CRICKET: Belton Park lose at Woodhall Spa

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South Lincs & Border League

Premier Division

Belton Park 177

Woodhall Spa 2nd 179-6

Belton Park slumped to their third successive defeat away to a strong Woodhall side.

Jake Pollard (31) and Dan Reynolds (37) tore into Woodall’s opening attack, putting on 79 for the first wicket in 19 overs before Reynolds was run out by a direct hit. This heralded a collapse as Belton were reduced to 118-7. Lusty hitting and idiosyncratic strokeplay by keeper Alex Wheeler (43no), supported by Tom Ward (18), saw Belton post a respectable 177, with Alex King (3-50) mopping up the tail.

Needing early wickets, Tom Ward and Harry Brewin were flailed by Timby (79), conceding 51 in the first six overs. It took the introduction of Matt Law (1-27) and skipper Alan Ward (2-55) to stem the flow of runs, but the damage had been done.

Chris Anderson weighed in with 54 as Luke Pollard (3-26) spun a web to help claim bowling points for Belton before Woodhall passed their total in the 36th over.

Division Two

Belton Park 2nd 199-7

Baston 179

A splendid team performance by Belton’s youthful side condemned experienced league leaders Baston to only their second defeat of the season.

Belton started in positive fashion with Will Helliwell (43) taking the attack to the opposition, including four boundaries off successive balls with some sublime strokeplay. Supported by Richard Cocks (24), the total passed 50 in only the 10th over, as they rattled up 63 for the first wicket.

The introduction of Dyer (2-31) into the bowling attack, with his very slow unorthodox spin, brought about a mini-collapse as Belton slumped to 79-4.

Patiently the innings was re-built by sensible controlled batting from Matt Cocks (32) and an initially cautious Gavin Clarke (52) before he opened his shoulders with some powerful hitting as they added a crucial 69 runs for the fifth wicket. Valuable late contributions from Liam Parker (11) and Max Hubbard (19 no off 11 balls) enabled Belton to double their score from the 30th over.

Baston lost Morris to the first ball of the innings and fellow opener Davies was well caught by Danny Parker, both to the bowling of Will Rich (2-42). Baston were ahead of the required run rate but wickets then fell at regular intervals to Hubbard (2-26) and Danny Parker (2-15). Baston’s depth of batting continued to trouble Belton but skipper Coulson (3-31) and Helliwell (1-25) held their nerve as Belton finished deserved winners.