South Lincs & Border League
Belton 2nd 89
Spalding 3rd 59
A low scoring contest was played out on a slow Belton wicket on Saturday.
Having won the toss, Belton batted first but were unable to impose themselves on an eight man and one lady Spalding side, as poor shot selections produced a very mediocre batting performance. Only Pandula Abeysekera (17), Olly Stanley (22), and a quickfire 17 from debutant James Martin, until he was unfortunately run out, contributed double figures to a below par total.
Spalding’s promising Amelia Gardner (3-14) and the experienced Cambridgeshire veteran Eddie Seymour (2-18 off 11 overs) inflicted most of the damage.
Determined to make amends for their batting, Belton took to the field like a team possessed.
There then followed an extraordinary bowling performance by Tom Oates as he claimed the first seven Spalding wickets for 33 runs off his 10 overs.
He was supported by some excellent fielding and was denied the chance to take all the Spalding wickets as Mick Coulson (1-24) removed Seymour for 26, well caught by stand-in keeper Martin, as Belton ran out surprisingly comfortable winners.