CRICKET: Grantham CC continue to mine rich seam of form
Lincs ECB Premier League
Market Deeping 155-8
Grantham travelled to Market Deeping with high hopes of continuing their run of form.
The toss came down in Grantham’s favour and captain Rohan Nurse had no hesitation in choosing to bat first.
Dan Freeman (28) and Karanjit Bansal started scoring freely from the beginning and it soon became apparent that Bansal was on a mission. He continued scoring quickly as he forged partnerships with Josh Mihill (43), Rohan Nurse (13) and David Whapplington (23no). He eventually finished unbeaten on 169no, with the total just shy of 300.
A daunting total for the home side did not dampen their spirits, however, and Grantham’s seamers failed to make a breakthrough early on.
It was spinners Bansal (3-37) and Neel Stevenson (5-58) who did the damage, bowling with control and discipline.
Grantham failed to pick up full bonus points, only claiming eight of the 10 wickets, but the 17-point victory puts them in a comfortable mid-table position and looking towards the top half as the season concludes.
South Lincs & Border League
Grantham 2nd 262-7
Belton Park 160
Belton Park arrived as favourites when they took on Grantham’s second string at Gorse Lane after dishing out a drubbing earlier in the season, but the home side were in no mood to roll over this time.
Batting first, Grantham put the Belton bowlers under severe pressure and they wilted as the home side piled on the runs with a complete top order performance.
Runs came from Steweart Mudie (41), Matthew Wing (39) and Danny Ashley (42), providing support for the classy James Cameron-Clarke who compiled 74, dispatching the deflated Belton bowlers to all parts of Gorse Lane and beyond.
Belton’s reply didn’t get any better and they were effectively out of the running after being reduced to 8-4, with Danny Ashley blowing away the top order.
Belton trundled along to 160 before Rahul Kumar and Louis Greetham picked up two wickets apiece to seal an emphatic victory.