CRICKET: Captains come to Grantham’s rescue at Gorse Lane
Lincs ECB Premier League
Woodhall Spa 1st XI 202-8
Grantham 1st XI 203-3
Woodhall Spa arrived at Gorse Lane to take on league-toppers Grantham on Saturday.
On winning the toss, the visitors elected to bat and started promisingly, punishing any width offered by the strike bowlers. Jack Timby (54) showed patience for his half-century before he was eventually dismissed by Neel Stevenson (3-48). Contributions from Joe Irving (51) and Prasanna Jayawardene (31) took Woodhall to 202 from their 50 overs.
Grantham’s chase got off to a shaky start with wickets falling regularly. Ross Carnelley (17), James Dobson (15) and Billy Holmes (10) came and went; but when captain Dan Freeman (78no) and vice-captain Dan Webb (58no) were settled at the crease, it became clear that Woodhall had run out of bowling options.
Grantham crossed the line in the 46th over and remain top of the league as they travel to Nettleham this weekend with a nine-point advantage over Lindum CC.
South Lincs & Border League
Billingborough 1st XI 112
Grantham 2nd XI 116-3
Grantham travelled to Billingborough hoping to kick start their season.
On losing the toss, Grantham were asked to bowl and the Billingborough captain immediately regretted his decision as Danny Ashley ripped through the top order, taking two wickets in the first over and then reducing Billingborough to 7-4.
Will Abbott removed T. Harrison for 0 to leave Billingborough reeling on 8-5. Danny Ashley then completed his five wicket haul with Billingborough on 17-6.
A few partnerships followed and the low order put the Billingborough top order to shame as they managed to get their side past the 100 mark, finishing 112 all out, with Danyal Bazmi and Rahul Kumar taking a wicket apiece and Jake Unsworth finishing with two wickets.
In reply, Grantham got off to a steady start thanks to James Cameron-Clarke (23) and Martin Parmley (20).
Three wickets fell, leaving the score on 68-3, but Sheriyal Bazmi (26no) and Gaz Bennett (16no) were in no mood to let Billingborough back into the game and they comfortably took Grantham past the victory target after 27 overs to secure a much needed 20 points win.
Freiston L&L 286-7
Grantham 3rd XI 175-7
High-flying Freiston had no hesitation in batting first after winning the toss on another belter of a wicket at Gorse Lane.
Grantham contained well in the first half of the Freiston innings with Phil Abbott’s 1-29 and Ady Wing with 3-49 picking up wickets regularly. The game was turned on its head with the arrival of Zeeshan Saeed who took Grantham apart with a blistering 100 inside 20 overs to help the visitors post a daunting 286.
In reply, early contributions from Max Everett (40) and Jaden Fell helped the score along but the young Grantham side were never in the running.
Some respectability and batting points were accrued by an eight wicket stand of 48 by Matty Webb (25) and Adrian Wing with 42no.
Medbourne 1st XI 104
Grantham 1st XI 105-2
Grantham travelled to Medbourne, won the toss and bowled first.
Medbourne started strongly, despite losing an early wicket.
Grantham managed to claw back control with the bowling of Jaden Fell and Ethan Milne to eventually bring the Medbourne innings to a close at 104.
In reply, the early wicket of James Dobson left some doubt on the low and slow wicket until the steady nerve of Jamie Brumby (32) and Dan Freeman (45) saw Grantham home to seal the eight wicket victory.