CRICKET: Belton Park lose at the death after flying start
South Lincs & Border League
Spalding 3rd 191-7
Belton Park 2nd 180
Belton had little hesitation in asking Spalding to bat first on a soft wicket.
The early exchanges were even as Spalding progressed to 68-3 with Kyle Durham (1-25 off 12 overs) keeping the run rate in check. There then followed a frustrating partnership of 86 runs by Edwards (41) and Ripley (54) as they chanced their luck on numerous occasions to enable Spalding to reach a very competitive 191, with Micky Coulson (3-49) and Matt Walton (2-24) the main wicket takers.
Belton’s reply got off to a flyer as James Offer (50) and Will Helliwell (32) put together an opening stand of 87 in 16 overs. When they both fell to the bowling of Gardner in the space of two overs, it triggered a collapse as Belton slumped to 122-7. Walton (39) and Tom Helliwell (25) then produced some sensible cricket and excellent running between the wickets to take the score to 168 and put victory in sight, however, Spalding kept their nerve at the death.
Belton Park 2nd 185-7
Belton started in fine fashion as an aggressive Will Helliwell (33), supported by Matt Cocks (14), took the score past the 50 mark before both fell to the bowling of Will’s younger brother Tom. Debutant Sam Gibson (17) was the only notable contributor in the middle order as Belton stuttered against some accurate bowling from Oasby. An unbroken stand of 83 for the eighth wicket by a hard hitting Nick Law (50no) and Richard Cocks (25 no) set a challenging total.
In reply, Oasby’s innings never really got going as Matt Law (2-8) made the early breakthrough assisted by a superb one handed catch from keeper Glyn Jones. The middle order was then decimated by Josh Rich (3-9) and Gibson (3-12), and the tail mopped up by Matt Cocks (2-5).