Peterson and Nawaz star, but it’s yet another defeat for Whiteleas and Harton

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Whiteleas and Harton suffered their third defeat in a row as they went down in a high scoring encounter against Esh Winning.

Electing to bat first, the hosts got off to a terrible start, losing three wickets for just 16 runs by the seventh over.

Owen Peterson then joined Ray McRae at the crease and the pair began to rebuild before the latter departed with the score on 38.

Peterson’s resilience continued with a true captain’s innings as he began to take the game to the visitors.

With Rameez Nawaz free flowing at the other end, a much needed partnership occurred as Whiteleas reached 100 from 34 overs.

Nawaz departed for an excellent half century and the skipper soon followed for a brilliant 97, including eight fours and three sixes.

A late order rally from Abdul Ameer saw the home side post a very healthy 196 from their allotted 44 overs

The visitors responded positively, despite Whiteleas taking an early wicket, reaching 55 from 10 overs.

Some tight bowling from Chris Nichol and Ryan Dowens pegged the batsmen back and with the score on 90-2 from twenty overs, the game was in the balance.

However, Esh regained control with some hard hitting from Watson (58) and with 28 needed from 10 overs, the visitors saw it through comfortably with a seven-wicket victory.

The second XI also went down at Esh Winning. Esh registered 244-8 with David Johnson the pick of the bowlers.

Despite Lee Jones’ 56no and Sonu Pathaks 33, Leas were beaten by 105 runs.