CRICKET: Grantham CC 2nd string are crowned league champions

Grantham CC 2nd XI
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South Lincs & Border League

Division One

Grantham 2nd 221-6

Woodlands 46 all out

Grantham started the last game of the season knowing anything above nine points would give them the title.

Losing the toss, Grantham got off to a shocker and were soon in trouble at 39-4 which was credit to some great seam bowling.

It needed a good partnership after Martin Parmley fell for 21 and it came from Danny Ashley (29) and Danny Bates.

The pair saw off the Woodlands attack and then timed their counter perfectly until Ashley fell, bringing the swashbuckling Addy Parker to the crease.

His shot-a-ball 24 contributed to a match winning tally, with the hard-hitting Bates finishing on 113no.

The reply went to script with Sammy Peters nipping out the first two wickets before Parker weighed in with the ball, claiming 4-13 to steamroller Woodlands for 46.

This completed an epic week in Grantham Cricket Club’s history, with both the first and second teams being crowned champions of their respective divisions.

Division Two

Grantham 3rd 133 all out

Claypole 137-7

For the final game of the season, Grantham travelled to Claypole needing three points to take them up to fifth in the league.

Batting first, only Phil Abbott (34), Rahul Kumar (35) and Harvey Stevens (13) made any headway.

In reply, Claypole got off to the worst possible start losing both openers for ducks to the rapid bowling of Kumar (30-3 off 6) and he soon had a third wicket at 12-3. Claypole then rallied and limped home to finish seven wickets down.

Grantham have finished a credible fifth in the league this year. The youngsters in the side have developed during the season and delivered some solid performances. The more senior players have chipped in with some valuable runs and wickets. Towards the end of the season the team have delivered their best run of results for some years.

Grantham & Melton Association

Division One

Grantham 132-8

Houghton-on-the-Hill - 136-6

Last game of the season and Grantham stuck to tradition by losing the toss, and were asked to bat.

A gritty partnership between Ady Wing (16) and Danny Ashley (43) was followed by a great fight from M. Wing (17) and S. Oakes (23) but ultimately Grantham struggled to push on for runs through the tight bowling attack.

Houghton then got off to a shaky start with the bat, finding themselves 47-3, but the small total set never looked in any real danger, and they chased the target down for the loss of six wickets to be crowned champions.

Grantham 2nd are from left, back – Jake Unsworth, Oliver Clawson, Danny Bates, Louis Greetham, Sam Peters and Alex Kettle; front – Adam Parker, Danny Ashley, captain Adrian Wing, Martin Parmley and Matthew Wing

Other players who have contributed this year are Paul Johnson, Josh Mihill, Rory Johnson, Fergus Myles, Phill Abbott, Will Abbott, Rahul Kumar, Adam Shaw, Alex Cross, Charlotte Cross, Greg Mihill, Mohammad Bhat, Harvey Stevens, Mark Donnellan, Jared Hackney, Alex Hackney, Max Everett, Will Leadenham, Jordan Grosse, James O’Neill, Rohan Nurse and David Langsford.