South Lincs & Border League
Moulton Harrox 109
Grantham continued their unbeaten home record for the season on Saturday with a convincing 150-run win over Moulton Harrox.
On winning the toss, Grantham made the brave decision to bat first in cloudy conditions. Despite losing opener Martin Parmley for 11, the Grantham batsman soon showed that the correct decision was made.
For the second week running, Cleton Payne and Gaz Bennett put on a partnership of more than 100 runs before the latter went for 54.
A few quick wickets followed as the batsman tried to increase the rate further but Payne continued to bat superbly to get a well deserved century before being toppled on 122 with Grantham in a commanding position.
In reply, Moulton Harrox struggled to cope with the pace of Samuel Peters (3-31) and the swing of Danny Ashley (2-43) meant that the run chase never really got started.
The only real resistance came from J. Cornwall (23) but when he was dismissed by Ady Wing, the wickets continued to fall at regular intervals. The flight and guile of Neel Stevenson (4-16) was too much for the Moulton Harrox lower order batsman and this sealed yet another win at Gorse Lane.
South Notts League
Radcliffe on Trent 189-5
Eddie Torr (4-47) and Simon Ward made good use of early bounce and movement on the Belvoir square and were unlucky not to have three or four wickets in the first half dozen overs.
However, Olly Clayfield (65) and Tom Neville slowly came to terms with the conditions. The former’s innings was peppered with his customary driving through the covers, and the latter’s with powerful back-foot hitting until he perished to a fine catch in the gully by Torr.
The next three batsmen all got in and got out as the Radcliffe fielding continued to impress. Tony Dyer then played a resolute innings of 20, easing the score to 148-5.
Radcliffe captain Rob Sutton brought back the penetrating Torr who took wickets in both of his first two overs. Sutton (2-17) chipped in with a couple of his own, ending Dyer’s resistance
Fraser Fentem found the edge of Michael Bratt’s bat to give keeper Ryan Lewis a neat catch in the second over of Radcliffe’s reply.
This brought Kunal Jogia to the crease. His busy attitude and Jack Russell terrier pugnacity were a delight to behold as he flicked, scampered and battered his way to the top score of 68.
He was aided by a more traditional innings of 25 from Lui Holliday and 43 from Sutton.
Belvoir 2nd 212-9
Caythorpe 3rd 180
Ross Denton took over the Belvoir captaincy at Caythorpe and elected to bat after winning the toss.
Harry Adams and Danny Ross made a solid start before the former was undone. Ross battled along with the rest of the top order who found it difficult to get the ball away.
The outfield was fast and when gaps were found, Bradley and Denton were not shy. A middle order attack from Butterworth and Alex Ingram relieved some pressure.
In reply, an early wicket but Belvoir on top but Caythorpe number three Patidar took his side to 85-1 from 13 overs.
Adams and Forbes turned the screw with the ball and the spin of Denton (6-24) worked through the Caythorpe middle order. Penford slowed the run rate further.
Grantham & Melton Association
Barkby United 82
Buckminster stretched their winning start to the season with a 199-run hammering of Barkby.
Jon Senescall (74), Alex Sears (78) and Andy Roberts (31no) laid the platform for a big total for their bowlers to defend.
Alex Forbes’s seven over spell of 4-3 saw the visitors immediately on the back foot, with Stafford (2-22) offering assistance.
Syston Town 152-7
Harlaxton hosted Syston fielding just nine players and elected to bat after winning the toss.
Davidson and Gray (5) saw out the Syston strikes and the new ball. Gray’s demise brought Chalk to the crease and he and Davidson kept the scoreboard ticking over before Chalk fell. Middle order innings from Horton (19) and Averill (7) took the home side over 100.
Parker replaced Averill and scored a quickfire 60 from just 20 balls. Davidson was finally bowled for 81 and later contributions of 18no from Sharp and 5no from Leadenham took Harlaxton to their second highest score of the season.
The Syston openers worked the ball well until Gray made the breakthrough with an LBW. Other bowling contributions included Davidson (1-33), Parker (3-27) and Chalk (2-18).
Grantham sent out a strong message about their promotion aspirations by beating high-flying rivals Bingham convincingly.
Having won the toss, Bingham chose to bat and got off to a good start. However S. Peters dismissed the dangerous D. McCall (14) early on, and was well supported by N. Stevenson who kept the cap on the Bingham runs, with five maidens in his 10 over spell. He took three of the top five batsmen in the process, courtesy of two sharp catches from P. Abraham and A. Shaw, and an absolute ripper which took the top of middle stump.
C. Standen then came to the forefront, taking three wickets in a delightful over for Grantham, destroying the Bingham middle order in the process. The final two wickets were taken by M. Wing who finished on 2-3 off 1.3 overs.
In reply, Grantham openers D. Ashley (36no) and C. Payne (92no) got off to a steady start, but soon accelerated the scoring rate. Payne hit 14 fours and two sixes and was well supported by D. Ashley.
Melton Town 102
Croxton Kerrial 103-7
Looking for a third straight home win and buoyed by recent bowling demolitions, the home side had no qualms in putting Melton in to bat.
The visitors soon had both openers back in the hutch, one piece to Richardson and Crossland. Next in was the dangerous Taylor, but he was no match for the league’s leading wicket taker Richardson, who bowled
him neck and crop with a superb slower delivery.
Malc Brown offered some resistance but he was undone by a quicker ball from Aylin, superbly caught by Clement-Sutcliffe behind the stumps.
Luke Porter took his first wickets of the season, Humphries caught behind and Whitfield LBW. In between, skipper Aylin chipped in with 4-21, Richardson returning 3/19.
In reply, despite struggling early on to Taylor, now getting exaggerated help from the pitch, an eighth wicket partnership of 60 between Anthony Richardson and Hamster Harrop saw the home side comfortably past the line in the 33rd over.
Croxton bowlers now occupy the top three spots in the league’s wicket takers and remain unbeaten at home.