ECB Premier League
Woodhall Spa 150-1
It was a day to forget for Grantham’s first XI as they played their first home game of the league season.
Grantham welcomed Woodhall Spa and, after losing the toss, were asked to bat first on a green, seaming wicket. After a promising start with the top three of Dan Webb (24), Stewart Mudie (31) and Rohan Nurse (47) playing positively, it was all change when the wickets started to tumble.
Malinga Bandara (6-49) did the damage and Grantham’s remaining batsman failed to reach to double figures.
In reply, Woodhall only needed three batsmen to cross the line, and Joe Peck claimed the only wicket for Grantham.
South Lincs & Border League
Grantham 2nd 192
Woodhall Spa 2nd 186
Grantham won the toss and had no hesitation batting first on an absolute belter of a track.
Ollie Clawson (19) and Martin Parmley got off to a solid start before losing Clawson on 65. Debutant Dave Richardson then joined Parmley as they added nearly 60 for the second wicket, before the classy Parmley fell for 80.
Richardson and Danny Ashley added 25 apiece before the innings stuttered to a close for a below par tally, in the face of some very tidy bowling from Hasslam and Timby, the latter of which picked up seven wickets.
Ashley (2-45) removed the dangerous Sergeant, but Woodhall kept the pressure on with good partnerships and looked favourites to chase down Grantham’s total until the reintroduction of Rahul Kumar turned the tide in Grantham’s favour. His spell of 5-37, along with his part in the run out for the final wicket, saw Grantham edge home by the small margin of six runs.
Grantham 3rd 139-9
On losing the toss, Grantham were put into bat and got off to a solid start before the first wicket fell on 31.
Wickets continued to fall, however, two of Grantham youngsters, Jake Unsworth (26) and Joe Starbucks (26), brought a partnership of 50 runs. But with no other players making any significant contributions, the innings crumbled.
Welby’s reply was never troubled, with little swing from the ball and the pitch flattening out, only Craig Corby and Louis Greetham were able to pick up a wicket.
Bracebridge Heath hosted the first round of the Winkworth Cup on Bank Holiday Monday, with Grantham and Sleaford playing in the first of the three-way competition.
Grantham won the toss and decided to bat. Oliver Clawson was unable to score before he was dismissed by Oliver Smith, but the show was stolen by Karanjit Bansal who charged to an unbeaten 93 from 59 balls. There was no need for the other batsman to do anything but rotate strike and allow Bansal to do his work.
The final total of 154 was about par considering the fast outfield but Sleaford fancied their chances as they came out to bat.
Captain Oliver Burford (39) and Ben Lambert (50) did the majority of the damage for Sleaford but wickets fell in quick succession, and six off the final ball to tie the match was beyond Sleaford’s reach.
After Bracebridge had also beaten Sleaford, it was a straight “winner takes all” affair when Grantham and Bracebridge took to the field.
The home side batted first and the openers set them off to a flyer, scoring freely until Danny Ashley (1-6) had Paul Cook caught at mid-off. Carl Stubbs (42) kept Grantham honest with some excellent strokeplay and smart running, as Bracebridge amassed 147 runs in their 20 overs.
When Grantham went to bat, however, it was as though Bansal had never stopped batting. The ball disappeared to all parts of the ground as he and David Whapplington (41) chipped away at the Bracebridge total.
With the exception of a small wobble from Grantham in the final overs, it was a convincing victory and Bansal provided a T20 masterclass to the astonished crowd. He ended the second game with 89 from 52 balls.