CRICKET: Grantham bounce back to winning ways

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South Lincs & Border League

Division One

Grantham 140-8

Woodhall Spa 114 all out

GRANTHAM got back to winning ways with a hard fought victory at Woodhall Spa.

The home side had no hesitation in asking Grantham to bat first on a green, bowler-friendly track and when the visitors lost the early wickets of Stewart Mudie and the unlucky Paul Chadwick, things were looking bleak.

Opener Joe Farmer (46) dug in and occupied one end but did not receive any support until Simon Steer-Jones came in at number seven and proceeded to stroke the ball to all areas to finish unbeaten on 55.

The Woodhall reply struggled to build any momentum as Grantham picked up wickets early on, with Chadwick’s 4-50 leading the way.

Farmer (3-20) and birthday boy Lewis Dann (3-31) snuffed out a late counter-attack and Spa fell short by 26 runs.

Division Two

Stamford Town 258-7

Ropsley 157-9

A MUCH changed Ropsley side containing six teenagers put in a spirited performance against a more experienced Stamford line-up.

Batting first, Stamford scored steadily throughout their innings, and the pick of the Ropsley bowlers was Steve Cook (3-28) who was forced by injury to cut short his spell.

The rest all bowled well on a good batting pitch with Fergus Myles (2-48) and Ken Garner (1-38) also in the wickets.

In reply, Ropsley were resilient with skipper Fraser Sloss top scoring with 45, supported by notable contributions from Andy Jones (28), Ralph Bradley (27), and 26 from the rapidly improving Ted Bloodworth.

Both teams contributed to a entertaining game of cricket, played in the right way.

South Notts League

Division G

East Leake 158-7

Belvoir 2nd 160-8

JOE Bottomley (3-18), Joe Beckett and James Keywood took East Leake down to 57-6 with some excellent fast bowling.

In reply, Belvoir collapsed to 48-5. Ollie Elson (24) and James Cartledge (25) added another 48 in as many balls before they were both out at 96.

That brought in Joe Beckett (54no) who looked solid in crisis, and together with Matt Harland (10no) who curbed his over-boisterous nature, the pair steered Belvoir home with an unbroken ninth wicket stand of 40.

Border Counties Youth League

Caythorpe 128-6

Market Deeping 47 all out

CAYTHORPE completed their first round of matches unbeaten in their first foray into the Border Counties League with a crushing 81-run victory over Lincolnshire rivals Market Deeping.

Matt Law (21) and Harry Glenn (7) made watchful progress against excellent pace bowling by Leicestershire bowler Nick Green and Huntingdonshire bowler Patrick Brown. Harry Brewin (15) continued to make sedate progress before middle order hit men Tom Mawer (31no) and Jonny Law (30no) increased the tempo to set the visitors an imposing target.

Market Deeping were soon deep in trouble as Alex Dempster claimed 3-5 off four hostile overs, removing the strong visitors’ top order.

Caythorpe’s bowlers picked up wickets throughout, with Morgan Heppleston (1-3), Harry Johnson (1-8), and Law (2-6) the best of the bunch. They were supported by fine outfield cricket that affected three run-outs, the pick being a direct hit by Euan Dolby that terminated the Deeping innings.