Freeman Spa-rkles as Woodhall are beaten

Daniel Freeman's appeal is turned down. Photo: Nigel West.

Daniel Freeman's appeal is turned down. Photo: Nigel West.

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Lincs ECB Premier

Woodhall Spa 1st 168, Grantham 1st 170-2.

Grantham travelled to Woodhall Spa where they recorded their second victory against a historically strong side.

Woodhall captain Jack Luffman won the toss and chose to bat on a flat wicket.

Sri Lankan test cricketer Prasanna Jayawardene opened the batting but was dismissed in the second over by Dan Freeman, following a sharp catch from James Keast.

Opener Jack Timby (68) batted brilliantly and took Woodhall to a score of 131-4 before he was dismissed by the slow, accurate bowling of Daniel Ashley (2-11).

This began the collapse for Woodhall as Ashley also collected the scalp of Luffman (23).

There was no wag in the Woodhall tail and the innings ended in dramatic style with Freeman (6-24) collecting a hat-trick.

In response, Grantham started strongly, James Dobson (16) smashing Jayawardene for 13 runs off the very first over.

At the other end, Ross Carnelley (79*) settled in for the long haul punishing loose bowling and patiently building the total with assistance from Ben Powell (36), until a mix up meant that Powell was run out with the score on 135.

Captain Dan Webb (22*) ensured there were no hiccups on the way to a total of 170 and a full allocation of 20 points.

Grantham moved up to second in the league and are now just 15 points behind leaders Bracebridge with four games left to play.

SLBL Division One

Grantham 2nd 287-5, Billingborough 1st 131-6.

Grantham Seconds beat Billingborough by 156 runs at Gorse Lane.

On losing the toss, Grantham were surprised to be ask to bat on a belter of a wicket.

An early wicket fell but Grantham scored quickly, helped by the fast outfield.

The score was on 54 when Grantham lost Stu Mudie for 22.

In-form batsman Rory Johnson kept the pressure on the Billingborough bowlers before he departed for a well made 28.

Meanwhile, at the other end Ian Robinson looked a class act on his way to a well-earned 88.

With the score on 184-5 Grantham were in a good position to score 250-plus, and two well executed knocks from Oliver Clawson (42*) and Gareth Bennett (44*) helped Grantham score an imposing 287-5.

Billingborough lost the early wicket of Mitch Griffiths for two thanks to an LBW for Dan Gascoyne.

Chris King (21) and Shaun Brown (33) then looked to try and put the pressure back on the Grantham bowlers, but once Brown was dismissed by Joe Farmer with the score on 43-2 Billingborough decided that the chase was over.

Joe Farmer picked up another wicket, as did Rahul Kumar, along with two wickets for Jaden Fell.

Billingboroughs dismal reply saw them end on 131-6 from their allocated 45.

Rutland League

Division Two

Grantham Sunday 1st XI 233-9, Whittlesey 1st XI 99.

There was a score to settle when Whittlesey travelled to Gorse Lane.

In the first of the meetings Grantham had taken their eye of the ball and given Whittlesey far too many runs and went on to lose the game by a single run.

Keen not to repeat the experience, captain James Dobson chose to bat first and he and Ross Carnelley opened the batting.

Ross (98) punished any loose bowling and remained stoic as batters fell around him.

Contributions from Jaden Fell (26), Danny Ashley (27) and Joe Peck (19*) took the total to 233.

It was clear the Grantham bowlers were fired up for the contest, with openers Joe Peck (2-31) and Dan Freeman (4-22) both regularly testing the Whittlesey openers against short bowling.

Peter Bibb proved himself up to the challenge and, although not scoring many runs, looked up for the fight against the Grantham quicks.

It was the change of pace that eventually dismissed him when Neil Stevenson (4-34) had him caught at short cover.

The stand out batter for Whittlesey was Shoaib Arshad, with 28 runs.

But even his valiant contribution couldn’t take the visitors’ total beyond three figures.

They were eventually skittled for a team total of 99.