CRICKET: Buckminster win with 10 balls to spare

Grantham & Melton Association

Division One

Woolsthorpe 123-8

Buckminster 124-8

BATTING first, Woolsthorpe lost the early wickets of Ablewhite (7) and Claricoates (8).

Dobson (20) offered some resistance, but wickets fell regularly with only skipper Ward holding the innings together with a well made 44no.

A quickfire 20no from Culpin got the visitors to 123 from their 36 overs. The pick of the Buckminster bowlers were Stafford (2-17) and Forbes (2-20).

The home side started poorly losing Berry for a duck. A partnership of 37 for the second wicket set the foundation for a comfortable home win but good bowling from Culpin (3-27), Whatton (2-32) and Ward (2-32) put the tie in the hands of the visitors with the score on 85-8.

Forbes (17no) and Gadsby (19no) batted sensibly to see their side to victory with 10 balls to spare.

Ashby Carington 190-6

Bottesford 147-9

ASHBY were inserted by home skipper Irvine and for the first time this season Bottesford were able to put out their strongest XI in a GMCA match.

They made early inroads with strike bowler Irvine removing the Ashby numbers two and three, Troop and Taral respectively, in relatively quick succession. Palmer joined Turakhia and stopped the slide briefly until Turakhia chipped a simple catch to midwicket, having seen off the new ball.

Massarella then joined Palmer in a stabilising 70-run stand which provided the backbone to Ashby’s final total. An excellent partnership between Rope (29no) and Ali (22no), full of quick running and excellent shots, in particular a straight six from Rope, allowed a decent score to be posted – when an adequate total was looking more likely earlier in the innings.

Bottesford’s reply started well in the face of some decent bowling from the Ashby strike pair, with Dyer in particular working up some good pace.

The Bottesford openers came and went and thereafter there was a steady trickle of wickets. At the drinks interval on 20 overs, the asking rate was more than seven runs an over, giving an indication of how tight the Ashby bowlers had been, with Morris coming on for first change and being as equally miserly.

Needing to open up to up the run rate, the Bottesford batsmen started holing out, thus gifting wickets to the Ashby twirlers Taral and Ali who ended up with four wickets and

one wicket respectively. Morris and Dyer finished with two wickets and one wicket apiece.

A particular highlight in the field was a stunning single-handed effort on the boundary by Harby who up until that point had ducked any involvement in the game.

Hewson finished with a sparkling 45 runs, having taken a liking to the rubbish being served up by Massarella as Ashby tried to buy a wicket in an effort to gain maximum points.

In the final analysis, Ashby gained victory by 43 runs to put their challenge on the GMCA Division One title back on track.