CRICKET: Belvoir dig in to claim victory

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Grantham & Melton Association

Division One

Ashby Carington 86 all out

Belvoir 87-5

Belvoir lost the toss and were asked to bowl first by Ashby Carington.

Belvoir got off to a great start through the strike bowling pair of Dan Gibson (2-7) and Fraser Fentem (1-10), leaving Ashby Carington 20-2 off 14 overs. Sam Penford (2-18) and Lewis Dann (3-23) dismissed the middle order, and this left Ashby struggling to post a decent total.

Elliot Derby cleaned up the tail-end.

Belvoir were fully aware that they were going to have to dig in on a tough wicket. Opening batsman Danny Ross (15) looked very solid before being undone by Palmer (1-32).

When Dyer dismissed Denton and Ingram, Belvoir were beginning to panic at 34-3. However, in form batsman Ryan Lewis (33no) and Dann (15) steadied the ship and Belvoir knocked the runs off inside 20 overs.

Sileby 113 all out

Grantham 99 all out

Grantham won the toss and chose to bowl.

Sileby got off to a slow but solid start, putting on 48 for the first wicket. Grantham bowled nice and tight throughout the innings, starting with the strikes D. Ashley and L. Greetham, backed up by J. Peck and the pick of the bowlers N. Stevenson who took five wickets.

Grantham got off to a bad start, losing one of the openers within the first few overs.

S.Mudie (25) and M.Gormley (26) put their side firmly in the driving seat, but after a quick flurry of wickets and some impressive bowling by A. Patterson, the tables had turned and Sileby were on the front foot.

Despite some gutsy batting down the order from J.Unsworth (11), N. Stevenson (12) and M.Donnellan (18), Grantham were all out for less than 100.

North Notts League

Division B

Thurgarton 222 all out

Belvoir 170 all out

Thurgarton raced to 50 in 57 balls and then accelerated as the next 50 came from only 19 more.

Josh Downie (57 from 42 balls) was in commanding and reckless form with one passage of eight fours off 12 balls. Chris Dutton (52 from 39) was a ball quicker to his half-century, his highlight being a pair of consecutive sixes the second of which was a jewel of a back-foot drive over deep mid-off.

However, with Lewis Dann (2-33) and Fraser Fentem (2-20) in tandem, the run rate dropped and wickets began to fall. Matt Irvine (3-59) continued the Belvoir fight-back until he had to retire injured.

Thurgarton were far from through though. Perhaps the best innings of the day was from Will Crowder (39no). It was he who sustained a good run rate while the wickets fell around him. There were a few lusty blows from the flashing blade of Tim Kirkham right at the end.

The normally prolific Jack Copley played on to Sam Cliff’s first ball; Captain Tom Neville (21) was well caught in the deep by Mansoor Khan; and Olly Clayfield (31) got in and out.

However, the Belvoir run rate was still nearly five per over and the irrepressible Dann (24) was being his usual excitable self. Perhaps a little too keen, as he was run out after being sent back looking for a second run that was not there.

This may have been the pivotal moment in the game. Cliff (5-41) was accumulating steady wickets and Aaman Singh (2-49) giving good support from the other end.

Belvoir’s Ross Denton (29) gradually edged the score passed the second, third and fourth batting points. With Danny Gibson (11no), he added 26 for the last wicket and got to within five balls of the points for a losing draw.

To the relief of the Thurgarton support, Justin Thomas (2-15) had Denton LBW at the death to secure the extra two points for his team.

South Lincs & Border League

Premier Division

Grantham 247-5

Moulton Harrox 135 all out

In their first fixture away from home this season, Grantham were keen to secure a victory at Moulton Harrrox and prove they could hold their own on the road too.

The visitors batted first and the day could not have started any better for the travellers with an opening stand of 125 for the first wicket. Openers Stewart Mudie (55) and Mark Fell (60) set the tone for the innings and the mantle was picked up by Martin Parmley (32) and Matthew Wing (34no), taking Grantham to a total of 247.

In a weakened Moulton Harrox bowling line-up, the pick of the crop was, without doubt, Maxwell Cusack (4-54).

In reply, control was lacking in Grantham’s first 10 overs and the opening batsmen pounced on the bad balls and a partnership of 58 was the ideal start for Moulton Harrox.

First change bowler, Danny Ashley, finally brought the opening stand to an end and went on took to claim the third wicket as well. Despite the shaky start, Grantham worked hard to regain composure and wickets fell regularly until the home side were eventually dismissed for 135.

Despite earning a full 20 points, Grantham will have to improve before next week’s top-of-the-table clash against Lindum.

Division One

Grantham 2nd 60 all out

Billingborough 61-1

Grantham batted first and were soon in trouble, losing Max Everitt and Jim O’Neil early on.

Unable to build any substantial partnerships, Grantham were skittled for 60.

Billingborough made short work of the run chase, with Dave Newman in brutal form rounding off a bad day at the office for a depleted Grantham side.