Grantham & Melton Association
Ashby Carington 2nd 109 all out
Croxton Kerrial 110-5
This top versus bottom of the table clash was a match that did not follow the script.
Returning after a few weeks out, Dave Crossland was handed the new ball and very quickly began to rip his way through the Ashby top order.
None of the top seven batsmen had any answer to the movement, bounce and variety that he offered.
His bowling was backed up by excellent fielding, as all six of his wickets were superbly held around the bat, including three by wicket keeper Nigel Howitt. And then a superb diving one-handed catch by veteran Chris Jeary gave Crossland his first career hat trick.
The Ashby innings eventually capitulated at 109 and, despite a sticky start, the home side cantered home with five wickets to spare thanks in main to a 56 fourth wicket partnership between Leon Aylin (26) and Anthony Richardson (37no). The result lifted Croxton out of the bottom two in the division.
Grantham 182 all out
On winning the toss, Grantham elected to bat, which seemed to pay off early on with Stewart Mudie playing some classy shots
After a couple of wickets, David Whaplington went to the crease and played an array of shots to make a well earned 44. Charles Wright ran himself out for 49 for Grantham to then have a collapse for 7-32, with Simon Oakes posting a helpful contribution.
In reply, Belvoir started strongly, not losing a wicket for 15 overs and scoring on the loose balls. Neil Stevenson made the breakthrough, taking the wicket of E. Coulthard.
Sammy Peters bowled an aggressive nine-over spell for 2-31, but the total was not enough with Tom Neville scoring 65 and Lewis Dann 48no out, seeing Belvoir take the 20 points.
South Lincs & Border League
Grantham 2nd 251-4
Heckington 67 all out
Grantham hosted Heckington knowing they needed a win to keep up pressure on the league leaders.
After losing the toss, Grantham were inserted and it looked a good decision after they lost two early wickets.
Alex Kettle then joined Ollie Clawson and set about putting pressure back on the visiting bowlers. Kettle, yet again, reached 40 before being bowled. Danny Ashley took up where Kettle left off and helped push the score along before bring bowled for a sprightly 28.
His dismissal brought vice-captain Danny Bates to the crease and attacked Heckington with some powerhouse batting, whilst the classy Clawson accumulated runs at the other end.
Grantham declared their innings in the 42nd over with Bates on 58no, but the star of the show was 17-year-old Clawson who carried his bat for 100.
Heckington’s reply started solidly until the introduction of Louis Greetham who bowled with accuracy and sharpness to dismiss both openers, before finishing with the impressive figures of 5-15, helping to dismiss Heckington for 67 and giving Grantham the full 20 points.