An excellent century from Mark Johnson, his first for the Club, powered Burgh & District to a comfortable 102-run victory over Welby 2nd XI on Saturday afternoon at Station Road.
Cut to 32 overs a-side due to a poor weather forecast, the match developed into a lop-sided encounter once Burgh’s openers had seen off the new ball. With the troublesome Burr and Sloss out of the attack, the Millers’ run rate picked up to a steady five an over, Mark Johnson monopolising the strike to good effect and finding the boundary with some ease.
Having come to good form over the past fortnight, Johnson thoroughly dominated the Burgh innings, hitting 21 boundaries and carrying his bat for 114, a personal crusade against the Welby attack that drove the Burgh score remorselessly upwards.
Partnerships of 75 for the fourth wicket with Paul Bronks and a rapid unbroken 49 for the fifth with Richard Underwood, the latter off only four overs, took the Millers into an almost unassailable position, the home side finishing up on 211 for 4.
In contrast to the Burgh run-fest, Welby’s reply rarely stirred beyond walking pace as the visitors found the asking rate daunting.
Only Sumner (41), batting at five, proved combative. He struck a number of fine boundaries before being outfoxed by Sharp.
With Welby focussed on survival, Burgh had to work hard for their wickets right from the outset.
Most of the six bowlers deployed picked up a wicket or two but the final Welby two proved elusive, the stumps leading an unbelievably charmed life. As a rapidly thickening sea fret dulled the light, the visitors’ innings limped to a halt at 109 for 8 and the Millers had their eighth league victory of the season.