CRICKET: Youngsters play a vital part in Belton Park’s five-wicket win over Grantham

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Grantham & Melton Association

Division 2

Grantham 130-7

Belton Park 131-5

Belton Park won by five wickets

With three wickets falling in the first 11 overs the Grantham batsmen set about re-building their innings.

A. Imber and J. Nichols put together a good partnership before Imber was bowled out by Damo for a well constructed 34.

Two balls later and Damo bowled Komar. Nichols exacted revenge with the first three balls of Damo’s next over sailing over the boundary rope for maximums, each one travelling further than the one before, and seeing Damo’s spell coming to an abrupt end.

A tidy two over spell from 13-year-old Tom Ward brought the run rate back into check before father replaced son and came back on to finish the innings with two quick wickets. Wardy finished with 5-24. Damo with IPL-esque stats of 2-46 off 3 overs.

Belton set about chasing down 130. All was going well with 13 coming off the first seven deliveries before Doc was bowled by a straight one from Komar for 4. Wardy and Abey then put on a stand of 62 before Abey was adjudged leg before off Imber for 30.

Sixteen more were added before Ward was undone by a devastating inswinging yorker from Tom McCartan, his innings coming to an end on 46.

This brought Matt Cocks to the crease with 13-year-old Matt Law. The two Matts batted far beyond their years, with Cocks hitting his first six in senior cricket and Law his first four.

Grantham captain Danny Ashley took two wickets with his first five balls to place the match on a knife edge at 105 for 5. Belton needed 26 more to win and Grantham two wickets.

Tom Oates and Matt Law took control of the situation and guided Belton home with 15 overs to spare. Tom Oates finished on 17 not out and Matt Law 8 not out.

Division One

Whissendine 169-9

Barrowby 170-9

Barrowby won by one wicket

Barrowby made it two out of two for the season by completing a tense win.

Bowling first on a track with plenty in it for both bat and ball, Barrowby bowled tightly without much reward as M. Winn (36) and J. Budgen (56) played in a fluent but cautious manner.

As the top order came and went, the innings then capitulated as veteran R. McBain (5-38) produced an excellent spell to help reduce Whissendine to 169-9, with M. Veasey taking three good catches along the way.

The reply began well as A. Barnes (30) and C. Turner (34) kept ahead of the rate early. Further contributions from L. Oates (29) and Veasey (29) kept up the momentum.

However, a mini-collapse meant that four runs were needed from the last over with two wickets remaining. A wicket fell first ball but the last pair of McBain and S. Sackey led Barrowby to a stunning victory by one wicket.

South Notts League

Division A

Hucknall 215

Belvoir 55

Hucknall won by 160 Runs

Belvoir were swept aside by the bowling of Hucknall’s Josh Buckley, whose 8-21 may not be bettered throughout the season.

It was a spell of sustained, accurate and teasing pace.

Belvoir’s bowlers had bowled well for periods. Fasackerley, after a wayward couple of deliveries, was fast and accurate but lacking in good fortune. Sam Cliff (3-40) was also niggardly at times and took crucial wickets. James Keywood (4-60) also bowled a few jaffas. The highlight of the fielding was an exceptionally sharp run-out effected from slip by Tom Neville. But nothing can take away from the margin of victory or Buckley’s bonanza.

> Houghton on the Hill opened their season with a comfortable win against Belvoir Colts. The home side were indebted to new signing Ben Garner who scored a fine 91 with useful contributions from John Edmonds (41) and Robbie Scudamore (26no) ensuring that Houghton ended up with a healthy 226 for 8.

In reply the young Colts team soon fell behind the clock, although T Butterworth scored a steady 30, with good contributuins from the other batsmen. The match drifted to its conclusion with the Colts team losing regular wickets, mainly due to Andy Packwood’s 4 for 11 from his 7 overs.

Their final total was 146 for 8.