Bad start to season for Grantham

South Lincs & Border League

Division One

Grantham 98 all out

Spalding 90-4

THE new season started badly for Grantham with a poor batting display against Spalding. Captain Andy Dann lost the toss and Grantham were asked to bat first on a wicket which shots proved difficult to play. Wickets fell at regular intervals with only Stewart Mudie (30) and Joe Farmer (20) reaching double figures.

Most of Grantham’s batsmen played poor shots to get themselves out and vice captain Paul Chadwick could only manage three runs before he was beaten for pace and given out LBW.

Chasing a modest total, Spalding were soon in trouble at 10-2 with new opening bowler Dan Gascoyne proving too good for the Spalding batsmen. But a combination of fortunate decisions and an element of luck soon saw them to their target of 90 for the loss of only four wickets.

Farmer, Cameron-Clarke and Gascoyne shared the wickets in a spirited effort in the field.

Grantham & Melton Association

Golding Shield

Tilton & Lowesby 84 all out

Barrowby 72 all out

BARROWBY narrowly missed out in a low scoring encounter.

On a tricky wicket, Barrowby restricted Tilton to 23-5 with Matt Veasey (3-5) the chief destory off his eight overs. After a moderate fight back, Craig Turner (4-23) restricted Tilton to 84 all out.

The reply started poorly as the home side were reduced to 30-5. Things did not improve and, despite a brutal 20no from Veasey, Barrowby fell short by 13 runs.


Wollaton Park 229-7

Belvoir 231-3

JACK Copley struck a majestic 107no to guide Belvoir to a seven wicket win over Notts Premier side Wollaton Park.

Wollaton won the toss and batted first. In the field, Belvoir stuck to their task well, producing some excellent ground fielding to restrict the Nottingham side.

In reply, Darren Bicknell and Jack Copley set a solid foundation reaching 88-0 off 24 overs. But two quick wickets fell just after drinks causing the run-rate to climb to more than six an over.

James Clayfield joined Jack at the wicket to produce a thrilling 126 partnership, James going to his 50 with successive boundaries and Jack reaching his century in the final over.

The win was sealed off the last ball of the match.