Grantham football referees don cricket (black and) whites

Grantham and District Referees' Association cricket team.
Grantham and District Referees' Association cricket team.
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GRANTHAM Referees’ Association donned their black and whites to play cricket for the first time in four years in a highly entertaining and competitive Twenty20 match against Davipart CC, of Newcastle, last Sunday.

GDRA captain Lee Turner put Davipart in to bat first. The Geordies set a challenging target of 126 for the loss of only three wickets with Y. Rawley (28), Shree (25) and P, Ewart (24) doing the most damage.

With each outfield player bowling two overs apiece, 15-year-old Liam Geeson and John Aspland were the pick of the bowlers.

GDRA managed a highly respectful 120-8 in reply and were only just thwarted by a late maiden over by Shree, to give Davipart a deserved victory.

Pick of the GDRA sloggers were Luke Oakes (25 ret), Craig Turner (26 ret), Robin Dungworth (14) and Jonny Searle (15no).

At the end of the match, GDRA team manager Bill Hannigan thanked Barrowby CC for the loan of their facilities and presented Alison and “Nan” Turner with flowers for providing teas.

Bill also thanked players for donations for Cancer Research which totalled £130.