CRICKET: Grantham CC enjoy solid Lincs league win over Sleaford

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South Lincs & Border League

Premier Division

Grantham 227-4

Sleaford 2nd 69 all out

Grantham’s first team hosted Sleaford 2nd on a glorious day at Gorse Lane.

On winning the toss, the home side had no hesitation in having a bat with the hope of making the Sleaford players wilt in the heat of the day.

Grantham’s opening pair found scoring difficult initially as the Sleaford bowlers bowled a tight line. However, the opening pair of S. Mudie and M. Fell were patient and got their side off to a good start with an opening partnership of 98, before the departure of Mudie for 47.

This brought M. Parmley to the the crease and he was able to carry on with the good start made before departing for 37, and then was quickly followed by Fell for 69 with the score on 171 -3 with five overs remaining.

D. Whapplington added the late impetus to the innings with a quick-fire 45 before departing LBW, but had managed to take the score past 200.

In reply, Sleaford got off to the worst possible start when they lost two wickets in two balls with the score on three, thanks to the impressive bowling of S. Oakes.

With the score on 16, the third wicket fell to J.Peck, quickly followed by four more from Oakes , and a further one from C. Wright to leave the Sleaford side on 36-8.

The ninth wicket proved the most difficult as a partnership of 20 halted Grantham’s progress, before the introduction of spinner N. Stevenson who took the final two wickets.

Division One

Woodlands 73 all out

Grantham 2nd 75-7

Woodlands chose to bat first and were superbly held in check by a very good Grantham attack, led by Adam Parker with 4-13 off nine overs, which included a five over spell where the opposition struggled to lay a bat on him.

He received good support from all the change bowlers which built the pressure, forcing Woodlands to make mistakes, allowing Danny Ashley to chip in with 3- 10.

Grantham worked hard on a surprisingly hot day and were particularly good in the field.

But they were poor with the bat and, after being reduced to 8 -4, 74 looked a long way off.

Two good partnerships were required to negate some good bowling and came via Danny Bates (19) and Alex Kettle who broke the spirit of the Woodlands attack with a well made 30.

Grantham demonstrated a will to win and finally clawed their way to victory with three wickets in hand over a solid Woodlands side who, themselves, had been on a good run of form up until this fixture.

Division Two

Grantham 3rd 111 all out

Boston 3rd 163-8

Boston were put into bat having lost the toss. They set about making the most of the flat track and were quickly up to 50 runs before the first drinks break.

Phil Abbott (3-17) and Alex Hackney (3-25) then swung the advantage back to Grantham. Will Abbott (1-3) kept the tail end quiet.

After a solid start from Dave Langford (23) and Max Everett (15), Grantham lost their way in the middle order as Kevin Brooks (5-34) got in amongst them. Phil Abbott (28no) stepped in to steady the ship late on. Unfortunately it proved to be too late.

Grantham & Melton

Association

Division One

Grantham 99 all out

Bottlesford 100-3

Bottesford won the toss and stuck Grantham into bat.

Bottesford got off to a great start, taking the two openers within the first five overs. Matthew Wing (33) and Rory Johnson (26) stabilised the innings but after another quick flurry of wickets, Grantham found themselves on 74-8.

Mohammed Bhat came in and scored a quick-fire 22.

Bottesford got off to a flying start in chasing down the small total.

The only wickets came from Neil Stevenson. Bottesford chased it down in 28 overs.