CRICKET: Foston hold nerve for victory

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Grantham & Melton Association

Division Three

Foston 215-9

Sholay 173 all out

FOSTON kept their nerve to record a deserved victory over a battling Sholay.

A fine batting performance from Adcock (53), Blanchard (49) and Moreland (34), and below par fielding from the hosts, helped Foston to a healthy tally despite impressive figures from Raithatha (5-26).

Sholay got off to a quick start in reply but the loss of the two Patels slowed them down somewhat.

A blistering 62 from Panchal, ably assisted by Mistry (32,) put Sholay back in contention at 164-4, however a batting collapse followed, inspired by Foston bowlers Cockerton and Marris who took four wickets apiece.

Division Two

Barrowby 139 all out

Sileby 140-4

BARROWBY were outplayed by a good young Sileby side but batting first, began brightly with A. Barnes (28) and C. Turner posting 55 for the first wicket.

Wickets began to fall at regular intervals as the innings wilted, with Turner falling one short of his 50.

Good spells of bowling from K. Chance (3-18) and C. Charmin (3-11) reduced Barrowby to a modest total.

Sileby never looked troubled in reply as their young batsmen made light work of the run chase. Senior man J. Charity (45) top scored for the visitors as Sileby reached their total in 28 overs, with S. Jepson (2-24) posting good figures in a losing effort.

South Lincs & Border League

Division One

Market Deeping 141-7

Grantham 143-5

GRANTHAM won the toss and chose to bowl first but were slightly wayward initially, allowing Nick Andrews some width to play his shots until Paul Chadwick had him well caught by Lewis Dann.

Grantham then put pressure on the young Deeping side with Joe Farmer (3-31) the pick of the bowlers, restricting the visitors to a modest total on a pretty flat batting track.

Grantham’s reply got off to a flyer before Martin Parmley chased a wide ball and was caught behind.

Grantham’s batsmen then made hard work of the chase, losing a couple of cheap wickets, and were thankful of a mature knock of 37 by Lewis Dann to hold the middle order together.

Joe Farmer and Matt Wing (12no) steered Grantham home with five overs to spare, strengthening their grip on second place in the table behind leaders Billingborough.

Division Two

Sleaford 229-3

Ropsley 104 all out

ROPSLEY won the toss and chose to field.

A strong Sleaford team took advantage of some untidy fielding, piled on the runs from 41 overs and then decided that the total was sufficient and declared. Pick of the Ropsley bowlers was Fraser Sloss with a tidy 1-16 off five overs.

In reply, Ropsley started like a train, or rather a train crash, as the four opening batsmen departed for a collective 19.

Respectability was achieved by an excellent 25 from Adrian Sleaford, with notable contributions from Fraser Sloss (22) and Alex Wharmby (18). The innings ended at 104 all out after nearly 38 overs, and once again the tea was the highlight of the afternoon.

Division Three

Timberland 139 all out

Grantham 2nd 143-3

GRANTHAM’S skipper won the toss and put Timberland into bat.

In the first over, Danny Ashley had one opener lbw and Timberland went on the defensive.

Despite accurate bowling from Chappell and Hackney, it was left to Neil Stevenson to rattle through the Timberland batting order with a career best 6-32.

After tea, Neil set about their bowlers with a quick-fire 35. Harry Nichols anchored the Grantham innings with an unbeaten 48 and Adam Shaw came in to finish the job with a rapid 32no.

South Notts League

Division G

Burton Joyce 160-6

Belvoir 2nd 161-5

CAPTAIN Kris Seymour (49) deserved a half-century for a steadfast innings that held Burton Joyce together. But tight bowling from Joe Beckett and Joe Bottomley prevented any serious acceleration.

Olly Elson (3-48) profited as Burton Joyce went after his slower spin. Good Belvoir fielding was highlighted by a direct-hit run-out from the long-off boundary by Joe Beckett.

In reply, Belvoir’s top order faltered to 3-47. Only when Harry Adams joined Olly Clayfield for a stolid 46-run fourth wicket partnership did the game turn in Belvoir’s favour.

One more twist though, in the form of the ultra-slow Darren Smith who, in a style borrowed from the 19th century, took 2-33 to reduce Belvoir to 119-5.

This time it was Elson who helped to stabilise the innings with a rumbustious 20no.

However the man of the match was Olly Clayfield with a sometimes imperious 98no (97 balls, 16 fours), nine of his boundaries coming in an arc from mid-off to mid-on with some exquisite driving.