Grantham & Melton Association
AFTER winning the toss on a rare sunny day with an even rarer dry wicket, the home side won the toss and chose to bat against a strong Pickwell bowling line-up.
From the start, Buckminster openers Jonny Murdoch and Jack Berry looked to play their shots. The pair hit the ball to all parts of the ground, putting on 246 for the first wicket before Berry was out to a good catch from Steve Burton off Smith for 125 from 102 balls.
Jamie Morgan continued the onslaught with Murdoch until the latter was caught off the bowling of Freckingham for 145. Allen (13no) and a 23-ball 49 from Morgan completed the innings.
After tea, the visitors lost Smith for a duck, bowled by Stafford. This brought Freckingham to join Rose and the pair kept up with the run rate for the next 16 overs before Freckingham was bowled by Garrett for a well made 73.
Once Rose went for 53, Waldron made 22 and an entertaining 37 from Clayton was not enough for Pickwell.
GRANTHAM won the toss and bowled first. This looked to be the right decision when Sproxton were reduced to 30-3.
However, a mid-order recovery from S. Naylor (39) and S. Jessop (60) took the hosts to 90-3 before A. Imber (4-14) including a hat trick. The third wicket saw a full length dive off his own bowling. A. Wing (2-25) and A. Mudie (3-93) also took wickets.
Grantham got off to a shaky start when they lost an early wicket to F. Beardley. However, M. Wing (24) and S. Mudie helped steady the ship. S. Mudie carried his bat for a solid 61 and D. Ashley also weighed in with a quickfire 37no as Grantham cruised to their target inside 34 overs.
Belvoir Colts 122 all out
Foston 116 all out
PUT in to bat on wet wicket, Belvoir Colts struggled with the conditions with only Sam Penford getting into double figures with an excellent knock of 83 runs.
The pick of the Foston bowlers was Andrew Nicholson with 3-22 off five overs.
With a small target to defend, Luke Holdsworth continued his excellent form from last week’s nine-wicket haul with a miserly spell of 2-14 off 10 overs, ably supported by Sam Penford (4-27) and George Tebbutt (1-36).
Andrew Nicholson looked to be bringing Foston home, but a two-over spell from Rosie Penford claimed the last two wickets.
South Lincs & Border League
Welby 156 all out
Billingborough 2nd 37 all out
JONNY Durham led Welby to a 119-run victory with a six-wicket haul after good knocks from Meadows, Youles and Tickler set the game up for Welby.
Welby’s top order were in determined mood with first Tickler (21), then Youles (49) and Meadows (50) performing admirably to negate the wet wicket and new ball combination.
After an excellent start, the middle order squandered the opportunity of a score close to 200 as Whatton, Gilbert, Bottomley, Sumner and Durham all perished in quick succession.
Spence saved the day and in company with Sloss saw Welby past the 150 mark with a season-high 10. The Welby bowling display that followed ensured that the hard work of Tickler, Youles and Meadows was not wasted. Skipper Whatton took the new ball, bowling 12 on the bounce, taking a miserly 3-8. Sloss was almost as economical with 1-14 off 7.3, but star of the show was Jonathan Durham who ripped through the Billingborough middle order and tail, taking 6-6 in his seven-over spell.
The win kept Welby top of Division Two with a game in hand and a 22-point lead over Spalding 2nd, and 25-points ahead of Boston 2nd.
South Notts League
HUCKNALL’S accuracy put the squeeze on Belvoir’s openers, restricting them to 36 for 3 from the first 19 overs.
Belvoir’s fightback began with an aggressive 40 from Paul Chadwick who decided that valour was the better part of discretion. He was supported by Patrick Dyer (40) in a measured innings of great maturity. But the batting highlight of the innings was a 22-ball 36 from Sam Cliff, including three skyscapers that pinged off the bat.
In reply, James Keywood (4-44) took the first of three wickets in successive overs. Belvoir’s Scott Boswell ran in tirelessly for 14 overs conceding only 26 runs, beating the bat on many occasions but having little luck.
Lee Fazackerley and James Fellows took wickets in successive overs to put Hucknall back on the back foot at 136-7.
Needing 15 runs to win, Hucknall number 10 Joel Wright who scored 14 of them to secure the two wicket victory.
Rolls Royce Leisure 2nd 136 all out
DAN Robinson won the toss on a dampish track and stuck Rolls Royce in to bat.
His call was seen to be correct as Rolls Royce Leisure finished all out in 34.3 overs. The bowlers all played their role in the attack with Phil Irvine and Mike Fowler taking three wickets apiece, and Simon Silverwood and Tom Talbot taking two each to close the innings.
The Bottesford innings started well with Simon Rickett and Paul Claricoats adding quickly to the score. There was however a middle order collapse and only steadfast batting from Mike Fowler (42no) and young Will Seymour (4no) enabled Bottesford to take what seemed like an unlikely victory and add another 18 points to their tally for the season, cementing second place in the league.