South Lincs & Border League
GRANTHAM got back to winning ways with a resounding win over Bourne at Gorse Lane.
Grantham won the toss and had first use of a good track. Martin Parmley and Stewart Mudie had to apply themselves initially in the face of some tidy bowling but both punished the ball well, with Mudie racing to his half-century first.
Parmley then reached his 50 before being cleaned up by the opposing captain. Paul Chadwick went quite early and it was left to Mudie and Lewis Dann (26) to push the total on, with Mudie carrying his bat for 146.
Bourne were always going to be up against it and after Joe Farmer (3-43) dismissed Xipu, a steady procession then followed, with Andy Dann (3-43) and Ady Wing’s 2-22 dismissing any hope the visitors may have had of chasing down the mammoth total.
Grantham 2nd 166 all out
Moulton Harrox 167-8
GRANTHAM won the toss and elected to bat. The top order struggled to get going. Rory Johnson (14) and Lewis Dann (32) both looked comfortable before unforced errors saw their wickets fall.
It was left to skipper Mark Donnellan (53no) to carry the side to a reasonable total.
In the field, Grantham soon had Moulton in trouble with Rory Johnson (2-55) bowling with pace and guile. The Moulton skipper was out off his bowling to a diving one-handed catch by Jack Danford.
Jack Barnett (58) pulled the game back for Moulton until Danford struck again with a caught and bowled. The wickets continued to fall with Lewis Dann, Alex Hackney and Jack Danford getting two apiece.
Grantham had a run-out decision overruled when the umpire decided a four had been misfielded. This was a turning point for the home side who then managed a shaky conclusion with only two wickets remaining.
Notts Cricket Board
Belvoir 175 all out
West Indian Cavaliers 177-4
WEST Indian Cavaliers won at a canter but plain figures do not always tell a full story in a match which at times was bad tempered.
After an early wicket, Jack Copley and Darren Bicknell progressed at a comfortable rate until Saqlain Mustaq defeated Copley with the score on 64.
With the score on 132 and Bicknell on 75, a competitive score was on the cards, but a needless run-out scuppered those thoughts and the eventual tally was an under par 175.
An early wicket by Lee Fazackerley welcomed the start of the Cavaliers innings. Aqib Afzaal and Rawait Khan compiled 50 with Sam Cliff in particular making life difficult. But Usman Afzaal (53) and Alex Tudor (40) saw the visitors home with a stand of 83.
South Notts League
West Bridgfordians 3rd 85 all out
Belvoir 2nd 86-4
THE first four West Bridgfordians each got a start, the pick being Andy Jeffries’ 24.
However the Belvoir bowling was too strong. Danny Gibson motored in with purpose, taking 4-8 in five overs. Gibson was aided by 3 smart catches by captain and keeper Patrick Dyer.
Set only 86 to win Belvoir set off at a canter, James Keywood’s 18 coming off as many balls.
The task was completed in 20.2 overs, securing maximum batting points, when Will Bradley (17no) chipped a couple over mid-off. West Bridgfordians’s bowling was not passive due to the best efforts of James Davis (2-25) and Aston Smith (2-10).