Market Overton make winning start in Leicestershire league

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Market Overton have got off to a perfect start to their new adventure in Leicestershire and Rutland League cricket.

The village club have won their opening two games in Division Five East to sit amongst the early leaders.

On the opening day of the season two weeks ago they beat Leicester University Staff by two wickets.

After wining the toss they put the hosts into bat and ripped through the order, taking the final wicket in the 44th over leaving the Staff on 204.

Captain Paul Thwaites did the damage with the ball taking 5-41.

And it was a fine day for the captain all round as he eased Marko to victory with a knock of 113 not out.

It was fortunate that he was in good form as his team mates struggled to support him finishing on 209-8.

On Saturday the club kept the momentum going with a huge victory over Ratby 2nds.

Market Overton batted first and recorded a colossal 305-3 with Brian Makwana the star of the show with 158 not out.

Sam Linford also hit 55 not out.

They were supported by Chris Tighe who was the best of the bowlers with 3-28 as they took all 10 Ratby wickets for just 120.

It was not such good news on Sunday when Marko lost to Weldon by five wickets in the Rutland League Division Six.

Marko were all out for 129 with Weldon’s Tarun Diwan causing the damage with the first five wicket haul of his career, taking 5-36.

Weldon wasted no time in reaching the required target, finishing on 130-6 in the 28th over with Kristien Warren on 48 not out.