The league leaders prove too strong for Grantham Firsts

Karanjit Bansal.

Karanjit Bansal.

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Lincs ECB Premier

Bracebridge Heath 190-9

Grantham 65

Grantham CC Firsts suffered a 125-run defeat at the hands of Lincs ECB Premier leaders Bracebridge Heath on Saturday.

The away side began with the bat and posted 190-9 from their 50 overs.

However, Grantham were no match for the Bracebridge bowlers and found themselves skittled for 65 runs in the 26th over.

Bracebridge had just 31 runs on the board before Paul Cook (23) was caught by Daniel Freeman from Joe Peck’s delivery.

The Heath mustered just one more run before fellow opener Nick John became Peck’s second victim, back in the pavilion with six runs to his name.

Things looked good for Grantham, but the pairing of Brett Houston and Kit Spence took the score to 110-3 before Spence (18) was stumped by Dave Whapplington following a Karanjit Bansal delivery.

Bansal also claimed the scalp of top scorer Houston (68) following the catch of Rohan Nurse.

Following the dismissal of Houston, Bracebridge mustered just 30 more runs for the loss of five batsmen.

However, Vikram Atri (31) and Hymie Bentley (11) helped the scoreboard tick over.

Peck ended with a five-wicket haul for the loss of 49 runs as he also dimissed Atri, Steve Scott and Carl Stubbs.

Bansal finished on 4-49, Bentley and Matthew Carter his other victims.

However, Grantham’s response with the bat never really got going.

Bansal, who had been so effective with the ball, went for a duck before Grantham had a run to their name, bowled by Houston who ended with figures of 4-29.

Fellow opener Freeman top scored with 14 but he was caught by Bentley off Matthew Carter.

Prior to Freeman’s dismissal, Grantham had alos lost Stewart Mudie, Nurse and Jamie Brumby, who totalled seven runs between them.

Whapplington also reached double figures, adding 12 before Matthew Bradley’s delivery and Carter’s catch saw his innings ended.

Peck added an unbeaten 10, but with his teammates falling Grantham’s overs ended early.

Bradley (3-14), Carter (2-12) and Matthew Knights (1-6) completed a frustrating afternoon.

With two matches to go, Bracebridge currently sit top of the table, 13 points clear of Woodhall Spa.

Grantham, meanwhile, are in eighth place in the 12-man table.

On Saturday, Grantham travel to face Lindum, the contest beginning at noon.

South Lincs and Border League Premier Division

Moulton Harrox 56

Grantham 2nds 57-3

Grantham Seconds claimed a seven-wicket victory at Moulton Harrox in the South Lincs and Border League’s Premier Division.

Ten-man Moulton were dismissed for just 56 runs by the ruthless Grantham bowlers.

Joseph Broomfield (15) and William Naylor (14) were the only Moulton batsmen to reach double figures, but Louis Greetham and Jake Unsworth quickly sent them packing. Unsworth finished with three wickets for the loss of 17 runs, while Joe Farmer conceded 28 runs as he also claimed three scalps.

Greetham (2-9) and Ethan Milne (1-0) also dismissed batsmen, Moulton’s innings ending in the 27th over.

In response, Grantham reached the winning total of 57 runs in the ninth over, losing three wickets along the way.

Openers James Cameron-Clarke (four) and Craig Corby (nine) were quickly back in the pavilion, but Martin Parmley reached double figures.

Ben Kennedy-Short (three not out) and Joe Farmer (10 not out), aided by 14 extras, saw the away side to victory.

Grantham sit seventh in the table, with Moulton bottom of the pile.

On Saturday Grantham host Lindum Seconds.