Baker cooks up a captain's knock to guide Spencer to victory

Streatham Guardian: Leading the way: Neil Baker, skipper of Spencer CC Leading the way: Neil Baker, skipper of Spencer CC

Skipper Neil Baker turned in a match-winning display as Spencer CC got their first win of the Surrey Championship Premier Division season.

Hosts Leatherhead overcame a poor start to turn 54-4 into 193-9, with Hugo Darby and Jonathan Speller both claiming three wickets for Spencer.

With the bat, Baker’s men struggled to 47-5, until the skipper hit an unbeaten 68 and saw them home in the 47th over.

“It is always good as a captain to put some runs on the board early in the season,” he said.

“We did struggle, but I knew if we batted the overs, we would get past their score.

“We may have struggled at the top of the order, but I know these guys are excellent batsmen and I have complete faith in them.”

He added: “We’re only two games into the season, but it is nice to get that first win on the board.”

Spencer go to Banstead this weekend.

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