CRICKET: Grantham CC record a third consecutive victory
Lincs ECB Premier League
Looking for a fourth consecutive victory, Grantham’s first XI welcomed last year’s league champions Bourne to Gorse Lane.
The day did not get off to an ideal start with the coin coming down in the visitors’ favour on a pitch that had been affected by rain on the previous day.
It did not take long for the first wicket to fall when Karanjit Bansal edged Colin Cheer for just eight in the third over.
Daniel Freeman (91) fell just short of three figures when he put a half-tracker down deep mid-wicket’s throat, but the partnerships of 67 with Josh Mihill (23) and 101 with Rohan Nurse (85no) took the score to 184-3 when he eventually left the field.
Rohan continued with Dan Webb (14) and David Whapplington (33no) to set a target of 279 for victory: a formidable one for a team that chose to bowl first.
Well aware of Bourne’s prolific scoring rate, Grantham did not panic when, in the first 10 overs, Bourne amassed 50 for the loss of only one wicket.
Joe Peck (3-35) made the first breakthrough and he and fellow strike bowler Dan Freeman (3-47) each collected three scalps in Grantham’s victory. Neel Stevenson (2-33) and Bansal (1-33) contributed with the ball and it was a tidy performance by the Grantham fielders.
With Jordan Temple unable to bat due to injury, Grantham collected full points after the ninth wicket fell and now have a safety net of 45 points between them and eighth placed Market Rasen.
Grantham make the trip to Louth this week, hoping to take their unbeaten streak to five.
South Lincs & Border League
Sleaford 2nd 190-9
Grantham 2nd 191-8
Grantham travelled to Sleaford knowing that they would be in for a tough day against one of the league’s form sides.
Sleaford had no hesitation in batting first after winning the toss but found the going tough as both Simon Oakes and Danny Ashley bowled in good areas to restrict Godby and Sneath.
It was Ashley (3-35) who made the breakthrough, dismissing both openers before Sleaford then rebuilt through Wilson and Ben Bulmer.
Both recorded 50s but Grantham’s pace-off bowlers kept the run rate to a below par chase of 190. Birthday boy Joe Farmer recorded figures of 5-47 off 10 overs.
The reply started at a good pace but the loss of wickets threatened to stall the chase. Stand out batsman was James Cameron-Clarke (65), flaying any width offered by the Sleaford bowlers.
Contributions from Martin Parmley and Danny Bates, with 25 apiece, helped to keep the reply on course, but there were some nerve jangling overs towards the end.Gaz Bennett (38no) stood tall and steered Grantham home with one wicket and three balls to spare to record an excellent win for Grantham.