Grantham CC teams enjoy Saturday victories
Lincolnshire ECB Premier League
Scunthorpe Town 245-8
Grantham first XI made one of the longest treks of the year to take on last year's promoted side Scunthorpe Town.
The ‘iron’ were riding high after holding table-toppers Bracebridge Heath to a rain affected draw last week.
After winning the toss on a flat looking pitch, openers Ross Carnelly (84) and Jaden Fell (34) got off to an aggressive start with 75 in the first 10 overs, before Fell was bowled playing across the line.
Matthew Dowman (57) and Dan freeman (47) both played nicely before a calamitous run out of skipper Dan Webb for one saw the Grantham innings fall away, with only Mat Wing scoring double figures as they were bowled out for 252 with one over remaining.
Going into tea, the thoughts were that Grantham were 20 runs short and had gifted the Scunthorpe side an extra over to chase down the total.
The second innings started brightly as former Grantham players Karanjit Banzal (134) and Jamie Brumby (14) put on 46 for the first wicket. After this opening stand, only Arbind Singh (35) was able to support the classy Banzal.
Wickets fell steadily but with the score on 219-4 with eight overs left, the game looked all but won by Scunthorpe.
However, a decisive lbw of Banzal for 134 by the dependable James Dobson (2-46) ensured that the game was back in the balance.
Excellent death bowling by Freeman (4-63) and Dobson brought the game home for Grantham as the innings closed on 245-8 with the visitors taking 18 points and gaining another point on leaders Bracebridge.
South Lincs & Border League
Stamford Town 189-8
Grantham 2nd 193-0
Gorse lane looked a picture on a hot sunny day and Grantham captain Stewart Mudie duly lost the toss and was asked to bowl.
Stamford made a good start and scored quickly on a lightning outfield. It took the introduction of club hero Ady Wing to grab Grantham a wicket. This breakthrough opened the door and Grantham made inroads.
Despite this, Stamford were well placed at 140-3 with 10 overs to go. Tight Grantham bowling and more wickets limited Stamford to 189-8. Wickets were shared between Wing (3), Kumar (2), Ashley (2) and a run out.
In reply, Mudie and Martin Parmley scored positively and reached 50 inside eight overs. They carried this momentum forward with both passing 50 and the partnership over 100.
At this stage, the experienced Grantham duo were keen to see it home. They did this with Parmley scoring 75 not out and Mudie finishing not out on exactly 100. The partnership was unbroken on 193 – the highest the pair have had in 10 years of opening together.
All in all, a great result for Grantham as they reach the half way point in the season.