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Sentinel duo enjoy lengthy stand

By David Banner | Cricket | Published:

Sentinel duo Joe Yapp and Craig Heath enjoyed an astonishing unbroken stand of 336 as the runs flowed at sun-drenched Albert Road.

Joe Yapp.

The pair came together with the home side on 72-3 in their Division Three clash against Nuneaton.

Yapp hit 120 not out off 113 balls while Heath, batting at five, pushed the scoreboard along even quicker with an unbeaten 219 off 100 – an innings that included an incredible 18 sixes.

Sentinel, who had opted to bat after winning the toss, declared on 408-3 off 50 overs to get an extra five overs to try to bowl the visitors out.

George Cheshire impressed with the ball, finishing with figures of 3-44, but a century from Jason Jakeman frustrated any hopes Sentinel had of forcing a victory.

Jakeman made 109 as Nuneaton finished their 60 overs on 272-5.

Sentinel tweeted: “Outstanding from Craig and Joe. All the club are very proud of what you both achieved.”

While Sentinel were plundering runs, Newport were finding them hard to come by as they slipped to an eight-wicket defeat at struggling Handsworth.

After being put in, just three visiting batsmen reached double figures as Newport were skittled out for just 92.

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Maisam Hasnain top scored with 34 and skipper Mark Downes made 19 as Kenrick Smith (5-26) and Kamau Leverock (3-17) put their side in control.

Shabbir Khan struck early for the visitors to reduce Handsworth to 1-1 but they never looked in trouble as Renrick Hooper (33) and Gawayne Evans (38 not out) eased the hosts home for the loss of just one further wicket.

The result means Newport, who were top of the table just two weeks ago, have now slipped down to sixth spot.

But they remain just nine points behind second-placed Stourbridge.

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