South Lincs & Border League
Grantham caused an upset in the Premier Division, inflicting a heavy defeat on league leaders Boston at Gorse Lane and, in doing so, moved themselves into the top half of the table.
On winning the toss, Grantham decided to bowl hoping that the cloud cover may help their bowlers. This decision was soon justified as Samuel Peters produced a devastating spell of bowling, taking four wickets in his first three overs which left the Boston team reeling at 8-4.
At the other end, Adam Parker bowled with excellent control and very much kept the pressure on the Boston batsman, taking two valuable wickets thanks to the excellent slip catching of Cleton Payne.
The first change bowlers for Grantham followed up superbly and did not let Boston get any foothold in the game, with Danny Ashley taking three wickets and Neel Stevenson one. Rory Johnson kept wicket excellently with five catches.
In reply, Grantham lost a couple of early wickets but Martin Parmley batted with great authority to score 45no. With some big hitting from Peter Abraham, Grantham were able to seal victory by seven wickets.
The result subjected Boston to only their second loss of the season and showed the true capabilities of this Grantham side.
Grantham 2nd 179-8
Boston 3rd 116-9
Grantham’s second string completed a great Saturday for the club, one that Boston will want to forget.
Batting first, Grantham made a steady start thanks to 29 from Adam Shaw. This was then further improved by the middle order of Will Stevens scoring 35 and Danny Bates 44.
The visitors finished their 45 overs off strongly thanks to 18 quick runs from captain Alex Hackney.
In reply, Boston got off to a positive start with P. Hallam and K. Kippy opening scoring 24 and 25 respectively. This partnership was broken by Alex Hackney who finished with 3-13.
Grantham took wickets at regular intervals thanks to good bowling from Phil Abbott (2-30), Harvey Stevens (2-29) and Ryan Wilson-Law (2-20), leaving the home side well short of their target.
Grantham & Melton Association
Grantham’s Sunday XI knew that a win against Welby would give the club a clean sweep of weekend wins.
Having won the toss, Grantham set about the Welby batsmen with great intensity and some probing lines from strike bowlers D. Ashley and H. Stevens. Ashley took the big wicket of M. Whatton (17) in the sixth over, taking two more wickets in his 10-over spell, conceding just 16 runs. Stevens took the wicket of the other opener M. Orrey (22), leaving Welby reeling on 56-4 after 20 overs.
N. Bottomley (47) and R. Greenfield (31) set about rebuilding the Welby innings. M. Wing took the wicket of Bottomley in the 36th over and Grantham picked up two more wickets – one apiece for Wing and G. Bennett. Grantham’s fielding was brilliant, with all seven Welby wickets being caught.
In reply, Grantham got off to a flyer courtesy off a fine display from Stewart Mudie (103no), who was ably supported early on by Adam Shaw (12). R. Johnson quickly followed the loss of Shaw, bringing to the crease M. Wing (33no) who further supported Mudie.
Mudie played elegantly throughout his innings, playing shots all over the field, and fittingly hit the winning runs in the 27th over.
South Notts League
Radcliffe on Trent 232-7
Against determined Belvoir bowling many Radcliffe batsmen made starts only to fall to some smart catching. But when Rob Sutton (47) was joined by the Eddie Torr (40), the runs flowed more freely as they added 66 for the fifth wicket.
Torr was eventually well caught by Lewis Dann off Lyndon James who then himself caught Sutton off James Fellows. Unfortunately for Belvoir, this brought Jordan Harbottle (28no) and Tom Crosse (29) together in a crash-bang partnership of 53 from 29 balls. Both were fearless in their pursuit of the boundary and gave great entertainment.
The pick of Belvoir’s bowling came from the persistent Dann (2-43) and some early niggardly overs from Danny Gibson (1-18).
First to tackle the Radcliffe total were Olly Clayfield (41) and James Fellows (28). The former set about digging himself in while Fellows busied himself with his usual panache.
Enter Lewis Dann (43) to take on the role that Fellows had vacated. With his captain he had added 44 for the fourth wicket when Clayfield was bowled by a beaut.
At this point the match was finely balanced. Radcliffe’s lightweight Connor Marshall tipped that balance his team’s way with an inspired spell of guileful bowling (5-29). Only Dann and Belvoir’s diminutive keeper Danny Ross (14) showed any further resistance.