CRICKET: Disappointing day lands Grantham back in the ECB relegation zone
Lincs ECB Premier League
Woodhall Spa 166-6
Grantham travelled back in time on Saturday to face Woodhall Spa during the annual 1940s festival. As the big bands played and the tanks thundered, Grantham buttoned up their shirts and buckled their pads ready to bat against a side placed second in the league.
Dan Freeman (46) and Dan Webb (15) took to the pitch and it was a promising start for the travellers as the opener pair played with freedom and put on 34 for the first wicket.
Unfortunately wickets began to fell with more frequency as the innings progressed. It was a familiar face doing the damage too as Malinga Bandara took his second 6-er of the season against Grantham.
Rohan Nurse managed to accumulate runs throughout the innings and ended as Grantham’s highest scorer with 53.
All was not lost for Grantham, however, and they took to the field with defiance and determination. After failing to make any early inroads, Joe Peck was replaced by all-rounder Dan Freeman who managed to claim four victims in the day.
Neel Stevenson bowled with consistent accuracy and claimed a single victim. Unfortunately, the damage was done by opener Sam Evison (71) and Grantham could never generate the pressure to force mistakes from the Woodhall batsmen.
A disappointing day for Grantham saw them move back down to the relegation zone. Market Rasen visit Gorse Lane on Saturday and wins will become more and more crucial as the season reaches its conclusion.
Grantham & Melton Association
Croxton Kerrial 95-4
The visitors won the toss and elected to bowl and it was the opening combination of Nigel Howitt and Dave Crossland that did all the damage, with Howitt taking his season’s best figures of 4-27 and Crossland taking 3-59.
In the Harlaxton total, only Sharp was able to make a serious contribution, hitting a brutal 53 before being the last man out.
The Croxton reply began well with Stephen Horner and Nigel Howitt taking the score to 30 before the latter was dismissed.
Despite a quick flurry of wickets, Croxton reached their modest target in the 23rd over with Chris Jeary and Ed Marsh seeing them safely over the line.