CRICKET: Table-topping Grantham triumph

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South Lincs & Border League

Premier Division

Grantham 212-9

Lindum 2nd151 all out

With two games of the season left, Grantham travelled to Lindum Ramblers hoping to maintain their position at the top of the league.

On winning the toss, Lindum decided to bowl on a gloomy day in Lincoln. The Grantham openers both got off to the best possible start, as both Stewart Mudie and Mark Fell hit their half centuries.

The first breakthrough for Lindum came with the score on 135 after W. Marris bowled Mudie for 50. His wicket was quickly followed by the wicket of Josh Mihill off the same bowler.

This brought David Whapplington to the crease to join Fell and both batsmen continued to improve the run rate until Fell was dismissed agonisingly for 99.

Whapplington took the Grantham score past 200 before falling to the bowling of M. Benson.

Grantham then lost a cluster of wickets as they went in search of quick runs .

In reply, Joe Peck got Grantham off to a great start as he dismissed D. Taylor with the score on 10. Both Samuel Peters and Peck bowled well to keep Lindum under lots of pressure.

No more wickets fell until the introduction of spin when Simon Oakes trapped O. Smith LBW. His wicket was then followed by that of danger man S. Sarkar, dismissed by Neel Stevenson with the Lindum score 46-3.

A partnership of 43 followed by W. Marris and G. Watkins until Stevenson caught and bowled Marris.

Lindum then took their score past 100 but were running out of overs, and the reintroduction of Samuel Peters (5-13) ripped through the Lindum middle, taking five wickets in quick succession.

With the light beginning to fade, Grantham were required to use spin bowlers from both ends and this gave the Lindum tail-ender the opportunity to score some runs until Mudie was asked to bowl and took him out thanks to a catch from Gareth Bennett.

This saw Grantham win by 61 runs and importantly take the maximum 20 points meaning that a good win in the final game against Skegness should be enough to win the league.

Division Two

Grantham 3rd 163 all out

Burgh & District 127

Grantham thirds made the long trip to Burgh Le Marsh on Saturday.

They were put into bat and after losing the first wicket cheaply, their skipper dug in for the long haul. Donnellan was to bat for 44 overs, reaching 74 runs. There were contributions from Hackney (26), H. Stevens (24) and Langford (14) along the way.

Grantham reached 163 before tea.

Thanks to the bowling of Hackney (2-18) and Stevens (3-20), Burgh never really got going. Only Hill(27) looked as though he might make an impact, until C. Standen (3-13) was brought into the attack and promptly took his wicket and two others to turn the game.

Grantham & Melton

Association

Division One

Grantham 143-6

Barkby United 142-7

Grantham lost the toss and were asked to have a bowl.

Once again Grantham’s strike bowlers did a brilliant job, piling on the pressure and forcing three run outs, all of which came from R. Kumar.

Grantham were firmly on top with Barkby on 29-3. This brought skipper K. Eales to the crease who batted brilliantly but unfortunately ran out of partners, finishing on an unbeaten 65.

Grantham did not get off to the best of starts, losing early wickets to leave them on 23-2.

Fortunately, the majority of the top order chipped in and managed to rebuild the innings with important stands coming from D. Ashley (35) and R. Johnson (31).

The home side knocked the target off for the loss of six wickets, S. Peters and J. Peck seeing Grantham home.