Stoke rooted to the bottom

Ashley Morris
Ashley Morris

Stoke Bruerne remain rooted to the bottom of Northamptonshire Cricket League Division Four following a 94-run loss to table-topping Brixworth.

A wet outfield meant a delayed start and a reduced game as the home side made steady progress after choosing to bat first.

After an opening partnership of 50, Paul Brown and Ashley Morris both took wickets before Paul Gardner was run out for 61.

Luke Adams also took a wicket but Brixworth declared on 211-5 off 43 overs.

Stoke made a poor start to their innings as Brown fell for a duck in the second over. Colin Lee, making his seasonal debut, started to find his rhythm as he and Alex Holmes put together a useful partnership.

Lee was then trapped LBW for 18, Adams fell soon after for one and Holmes was caught by Marlow off Christian Timm for 26.

Stoke reached 95-4 at drinks but both Heath (27) and Morris (26) fell in quick succession and a lower order collapse followed as Stoke crashed to 117 all out.

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