Grantham & Melton
Croxton Kerrial 170-7
Grantham 2nd 82
The home side won the toss and elected to bat which looked the wrong decision as first Danny Aylin fell for zero and then Dave Crossland was run out for four.
With Ed Marsh and Stephen Horner at the wicket, the Croxton slowly began to recover but, with the score at 47-2, Marsh was caught in the gully for 16. It was then down to Horner and Leon Aylin to build a defendable total.
It was not long before Horner reached his 50, his first for the club which was then followed by the 50 partnership. Horner eventually fell for 67 and despite a flurry of wickets, the home side reached 170 with Aylin 51no and Jack Dilloway 21no.
In reply, Grantham lost Corby to the first ball of the innings, the first of Crossland’s six wickets and, despite some lovely shots by Jaden Fell, wickets began to fall regularly.
Fell was eventually caught by Marsh off the bowling of Crossland for 18. Stevens was caught and bowled by the same bowler and, apart from Robinson (17), no one else made double figures. The pick of the bowlers was Crossland (6-24), with Aylin 2-31 and Jack Dilloway 1-8 in support.
Barkston & Syton 130
Croxton Kerrial 131-3
Croxton won the toss and elected to field and were soon in the wickets as Dave Crossland had A. Jameson smartly caught and bowled.
There was a flurry of runs from the bat of Modd Jnr before he tried one shot too many and became Nigel Howitt’s first victim, as the ball went straight up in the air to be well taken by Aylin at slip.
From then on, wickets fell at regular intervals, Crossland finishing with 3-28 and Leon Aylin 3-25 the pick of the bowlers. There was a late rally from the Barkston tail that took the total to 130.
In reply, the Croxton openers never looked in any major trouble and soon passed the 50 partnership. Danny Aylin and Howitt were eventually parted with the score on 94 (Howitt 53, Aylin 34) and, with a double quick 25 from Crossland, the total was reached in the 26th over, with Parker for Barkston taking 3-30.