Grantham & Melton Association
Grantham 2nd 27
Barkston & Syston 28-0
Grantham travelled to Barkston and Syston attempting to complete the season double over the village team, having narrowly beaten them three weeks before.
Winning the toss, Barkston captain Liam Parker elected to bowl hoping that the very blustery conditions would add that extra bit of uncertainty for the batsmen facing the bowling attack.
Opener Tim Mihill mistimed his third ball, resulting in a diving catch by A. Hirst, unfortunately for Grantham.
Solid bowling by Jameson (2w), Andrew Dewey (5w), Hirst (1w) and Modd (1w) was complemented by a total of catches, the exception being Ian Mihill who was bowled.
Dewey’s 5-0 off five overs represented a new club record, bowled with accuracy and a change in pace.
Barkston’s innings was no less interesting, with Mat Walton using every stroke in his considerable arsenal to chase the target down, scoring 26 of the 28 runs needed. Dewey further contributed to the victory from the other end, the goal being achieved in 4.2 overs.
Grantham lost the toss and were put into bat, losing P. Johnson early on.
Stewart Mudie and D. Ashley did a great job of rebuilding the innings before Mudie was dismissed for an impressive 70. D.Ashley (22) was unfortunately ran out, followed soon by R. Johnson as Grantham went from 98-2 to 99-4.
M. Wing (32) and R.Nurse (45) bolstered the innings.
Grantham got of to a very tidy reply, thanks to strike bowler J. Peck (1-37), backed up by tight bowling from S. Peters and Neel Stevenson.
The game took a turn when J. Morgan and J. Berry came to the crease, Morgan hitting 48 from just 32 balls.
But great bowling from Stevenson and a brilliant catch from Peck saw Morgan dismissed.
Buckminster needed 11 to win from the last over and it went down to the final ball with them needing just three more. Berry drilled it down to long-off and, thanks to some handy fielding from skipper M. Wing, he managed to get the run out.
South Lincs & Border League
Grantham’s first team travelled to the league leaders knowing that a victory would mean them replacing Boston at the summit of the league.
On losing the toss, Grantham were asked to bat on a slow Boston wicket. Despite losing Mark Fell for five, they made an excellent start with Stewart Mudie (71) and Josh Myhill (61) making great progress.
In search of quick runs, Grantham lost a few wickets but Rohan Nurse was able to punish the Boston bowling, scoring 32 from 21 balls.
In reply, Boston got off to a slow start thanks to tight bowling from Samuel Peters and Neel Stevenson but neither were able to make the breakthrough.
The first wicket fell when Mark Fell had M. Hood caught and bowled for 39 with the score on 74. This was soon followed by K. Evans who was dismissed thanks to a fine catch by Joe Peck, again off the bowling of Fell.
R. Croom was caught on the boundary by Simon Oakes off the bowling of Stevenson and Nelson Azim was caught in the deep by Gareth Bennet, giving Fell his third wicket.
Peck had P. Roberts run out for 27 and Oakes was given the responsibility to bowl the final over.
Boston required six runs to win off two balls which then became four runs to win off the final ball. The final ball was hit towards the mid-wicket boundary only to find Fell who was able to restrict the Boston to two runs to see Grantham win by a single run and go top with four games remaining.
Grantham 2nd 180-8
Market Deeping 2nd 76
After a two-week lay-off, Grantham were pleased to get back on the park, facing Market Deeping at home.
Deeping won the toss and put Grantham in. A number of the top order got starts but only Danny Ashley(48) made a sizeable contribution to push the total up to a respectable 180.
Deeping got off to the worst possible start, losing Green and Witt in the first over. Under constant pressure, they never looked like recovering with Adam Parker being the pick of the bowlers with an impressive 5-7 off nine overs, eventually skittling Market Deeping for 76.