Grantham & Melton Association
Belton Park 97-8
Club veteran Tim Gadsby rolled back the years to take 5-25 off his 10 over spell and set the seal on an impressive victory for table toppers Buckminster.
Gadsby and fellow bowlers Alex Forbes (3-16), Jack Berry (0-16) and Ben Stafford (0-11), both off seven overs, all bowled with discipline.
Only Alex Wheeler with 23 threatened to get Belton Park anywhere near Buckminsters total which was based upon Matthew Creaney’s 41 and Rob Bentley’s 80. Bentley looked especially impressive in his first innings for the club.
Melton Mowbray 184-8
Melton won the toss and elected to bat. Colsterworth took an early wicket and later there was a middle order collapse before Melton recovered to a modest but useful tally.
For Colsterworth, the Abbots were the pick of the bowlers with Will taking three wickets and Phil finishing with four.
Colsterworth’s reply started well with Jason Grosse, in particular, striking the ball well. But when Grosse did depart to a good catch for 41, wickets began to fall more regularly.
But Colin Atter (72no) hung in there and looked dangerous, dispatching the weaker bowling around the ground.
With 55 runs needed, the game was still in the balance, but with support from Will Abbot, sensible batting aided by some lacklustre fielding enabled Colsterworth to reach their target with no further loss and six overs to spare.
South Notts League
Clifton 2nd 186-5
None of Belvoir’s top order settled at all, with Tom Neville (22) looking the most dangerous only to play on to his own bail when starting to accelerate.
Belvoir were gradually reduced to 84-7 and it looked like an early tea. However, Danny Ross (43) and Matt Irvine doubled the score and set Clifton a reasonable target.
Ross continually probed the offside square of the wicket with some swashbuckling cuts, forcing Clifton’s fielders to be at their best. Irvine started quietly, taking 24 balls to get off the mark, but as the innings drew to a close he opened up with 17 from his last nine balls.
The reply was confident before Matt Irvine (2-44) took a couple of quick wickets to cause a little worry in the Clifton camp, but they accelerated to the win with an over to spare.
South Lincs & Border League
Skegness 2nd 116
Losing the toss, Grantham were asked to bowl and, after conceding seven runs in the first over, completed bossed the Skegness innings who had only added 23 after 20 overs.
Sammy Peters (3-29) bowled aggressively but birthday boy Adam Parker stole the limelight, producing 4-14 off his 12 overs. Neil Stevenson picked up three wickets and Skegness’s middle order clawed back some runs.
After a promising start to the reply, wickets started to fall with opener Rory Johnson going first, followed by Cleton Payne and Peter Abrahams.
Martin Palmley (25) and Matt Wing dug in to add 40 before both perished. Struggling to hold the bat, an injured Stewart Mudie added a valuable 16 before Stevenson and Ady Wing saw Grantham across the line with two wickets to spare.