CRICKET: Grantham CC’s Mudie and Bansal stand out in the rain
ECB Premier League
(match abandoned due to rain).
In a rain-affected match, Grantham batted well to set home side Grimsby a formidable total on a pitch where runs were hard to come by.
Two batsmen stood out for Grantham – Stewart Mudie battled hard after facing 31 balls without scoring to end up with 54, and Karanjit Bansal stuck in as others fell around him, to end the innings unbeaten on 89.
Unfortunately the rain fell hard during tea and the visitors never got the chance to secure any further points when the game was abandoned at the interval.
South Lincs & Border League
Woodhall Spa 2nd 212-7
Belton Park 93-3
(match abandoned due to rain)
Played in good spirit with both sides employing a mixture of youth and experience, the game was interestingly poised when rain brought proceedings to a premature end.
Having been asked to bat, Woodhall got off to a rapid start, reaching 82-1 before the introduction of the Pollard twins into the attack brought about a mini-collapse, reducing Spa to 96-6, including the prized wicket of opener Bee (43).
Jake (3-47) and Luke (2-33) were well-supported by some excellent fielding by the younger members of the team as all six wickets were caught, the pick of which was from skipper Ward.
Unfortunately, a rain delay caused Belton to lose momentum and some fine lower order batting by Haslam (47) and King (51 no) with a century partnership allowed Woodhall to declare after 40 overs.
With 50 overs to chase the runs, Belton made a solid start before losing two wickets with the score on 53, including Perera’s 25. Youngster Harry Johnson(30no) then impressed but with the game in the balance, rain had the final say.
Grantham hosted early season favourites, Boston, at Gorse Lane. After losing the toss, Grantham were watchful in the face of some tidy bowling and made slow but steady progress, with the evergreen Martin Parmley (41) leading the way.
But Parmley received little support and, after losing too many cheap wickets, Grantham stumbled along to 113.
Boston lost Hood early in their reply to Adam Parker and Ady Wing, then removed the dangerous Newman to give Grantham a glimmer of hope, but Baxter and Musson saw Boston over the line.
Grantham 3rd 143-8
Grantham made the journey to Cavaliers for the second match of the season and, on winning the toss, chose to bowl.
With 14 runs on the scoreboard, Grantham made the first break through with Will Abbot (2-12) finding the edge of the bat. Wickets continued to fall at a steady rate, with only Vidit Matta (83) providing steady resistance. Phil Abbot was the stand-out bowler, taking 5-25, whilst Craig Corby supported from the other end with 2-33.
Grantham’s reply got off to a difficult start with three men already back in the pavilion with the score on 34. Debutant Chris Hall top scored with a steady but excellent knock of 63.
However, with only Will Abbot (25no) playing any supportive role, Grantham fell 43 runs short of victory as they ran out of overs.
Grantham 4th 136
Ten-man Grantham restricted Spalding to 145 off 45 overs. Wickets from Alex Hackney, Dave Langford and Mason Hilldreth (début), along with two run-outs, gained three bowling points.
And Spalding never got to grips with the bowling of the other debutants, Harry Robinson and Jaden Fell.
Grantham got off to a flyer and were coasting at 65-1 before a middle order collapse saw three quick wickets fall. The ever dependable Dave Langford held it together and reached 57 before falling lbw. Alex Hackney and Nick Fruin then made a late dash for the win as they took the Spalding spin attack apart.
But the missing man was to cost the game when Spalding mopped up the tail with the return of pace.
Grantham & Melton Association
Ashby Carington 154-8
Grantham began their league campaign in fine form with a huge victory over Ashby Carrington.
But they started the day badly, losing the toss, but from that point everything went the way of the home side.
Rohan Nurse and David Whapplington (18) opened the batting. Whapplington looked to be in good form before he was undone by strike bowler Simon Palmer. Two others came and went before Matthew Wing (63no) came to the crease. The pair ended the innings with an unbeaten partnership of 149 and Nurse batted the full 50 overs to score 158no, a truly magnificent effort from the overseas captain.
Despite being faced with a mammoth target of 272 for victory, Ashby Carington came out with a point to prove and there were numerous contributions from throughout the ranks.
But in the end, the target was too great to overcome. Pick of the bowlers was Joe Peck (3-21).
South Notts League
Belvoir’s Danny Gibson tore in as usual, getting movement and bounce, and taking two early wickets as Ellerslie struggled to 37-3.
Ellerslie captain John Wakeling had looked dangerous with four well-struck boundaries in his 21 before being excellently caught by Olly Clayfield diving at cover. Phil Irvine, Olly Elson and Lewis Dann all bowled tightly but without much luck.
The middle of the innings was dominated by Ellerslie’s Kane Wilson (65) before being brilliantly caught at full-stretch by wicket-keeper Ryan Lewis off the returning Gibson (4-21). The tail collapsed to Dann’s well-flighted off-spin, giving him figures of 3-30.
Belvoir got off to a rapid start getting to 45-1 in nine overs. A string of six wickets for five runs saw Belvoir collapse to 50 -7. But Phil Irvine (23), Joe Bottomley and Danny Gibson restored some pride to Belvoir’s batting. Irvine was last out with the score seven short of 100.