Cricket: Grantham stay ahead of the pack

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Grantham I 67-3

Moulton Harrox I 66

Grantham Firsts secured a good win at Gorse Lane to maintain their position at the top of the league going into the final two games.

On winning the toss Grantham decided to bowl and it was a sound judgment as Joe Peck quickly bowled Moulton Harrox opener Cusack for nought, followed by Samuel Peters having Barnett caught behind for one.

Moulton Harrox managed to get the score to 20 before Wilson was deceived by Neel Stevenson and stumped.

The wicket of Jack Barnett was the next to fall from the bowling of Peck thanks to Mark Fell taking a good catch.

Peck then dismissed Sexton, and Moulton were in trouble at 22-5. With the score on 33 Peters removed John Barnett ,who was quickly followed by Bayston off Stevenson.

Samuel Peters then got the better of the Moulton captain Beale with the score still only on 40-8.

The ninth wicket frustrated Grantham and took the score to 66 before Fell took two wickets in two balls to wrap up the innings.

In reply, Stewart Mudie batted fluently, scoring 15 before being dismissed by Lavery.

The wicket was quickly followed by the loss of Josh Mihill to the same bowler and when Barnett trapped Wright lbw Grantham were reeling at 18-3.

Tim Mihill, in his first game for the first team, continued to bat well, making 15 not out, but David Whapplington decided the best action was to take the attack to the bowlers and he rattled up an undefeated 35 off 20 balls to see Grantham safely over the line in 12.1 overs.

Grantham play at Lindum this weekend.

Grantham II 173-9

Billingborough II 169-9

Grantham Seconds made the trip to Billingborough, knowing that a win would take them to the top of the league.

Billingborough batted first and got away to a decent start, with veteran Pete Simmons punishing some wayward bowling, before Danny Ashley (4-43) restored order with support from Rahul Kumar (3-29) and Ady Wing (2-25).

Billingborough posted a challenging 169, which looked a long way away after the quick loss of both of Grantham’s opening batsmen. The in-form Alex Kettle turned things around with 46, putting the bowlers under pressure, but after Danny Ashley went for 35 and Danny Bates for 29, it could have gone either way with Grantham at 148-8.

Grantham eventually found themselves able to have a go and the last pair of Louis Greetham (17 no) and Rahul Kumar attacked to secure a fantastic win with one ball to spare.

Grantham Sunday II 248-8

Melton Mowbray 50

Grantham Seconds arrived at Melton Mowbray with players aged between 61 to 12.

They opened with father and son Mark and Jaden Fell for the first time.

After photographs the event was cut short by a snorter of a ball to Jaden who was bowled. Replaced by Dave Langford, Grantham made excellent progress before Mark Fell was out for 78 to be replaced by Tim Mihill (52).

Dave Langford scored an excellent 58 and the innings closed on 248-9.

Rahul and Louis Greetham bowled fast and true, taking 3-17 and 2-15 respectively.

They were well supported by Fergus Myles and Jared Hackney and the final wicket was taken by Jaden Fell, bowling well to leave Melton all out for 50.