CRICKET: Caythorpe and Fulbeck game abandoned after 10 overs
On what was the last weekend of June, yet another side failed to play their game due to a player shortage, but still 14 matches took place in the Sills and Betteridge Solicitors Lincoln League
Well, that is not actually correct, as the scheduled Premier Trophy game between Caythorpe and Fulbeck was abandoned by the umpires after just 10 overs as they felt the pitch was unsafe for the batsmen.
A bit like England seeing someone dismissed for the first time for obstructing the field, this was the first occasion a game has been abandoned in many a long year due to an unsafe wicket, and a game which, had Fulbeck won, could have taken them a step closer to the final of this competition.
Understandably, Fulbeck have put in a request to the league for this match to be replayed on an evening.
On the day, results saw two clubs lose for the first occasion, another record their first win of the season and two completed their first league doubles of the campaign. Also the second lowest total of the season and the third closest finish were registered.
Winless Heighington and third to bottom Ancaster, who had not won away from home since the opening day, met in Division One.
Batting first, Heighington continued to have difficulty in posting a substantial score, being bowled out inside 32 overs for 131. Harry Wright with 57 was the only batsmen to pass 20 runs as Liam Probert returned figures of 4-13.
Similar to their opponents, Ancaster too are struggling with the bat and in reply they were dismissed inside 25 overs for just 94 and a 37-run defeat. Matt Hodgkin was their top scorer with just 19 as Jack Wright had figures of 10-6-17-4.
Victory lifted Heighington off the bottom, relegating Caythorpe to this position while, at the top, Woodhall moved into third position, above Fulbeck, nine points behind second placed Sleaford with a game in hand.
Two of the top sides in Division Two met as fourth placed Billingborough entertained third placed Old Lincolnians.
Playing only their second away game, the city side was still to lose on the road while the home side had found some form of late, looking for a third win in a row, albeit their first home win in three games.
With only nine players available, Old Lincolnians elected to bat but saw only three batsmen make double figures as they were bowled out inside 24 overs for 108. Top scorer was Matt Murray with 26. For Billingborough, Shane George took 4-17 off his 10 overs.
In reply, Billingborough raced to a 10-wicket victory in just over 12 overs, with Chris King making 59 and James Zealand 38.
Looking to keep on the tail of the leaders, with two games in hand, was unbeaten Lindum Academy who visited Barkston and Syston.
The league newcomers themselves were unbeaten in their last five games and, batting first, made 203 with Steve Wilson making 53 and opener Paul Johnson 41. For Lindum, James Kempton took 3-31 and Charlie Portlock 2-15.
Following on, Lindum had a disaster of an innings, being bowled out for just 100 with opener Nabil Fassaludhin (39) the only batsmen to go beyond eight runs! For the home side, Adam Jameson took 3-23 and Colin Blankley 2-4.
+ The funeral of the late umpire Steve Massingham will take place at Lincoln Crematorium on Friday at 11.50am. It is asked for collar and tie and family flowers only.
There will be a collection for Johnson Ward, Lincoln County Hospital [under Dr Lee] and the Washingborough Surgery.