CRICKET: Grantham ladies host Louth in first long format game of the season

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Grantham Ladies’ XI 125 - 7

Louth Women’s XI 129-6

Grantham Ladies welcomed Louth to Gorse Lane for their first longer format game of the season.

The sun was out for a change and all were keen to make the most of a great day. On winning the toss, Grantham captain Charlotte Cross decided to have a bat.

Opening the batting, Emily Lambe held up one end, whilst wickets fell early at the other, losing three wickets to the arm of Laura Wright’s bowling in just the first few overs.

A partnership then began to form between debutant Susan Radford (12) and Lambe, putting on around 70 runs in total. The wickets then began to fall again, with Lambe falling first ball after the drinks break for a brilliant score of 41, leaving Grantham 90-5 with 18 overs to go.

The introduction of Charli Baynes (5no) saw the innings run rate slow significantly, determined to bat out the overs wherever possible. With a few long standing partnerships between Melissa Hartley (5), Eleanor Bailey (6) and Emily Pigram (4no), Grantham saw the runs increase with the help of a few extras, leading them to finish their 35 overs with a score of 125-7.

After tea, it was the turn of Louth to address the crease.

Opening in a similar fashion to Gratham, Louth lost three early wickets to the hands of Mellissa Hartley’s on the spot bowling (7-3-12-3). Opener Cath Hill had held up the top end, but a wicket from Cross saw Louth fall to 30-4.

The entry of Wright once again saw the luck of Grantham change. A couple more wickets fell at the hands of Baynes (1-25) and Eleanor Bailey (1-23), giving both their first wickets in the Lincolnshire Ladies’ Cricket League.

But the batting performance of Wright was just too much for the Grantham bowling attack.

Performance of the day went to Louth’s Laura Wright who bowled tightly for figures of 7-1-23-4 and an amazing batting score of 66no.

l Next Sunday (June 19), Grantham Cricket Club will host the first of what they hope will become an annual Ladies’ Cricket Tournament.

The club is working hard to create a thriving ladies’ section and their efforts in arranging this tournament alongside Lincolnshire Cricket will help them provide high quality and entertaining cricket for their members and other Lincolnshire Ladies teams.

The club, as always, is open to non-members and visitors with a bar serving cold drinks, teas and coffees throughout the day.

Junior round-up

It was a quiet week for the Grantham CC Juniors, although both the under-10s and under-13s recorded victories. Taylor Fell shone in the under-13 match with 27no.