 matches with the top two teams going up.

After winning the toss against Brixworth, skipper Nick Adams decided to bowl first on the hottest day of the year

Brixworth started steadily with Will Thomas becoming the first victim of the afternoon for Ashley Morris.

Abid Zia was run out following a smart piece of work by Adams before the first drinks break leaving Brixworth at 60-2.

Gary Bliss took two quick wickets after drinks that left the score at 104-4.

Both teams then progressed steadily; but wickets were falling at regular intervals as Brixworth tried to move towards a good score.

Veteran Dave Marlow added 33 before Will Thomas and Michael Kemp both fell cheaply to Morris.

Brixworth eventually reached 175-9 after Fraser Bennett’s quick-fire 28.

After tea, Stoke started brightly as Edwards and Paul Gardner put on 49 for the first wicket before Edwards was caught.

Colin Lee fell to a freak catch in the slip cordon with the ball ricocheting off the keepers shoulder. Simon Orme and Gardner then put on 34 against their former club when Gardner was adjudged LBW for 32.

Orme followed one over later leaving Stoke on 88-4.

Thre further wickets fell in as many vers leaving Stoke staring down the barrel.

Alex Holmes played well to steady the ship before nicking one to Marlow at slip for the innings top score of 33.

Skipper Adams was then joined by Alex Chaffer and the two saw Stoke to the finish line, picking up bonus points along the way before Chaffer was out last ball of the match for 18 to leave Stoke finishing on 151-9.

Stoke now travel to Wellingborough Indians IIs tomorrow looking to extend their lead over second placed Weldon.