CRICKET: Grantham CC get season off to a flying start

Grantham CC are from left, back - Neel Stevenson, James Dobson, Ross Carnelly, Joe Peck, Danyal Bazmi and Gary Senior; front - Matthew Wing, James Keast, Daniel Freeman (Captain), Ben Powell and Jamie Brumby.
Grantham CC are from left, back - Neel Stevenson, James Dobson, Ross Carnelly, Joe Peck, Danyal Bazmi and Gary Senior; front - Matthew Wing, James Keast, Daniel Freeman (Captain), Ben Powell and Jamie Brumby.
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Lincolnshire ECB Premier League

Grantham 278-6

Bourne 156

Grantham got off to a flying start in the 2016 campaign with a comprehensive win over Bourne.

On his debut as Grantham captain, Dan Freeman started with a minor victory when he won the toss and elected to bat first. Hoping for a strong start, debutants Ross Carnelly (74) and James Dobson (48) strode to the wicket and scored freely throughout the first 15 overs.

It was in the 19th over that the partnership of 104 was broken by Matthew Kidd. Grantham’s innings stalled at that point as Ben Collins (4-76) bowled with control and variation. When Ben Powell came to the crease, however, Bourne struggled to contain the scoring rate and he batted freely for 72no off just 59 deliveries.

The innings built to a crescendo with contributions from James Keast and Brumby until Grantham ran out of overs.

Bourne were going to need a solid start to their innings if they were to stand any chance of chasing the total down; and when the fourth ball of the innings kept low and skittled opener Archie Stroud, it looked to get even tougher.

Pete Morgan (30) battled hard against a strong Grantham bowling attack but, as wickets fell around him, he too succumbed to the bowling of Freeman. Robert Dunn (35) carried on working hard until he was dismissed by youngster Keast, as Bourne eventually fell in the 41st over.

South Lincs & Border League

Division Two

Grantham 4th 53

Spalding 3rd 55-0

It was not the best start to the season and after losing the toss on a damp wicket, Grantham were put in to bat.

The conditions, which included rain and hail, saw a steady stream of wickets fall. Jaden Fell was the only Grantham batsman to show any defiance with a sound 22 runs.

Spalding then showed how to deal with the conditions and strolled in without loss in reply.

Rutland and District League

Grantham Sunday 311-6

Uffington 156

As newcomers to the league, Grantham travelled to Uffington hoping to get their campaign off to a positive start.

Adrian Wing stepped in as captain for the day and, despite losing the toss, was happy to be batting in the first innings.

Uffington made early inroads to the Grantham batting line-up, dismissing Stewart Mudie in the second over and James Dobson (35) in the seventh.

But their run of luck ran out when Jamie Brumby (130) and Ben Powell (109no) combined for a third wicket partnership of 255. A truly measured and fluent batting performance from the pair saw Grantham pass 300 before the innings was brought to a close.

With a large target to aim for, Uffington had a lot to do. However, the size of the boundaries and pace of the pitch gave Uffington hope throughout the innings.

It looked less likely when, after 10 overs they had amassed just 40 runs, but that was before captain Tom Bentley came to the crease. He set about the Grantham bowlers, dispatching them to all parts until Uffington needed just 35 from the final five overs.

At this point, strike bowler Joe Peck was thrown the ball and took the key wicket of Tom Bentley (139 from 85) for just a single run.

The balance swayed back and forth but, in the final over, Grantham managed to rescue victory by just five runs in an incredible game to start the Sunday league season.