Grantham & Melton Association
After some tight early bowling from Mike Fowler (1-26) and Phil Irvine (0-28), who later put in an imperious innings of 138no, Empingham went about building a big total.
Dropped catches proved costly for Bottesford before an impressive spell of bowling from 17-year-old Tom Talbot (5-24).
Bottesford’s reply got off to the worst possible start with Dan Robinson given LBW on the first ball. Sixteen-year-old Will Seymour (27) and Phil Irvine got the scoreboard ticking over, although a middle order collapse almost proved costly.
Sileby Town 126
Buckminster got their season off to a winning start. Jon Senescall (58) and Dave Allen (28) batted with caution to help set a testing target.
Defending their score, all the home side bowlers picked up wickets at regular intervals, with Alex Forbes (3-27), Jack Berry (2-27) and Jason Martin (2-32) the most successful.
Ashby C’rington 2nd 198-7
Charles Bennett carried his bat to 65 and Pete Craig hit a quickfire 55, including one over of six sixes, as Sproxton built up their total. Skipper Jonny Watchorn ended the innings unbeaten on 47.
Pick of Sproxton’s bowlers were Simon Naylor (2-35), Richard Cox (2-20) and Kevin Eden (0-22).
Houghton on the Hill 208 Grantham 210-6
Put into bat, Houghton got off to a good start, losing their first wicket in the 14th over with the score on 60. Tight bowling from A. Wing, H. Stevens and G. Bennett saw each taking two wickets apiece.
Grantham set about their mission in emphatic fashion with R. Mathews scoring a fine quickfire 40. Three quick wickets followed but M. Wing (47no) and A. Shaw (21) steadied the ship.
Wing was then ably supported by both D. Ashley (41) and R. Johnson (30). Grantham reached their target with three balls left.
South Lincs & Border League
Grantham 2nd 171-9
The lack of a first team game saw Grantham field a strong side in the season opener.
Put into bat, Grantham made steady progress with Stewart Mudie hitting 62 by the halfway stage. Danny Ashley (29), Adam Parker (25no) and Neil Stevenson (15) helped take Grantham to a decent total, with useful contributions from Will Leadenham (13) and Alex Kettle (12).
Cavaliers set to challenge the total, but tight bowling saw wickets progressively taken. Neil Stevenson’s spin resulted in 4-44 from eight overs, and strike bowler Adam Parker returned 3-32 off 11 overs, including Cavaliers’ final wicket with three balls remaining.
Alex Kettle’s impressive wicket keeping included four catches and a stumping, and youngsters Jordan Grosse and Will Stevens were sharp in the field.
Belvoir 119-6 Trent 105
Trent 111-5 Belvoir 112-1
A pugnacious 39 from 30 balls by Ruwan Pitigala supported by Lewis Dann (25) was the basis of sound score in the first T20 at Trent College.
In reply, Danny Gibson (2-13) took wickets in each of his first two overs, pegging back Trent’s reply to 14-2. James Fellows (2-18), Pitigala (2-15) and Dann (2-15) then took regular wickets to reduce Trent to 58-8 and increase the asking rate to over 10. Fellows and Dann saw them off.
In the second match, Trent batted first. Gibson took his wicket tally to 4-36 off eight overs and Matt Irvine induced a caught-behind and a false shot from Trembling.
In reply, Belvoir’s captain Olly Clayfield scored a 36-ball 49 that featured two sweet, straight driven fours. In terms of run-rate, he was outscored by Chas Hubbard’s 27-ball 39. The two shared a second wicket partnership of 91.