CRICKET: Youthful Colsterworth leave Croxton shell shocked

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Grantham & Melton Association

Division Three

Colsterworth 153-9

Croxton Kerrial 23

A youthful Colsterworth humiliated high flying Croxton with a crushing 130-run victory, fielding seven players between the ages of 14 and 16.

Colsterworth were put into bat, with openers Jason Grosse (54) and 14-year-old Tom Francis (23) putting on 85 for the first wicket. Further contributions from all the team helped Colsterworth to a modest but respectaable score from their 40 overs. Pick of the Croxton bowlers was veteran Leon Aylin who took 2-23 off his 10 overs.

After tea, Colsterworth’s strike bowlers Colin Atter (4-10) and 14-year-old Will Abbott (3-12) set about the Croxton batting order, reducing them to 22-7 after only 13 overs and showing the league’s top three bowlers how to do it.

Phil Abbott only bowled five balls before taking the last wicket to leave the shell-shocked visitors skittled out on 23.

Belvoir Colts 116 all out

Colsterworth 117-5

Colsterworth continued their impressive form with a tense five-wicket victory.

John Copley top scored for the Colts with 51, but Colin Atter (3-22) and Will Abbott (4-17) pegged the Belvoir boys back.

In reply, Jason Grosse (49) and Atter (26) batted sensibly to see Colsterworth home.

Division Two

Sproxton 88-8

Grantham 90-0

Having shortened the game to 32 overs, Sproxton won the toss and elected to bat first on a flat Grantham wicket.

However, tight bowling in the first 16 overs from S. Peters (2-17) and N. Stevenson (0-24) meant Sproxton were 41-3 at the halfway stage. Also in this first period, P. Abraham dismissed the dangerous S. Jessop (10) with a brilliant run out.

Wickets then came in the second half of the innings for D. Ashley (1-15), M. Wing (2-6) and C. Payne (1-2), courtesy of some sublime fielding from S. Peters and R. Johnson. Seven of the eight Sproxton wickets came as a result of Grantham’s high-class fielding.

In reply, Grantham openers A. Shaw (35no) and C. Payne (54no) set about the Sproxton total with ease, working the ball through the gaps in the big Gorse Lane outfield.

Payne hit the winning boundary in the 14th over, giving Grantham a convincing 10-wicket winning margin for the second successive game.

Division One

Buckminster 184-4

Kinoulton 98

Buckminster overcame a spirited Kinoulton side in a reduced overs game to maintain top spot.

Jon Senescall (36), Alex Sears (37), Jack Berry (54no) and Dave Allen (28no) all scored quickly to register a testing total for the home side.

Allen (3-10) then played his part with the ball as he, Alex Forbes (3-33) and Tim Gadsby (3-15) dismissed the Kinoulton batting line-up in less than 25 overs.

South Notts League

Division A

Belvoir 99

Balderton 100-6

After a 100-minute rain delay, Balderton’s Chris Dobbie (4-20) annihilated Belvoir’s top order with some penetrating bowling and a superb direct-hit run out.

At 16-5, the home side looked to be beaten already, but not in the minds of Lewis Dann (25) and Ruwan Pitigala (21) who added a gritty 42 before Dan Freeman (3-15) bagged them both, and the scampering Danny Ross. Akshu Merennage (2-29) finished things off for Balderton with two well-deserved wickets.

Balderton started their chase very poorly with Matt Irvine (2-18) and Danny Gibson (2-25) reducing them to 11-4.

Opener Freeman (36) had watched his colleagues come and go with some dismay, but with good technique and concentrated application saw off the strike bowlers. He then upped the rate with some lusty fours and a towering six over long-on.

Freeman was ably supported by Michael Duffy (15) in a game-changing fifth wicket stand of 52 before Pitigala (2-23) induced a false shot to cover.

However, it was a false dawn for Belvoir as Merennage came in and played a delightful cameo of 24no in 21 balls to take Balderton to victory for the loss of just one more wicket.