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Long Sutton Cricket Club are crowned Rutland League Division Two champions

Long Sutton completed the first leg of a potential title treble after being crowned Rutland League Division Two champions.

They beat Werrington 2nds by 83 runs on Sunday to win the division with a game to spare and earn their place in the top flight after a meteoric rise.

They won Division Four in 2019 before being crowned Division Three Covid Cup winners in a shortened campaign the next season.

Paul Edgeller
Paul Edgeller

They finished runners-up in Division Three in 2021 to secure a spot in Division Two where they took third spot last term.

Sutton have registered nine wins from their 13 games so far this season and are 48 points clear of second-placed Ufford Park.

Sunday's success was inspired by Paul Edgeller who smashed 14 fours and two sixes in his 107 off just 89 balls as Sutton scored 222 after batting first.

Josh Baker also made 38 and then took 3-42 from his nine-over spell as Werrington were bowled out for 139.

Jake Burton also returned 3-30 from a similar stint while Dan Oldfield made a huge impact in just 11 balls as he took 3-1 to wrap up the title triumph.

Sutton also stayed on course for a championship double in Saturday's South Lincs and Border League fixtures.

The first team secured a vital 98-run victory over Skegness and now need three wins from their final four games to lift the Championship crown.

Edgeller again excelled for the league leaders as he hit another century to help Sutton recover from a tricky start.

They were 14-3 when Edgeller joined Tim Norris to rebuild the innings with a 69-run stand for the fourth wicket.

Although Norris fell for 36, Edgeller continued Sutton's crusade as he hit an unbeaten 107 which consisted of 13 fours and two sixes.

Barry Stanway also struck 41 in a 68-run stand for the sixth wicket as Sutton closed their 45 overs on 232-6.

Fourth-placed Skegness were then dismissed for 134 in reply as Oldfield took 3-9 from six overs with Jacob Gray returning the same figures from his 3.4 overs.

The win means Sutton are 43 points clear of second-placed Newborough while Moulton are 49 adrift in third spot but have a game in hand.

Sutton's second team are also in pole position in Division Two after being awarded the 20 points on Saturday as Uffington conceded their clash.

They are 15 points clear of Royal Boston in second spot who do have a game in hand, one of which is against third-placed Belton Park.

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