Grantham & Melton Association
Bingham 161 all out
Croxton Kerrial 102
Croxton Kerrial won the toss and elected to bowl on a blustery afternoon.
They soon made inroads into the home side’s batting line-up, Anthony Richardson taking two quick wickets, ably supported by Leon Aylin from the other end.
Richardson was eventually replaced by the veteran Chris Jeary who, bowling his off-breaks, began to weave a web of confusion around the Bingham batsmen.
For the visitors, only Aussie Morley was able to adapt, making a solid 88
Jeary returned career best figures of 5-69.
In reply, the visitors always struggled against the accurate bowling of Morley, Farrell and Cox and only Danny Aylin, returning to the Croxton side after an absence of 18 months due to injury, was able to find the boundaries with ease.
He notched a quickfire 30 but the the visitors fell 59 runs short.
Belton Park 85-9
Grantham’s Sunday first XI were keen to make amends against Belton Park in their first home fixture of the league.
Grantham won the toss and elected to bowl on a difficult batting wicket.
A miserly opening spell gave Grantham control from the start and leg spinner Neel Stevenson exploited the conditions to finish with figures of 4-18 off his 8.4 overs.
A wag from the tail pushed the visitors’ innings total to a modest 85.
Despite some good bowling from the Belton Park strikes, the visitors’ score proved too low to defend and 31no from Grantham captain Matthew Wing pushed the home side over the line to victory.