Percy Main’s inconsistent season continued on Saturday with a defeat at home to Leadgate in a match they would have hoped to win due to the opposition occupying one of the bottom two places in the league.
Skipper Barry Stewart lost the toss and the villagers were immediately inserted on a pitch that looked good on the eye but proved tricky to bat on as it was soft underneath due to the previous day’s rainfall.
Despite Mickey Phillips making 52 and Mitch Reid 30, only Phil Cramman passed 20 as the Main men were dismissed for a disappointing and under par score of 160.
In reply Leadgate knocked off the runs for the loss of six wickets. Richie Walker, Mark Quinn and Jonathan Prested shared the wickets.
In the reverse fixture at Leadgate, the second XI fared much better in an enthralling game.
Skipper Barry Errington lost the toss and saw Leadgate make an electric start as both openers went aerial from the start and made use of the short boundaries to accelerate to 60 after eight overs.
Steve Patterson was then introduced and immediately dismissed Benford for 37. Patterson then removed the other top three to finish with 4-33.
The introduction of Tony Robson and Si Curtis then saw wickets tumble regularly to see Leadgate dismissed for 194. Robson finishing with 4-41 and Curtis 2-32.
In reply, the villagers set about their run chase positively with Phil Warwick making a quick-fire 40. However, a couple of quick wickets left the game delicately poised until 13-year-old James Peart, alongside Si Curtis, produced a superb knock which defied his tender years to take Main close to their target.
Peart was dismissed one short of a maiden senior 50 to his disappointment and Curtis for a well crafted 46.
It was left to Errington and Andy Beer to see the visitors home and claim an excellent 20 points which extended the villagers lead at the top of the table.