Royston deliver eight-wicket home victory over Linton


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Royston’s fantastic form continued at the weekend with another Junior One South victory, this time at home to Linton.

The league leaders lost the toss and Linton elected to bat first on what looked a flat wicket.

The visiting openers James and Peter Gordon got the visitors off to a good start and put on 56 for the first wicket before Peter Gordon was finally dismissed by change bowler Ryan Judge, thanks to a spectacular one-handed catch from Matt Houghton at point.

This wicket brought Stephen Livermore to the crease to join Gordon and the pair then proceeded to pile on a second-wicket partnership of exactly 100.

Gordon was clean-bowled by Sam Montague-Fuller for 63, and was swiftly followed by Ajay Joseph who chipped one to mid-wicket to be caught for six.

With Linton on 187-3 and with five overs left, Livermore looked to dominate the Royston bowlers and go big, however picked out Rob Gill in the deep and holed out on the bowling of Paul Miller (10-0-49-3) for 62.

Pete Merrell (10-0-35-2) returned to the attack and a small collapse ensued as Royston took five wickets for only a further 17 runs being added to the total, meaning Linton ended on 204-8, a target that Royston felt was highly gettable, given the placid nature of the pitch.

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Royston openers Paul Leary and Rory Harper (52 not out) set about their task in the perfect manner and notched up a 50 partnership at just under a run a ball, picking off the bad balls but otherwise simply rotating the strike and ticking the scoreboard over.

Paul Leary reached his half century and looked to open up however mis-timed one out to long-off to be dismissed for 61 with Royston on 99-1.

Martin Leary joined Harper and he looked to take on the Linton bowlers from the off.

With the introduction of Josh Newman into the attack, Leary utilised the slog-sweep to great effect and plundered the leg-side boundary.

It took just 24 balls for him to rack up 45 runs before finally top-edging one up in the air to be dismissed, but with Royston now 155-2 and with over 10 overs still remaining, the back of the run chase had been broken.

Incoming batsman Rob Gill saw to it that the remaining runs were knocked off swiftly as he smashed 38 not out from only 15 balls to see Royston over the line with five overs to spare and with eight wickets in hand.