CRICKET: Top order lets Grantham down

Grantham & Melton Association

Division One

Grantham 165-7

Belvoir 167-2

HAVING elected to bat on a scorching hot day, Grantham’s top order failed significantly after good bowling from the youthful Belvoir attack.

Grantham found themselves on 45-4 from 15 overs when skipper Adam Shaw (25) came to the crease with the intention of shoring things up. A good partnership then formed with opener Harry Nichols (30) and the visitors moved on to 90 without the loss of another wicket.

Nevertheless, both batsmen fell in consecutive overs, bringing Lewis Kettle to the crease, who smashed 50no in 39 balls, and Ian Mudie (16).

In reply, Grantham needed early wickets but they weren’t forthcoming. Belvoir were well on the way to when Matt Wing tightened things up, taking two wickets in a maiden over.

But the next breakthrough didn’t come and Belvoir opening M. Ebb raced on to 72no to secure the win inside 36 overs.

On a positive note for Grantham, Jack Danford bowled really well, being unlucky to have been hit for 39 off his six overs.

Division Two

Harlaxton 193-5

Colsterworth 192-8

A SECOND wicket stand of 115 between Chris Davidson (62) and Nick Woodhead (44) secured a comfortable win for Harlaxton – but neither played the innings of the match.

That distinction fell to Colsterworth opener Jason Grosse whose 84 including 14 fours and was ended only by a peach of a delivery from Rory Johnson, marking his first weekend bowl of the season with a 3-15 return.

Rob Edwards (28) and Bob Carder (3no) were the only other visiting batsmen to make an impact and their total looked light in the conditions.

Harlaxton were strolling home until a flurry of late wickets saw Ricky Gardner finish with 4-61 and it was left to Mark Sharp (22no) to complete the job.

Kinoulton 197-6

Sproxton 62 all out

KINOULTON won the toss and batted on a hot and sunny afternoon, and their openers were soon in their stride.

Richards and Fox scored at ease until Richards nudged behind to Watchorn, off Dearden, for 23. Tariq joined Fox and they batted carefully on a bowler-friendly wicket.

Jessop bowled Fox (46) and Wiles soon followed lbw to Dearden, before Tariq was deceived by Jessop for 25. At 104-4, youngsters Will Minchin and Mark Towle halted the slide with a stand of 54 before Minchin was bowled by Naylor for 36.

Ruman came in ahead of Holmes and put bat to ball. Towle was out for 30, trying to force the pace, but Holmes and Ruman helped Kinoulton post a healthy total.

Sproxton were happy with the score and expected the wicket to get tougher as the game wore on. Minchin (2-11) claimed the first two wickets and once Ruman (5-11) came on, wickets tumbled with only Bennett (22) and Naylor (18) adding respectability to Sproxton’s tally.

South Notts League

Division G

Collingham 147-8

Belvoir 148-2

JAMES Hinson (41) and Andy Sears (33) took Collingham to 92-1 at four an over.

Belvoir then brought on fourth change Tony Wade. Varying his pace with wit and skill, this doyen of Belvoir CC took 6-34 as Collingham collapsed. Two of these wickets were to fine catches by Will Bradley and Harry Adams.

It was Wade again that started Belvoir’s reply with a typical torrent of batting abuse. His 32 came in 24 balls with six fours and a six (a strike rate of 133 and 94 per cent of his runs in boundaries).

After his departure, the rock-steady Patrick Dyer (44no) gently eased the game away from Collingham.

Later, joined by his pugnacious brother Tony (41no), the pair raced to victory with an unbroken third wicket stand of 73 in 58 balls.

Friendly

Grantham 241-7

Swansea University 123 all out

GRANTHAM played host to a good touring side and having been put into bat, were placed under a lot of pressure by the strike bowlers.

Having found themselves at 37-3 from 10 overs, Grantham were in need of a big innings. Up to the plate stepped Lewis Dann and Matt Wing who put on 140 for the fourth wicket, reaching 74 and 59 respectively.

Quick runs in the last six overs for Adam Shaw and Mark Donnellan, both scoring in the teens, helped Grantham to a sizeaable target for the students.

In reply, the tourists were put under pressure from the off by Ben Freer who took 3-28 off nine overs. He was well supported by Alex King and Dann early on, restricting the Swansea score.

Grantham wrapped up the Swansea innings with two wickets apiece from Jack Danford and Will Taylor.