CRICKET: Grantham first XI move up to third in ECB League
Lincolnshire ECB Premier League
Grantham moved into third place after beating Skegness with six balls of the match to spare.
Dan Freeman returned from injury to take five wickets for Grantham as the seasiders were all out for 206. Dan Webb with 63 and Ben Powell (81) then saw their side to a three wicket win.
Skegness won the toss at Grantham and elected to bat. Pradeep Chanditha and Dylan Labuschagne gave them a solid start, but both perished in quick succession, the first two of Daniel Freeman’s five wickets.
Forty-seven for two soon became 84-4 with Jamie Epton and Norman Brackley back in the pavilion.
Despite reaching double figures, Saeed Bariwala failed to go on to make a big score and was bowled by Neel Stevenson, which brought Chamberlain to the middle.
He built partnerships with Richie Hewitt, Ray Jordan, Tom Cuthbert and brother Mark Chamberlain with an innings that included nine fours and two sixes, before he was bowled by Freeman trying to steer the ball to the fine leg boundary.
Freeman begins his next match on a technical hat-trick after dislodging Cole Nelson’s leg stump with the next delivery. He finished with figures of 5-43 off his 13.4 overs.
Grantham’s reply waivered when openers Ross Carnelley and James Dobson were both removed by Jordan.
But Ben Powell and home skipper Daniel Webb had other ideas. They put on 122 for the third wicket, taking their score to 166-three, before Webb was also bowled by Jordan.
Matthew Wing lasted just five balls before being caught behind by Chamberlain off Jordan, raising the seasiders’ hopes again.
Jamie Brumby partnered Powell for a useful 25 runs before James Keast and Joe Peck saw them over the line with six balls left.