CRICKET: Confident Grantham chase down Grimsby with ease as they look to return to the top

Neel Stevenson bowls at Grimsby Town on Saturday. Photo: Toby Roberts
Neel Stevenson bowls at Grimsby Town on Saturday. Photo: Toby Roberts
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Lincolnshire ECB Premier League

Grantham 1st XI 108-0

Grimsby Town 1st XI 105

Grantham welcomed Grimsby to Gorse Lane on the back of a big win against Sleaford.

With confidence high, Grantham looked to build some momentum into the final third of the season.

Grantham captain Dan Webb lost the toss and was given instructions to warm up the bowlers as Grimsby chose to have a bat. It was a less than impressive performance from the Grimsby batsmen with only Steven Crossley (42) breaking double figures.

Grantham’s bowlers bowled with consistency and patience on a batting friendly wicket and continued to build pressure effectively. Neel Stevenson (1-34) took a wicket with his first ball of the game in the second over to dismiss Jack Wilson, and fellow spinner James Keast (3-38) challenged the Grimsby middle order.

Strike bowler Joe Peck (5-20) collected the best figures of the day with Danny Ashley (1-10) claiming the final scalp.

The second half of the game seemed to be played on a different pitch, such was the ease with which Grantham’s openers chased the Grimsby total, with 108 runs notched up in under 15 overs, shared between Ross Carnelley (42no) and James Dobson (61no). The ball crossed the boundary 17 times in a clinical and ruthless run chase.

Grantham collected the full 20 points for the comprehensive victory and will travel to Lindum full of confidence as they continue their efforts to return to the top of the table.

South Lincs & Border League

Premier Division

Bourne 2nd XI 130

Grantham 2nd XI 133-3

Grantham met Bourne at Abbey Lawn for a game against their middle of the table compatriots.

After losing the toss, Grantham were asked to have a bowl on what looked to be a decent batting wicket. The decision at the toss didn’t, however, go the way of Bourne, as wickets fell steadily throughout the innings at the hands of some tight bowling from the Grantham attack.

Opener George Hartley (17) propped up one end of the batting, whilst Adam Parker (4-31) and Rahul Kumar (2-53) took out the other batsmen. After the fall of Hartley’s wicket, then entered David Christmas who put in a steady 28, but the bowling of Will Abbot (1-23) and Charles Wright (3-18) saw the Bourne side fall for just 130 off 32.2 overs.

Bourne then took to the field to defend a smaller total than for which they had hoped. The early loss of opener Stewart Mudie for Grantham was a blow, but this did not dampen their spirit. Martin Parmley joined James Cameron-Clarke (15) at the crease and the runs flowed steadily.

JCC fell at the hand of a caught and bowled from Adam Binns, and Ollie Clawson (4) went shortly afterwards.

With 50 more required, Grantham knuckled down to see Charles Wright (21no) and Parmley (55no) reach the target in less than 30 overs, gaining 20 much needed points.

Division One

Grantham 3rd XI 147-6

Moulton Harrox 1st XI 151-7

Grantham travelled to Moulton and chose to bat first.

The start of the innings was quite turgid in the face of some tight bowling and only the ever-reliable Ian Robinson made any sort of contribution with an excellent 64. Harry Robinson (14) and Craig Corby (18no) chipped in to help the total along to 147.

Moulton lost a wicket in the first over but recovered well, Jack Barnett looking comfortable until Charlotte Cross picked up his wicket.

Lewis Bromfield then settled into an excellent spell of 4-27 off 11 overs as Moulton went from a comfortable position to finally knocking off the required runs for seven wickets.

Rutland League

John Wilcox Cup semi-final

Grantham Sunday 1st XI 225

Barnack 1st XI 155

Grantham hosted First Division Barnack in the semi-finals of the John Wilcox Cup and chose to bat first.

Dan Webb (54) and Jamie Brumby put pressure on Barnack’s bowlers with contributions from Matt Wing and Stewart Mudie helping the total along to 217, with Brumbie finishing on 72.

Barnack’s reply didn’t really get going as the Grantham bowlers bowled good lines, particularly Rahul Kumar with 2-23 off 10 overs. He was well supported by Neel Stevenson with 25-1 off 10 overs.

Skipper James Dobson then mopped up the tail with tidy figures of 3-12, leaving Barnack well short.

Grantham will grace the final on August Bank Holiday Monday at Barnack against Oundle.