CRICKET: Grantham first team win season opener against Welby

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South Lincs & Border League

Premier Division

Welby 82 all out

Grantham 84-4

Grantham’s first team welcomed Welby to Gorse Lane for the season opener in the league, hoping to get off to a good start.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat but were perhaps soon regretting that decision as Grantham’s strike bowlers made an excellent start. Charles Wright ripped through the first four openers whilst Simon Oakes bowled a very probing line, to which Welby had no answer, allowing him to pick up the next three wickets.

The first bowling change saw spinner Neel Stevenson into the attack and it did not take him long to get in amongst the wickets, taking three in total.

A combination of excellent bowling and poor shot selection by some of the Welby batsman saw the visitors reeling on 36-9. The final pair managed to bat well to get their side up to 82.

In reply, Grantham’s opening pair got the score to 22 before the departure of Oli Clawson, followed quickly by the loss of Martin Parmley and David Whappington, which saw the hosts on 33-3.

A partnership of 47 between opener Mark Fell and Stewart Mudie took the result of the game into no doubt, although Welby did manage to claim the wicket of the latter with just three runs required.

The winning runs were scored by Fell who finished on 47no and guided Grantham to a maximum points win.

l Elsewhere, hosts Belton Park also got off to a winning start with the highest scoring match in the South Lincs Premier.

Gavin Clarke took 5-45 as Woodhall Spa 2nd ended on 184-9. Dan Reynolds anchored the home side’s innings with 85 from 86 balls and, with good support from Matthew Law (33), helped Belton Park (187-4) to a six-wicket victory with seven overs to spare.

In Division One, Grantham second string’s 75 all out was wiped up by Long Sutton 2nd (76-1).