CRICKET: Sheardown rolls back the years in Belton Park defeat

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South Lincs & Border League

Division Two

Belton Park 2nd 116

Pinchbeck 117-3

Belton could only muster eight players, with five over the age of 50, for their trip to play Pinchbeck.

As two of the players got lost en route and ended up in Long Sutton, it was fortunate Belton batted first.

Unfortunately Pinchbeck’s experienced left arm seamer Andy Beeston (4-29) was on top form, moving the ball both ways, as Belton subsided to 34-4 with only Richard Cocks (10) able to hang around long enough to reach double figures.

Enter the man for a crisis, Andy Sheardown, as he rolled back the years with a destructive 50 in typical style, almost entirely in boundaries. He was supported by Micky Coulson (14) and Jonathan O’Shea Pilkington (13) as Belton reached a respectable 116.

Sheardown (2-28) and Coulson (1-37) then bowled in tandem for 24 overs and, aided by keen fielding from the few, restricted Pinchbeck to 69-3, a tremendous effort in the circumstances.

Unfortunately, the second string bowlers were not quite able to match their efforts as Pinchbeck eased home.

Opener Danny Jackson (68n.) played a well controlled innings to shepherd his side to victory.