CRICKET: Champions Welby keep on winning till final game

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South Lincs & Border League

Division Two

Welby 163-9

Stamford 2nd 122 all out

WELBY maintained their 100 per cent record through to the end of the season, a feat last achieved in the South Lincs League back in 2004 by – Welby.

Welby completed a brilliant championship-winning season with their 15th win from 15 matches at a soggy Stamford Town ground. Losing the toss inevitably meant Welby were invited to bat on a very wet wicket.

The champions were indebted to a brilliant knock of 66 from opener James Tickler after a flood of early wickets threatened to see Welby post a low total. Tickler found good support from Bottomley and Wilson, while the lower order helped to ensure that Welby made a very creditable score from their 45 overs.

In reply, Stamford started slowly, strangled by the accuracy of Whatton and the swing of Durham. A run-out from Youles was quickly followed by a wicket for Durham.

Spin turned the game for good as Curran (2-31), Wilson (3-17) and Youles (1-15) helped rip out the Stamford middle order. Stubborn late resistance from the tailenders was finally halted by the return of skipper Whatton who grabbed a brace to finish the innings.

Next season, Welby will take on the might of South Lincs Division One, a challenge that they can justifiably look forward to after finishing 84 points clear as unbeaten champions.