CRICKET: Grantham go top of the table in South Lincs Premier

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South Lincs & Border League

Premier Division

Boston 63 all out

Grantham 64-8

Grantham welcomed Boston to Gorse Lane for a top of the table clash.

Due to poor weather all week, the wicket was wet and perfect for the bowlers on both sides, and very difficult for the batsman. On winning the toss, Grantham had no hesitation but to put Boston into bat.

This decision proved to be a good one as Simon Oakes made some early inroads with Boston losing two wickets for five runs. Joe Peck then emphatically bowled the Boston skipper Tom Baxter, followed by Oakes taking the next three wickets, one of which was to a fine catch by Peck.

This left Boston on 37-6 and in trouble but a good partnership of 21 took the score past 50 before Neil Stevenson removed Ricky Drury. This then left Charles Wright to run through the tail, taking the last three wickets. Oakes was the pick of the bowlers with 5-17

Grantham knew that batting was not going to be easy against a good Boston attack on a difficult wicket, despite only having a small target to chase.

This was proven to be true as they soon lost their opening batsman with the score on nine. A partnership of 26 between Martin Parmley and David Whapplington seemed to be taking the game away from Boston, before both of them fell in quick succession with the score at 36-4.

Wickets continued to fall thanks to the bowling of Baxter and with the score on 48 -7, the game was finally balanced.

Grantham edged up to 60 courtesy of Oli Clawson and Peck. With one boundary required, Peck was caught looking to finish the game,.

Clawson batted with maturity and saw his side over the line and move to the top of the table.

Division One

Market Deeping 2nd 100 all out

Grantham 2nd 104-6

Grantham made the trip to table-topping Market Deeping who were unbeaten this season.

Grantham won the toss and invited Deeping to bat first. Adam Parker (1- 24) was again the man to make the early breakthrough, nipping out Nick Andrews in the third over. Deeping rallied with Rich Witt (36) leading the way before falling to Grantham skipper Ady Wing.

Grantham kept the pressure on and Deeping struggled to score without losing wickets, finally being bowled out in 30 overs with Lewis Greetham (1-17) Danny Ashley (2-24) and Wing’s 5-28 restricting the home side to an achievable target.

The Grantham fielders worked hard to support the bowlers and caught well, the highlight being a screamer at first slip by Wing.

The run chase was never going to be easy on a still-tricky wicket, particularly when Fergus Myles was unlucky to be adjudged LBW early on.

Just as Grantham looked to be getting the upper hand, Deeping would pick up a wicket and put pressure back on.Contributions from Tim Mihill and veteran Paul Johnson (20) saw the target eroded before Danny Bates (27) broke Deeping’s spirits.

The home side picked up a cheap wicket before Grantham finally secured a convincing win inside 25 overs.

Division Two

Grantham 3rd 116-6

Belton Park 2nd 117-9

Belton Park won the toss and put Grantham in to bat on a damp and soft track.

Max Everett provided a solid start with 26 before a middle order collapse was rescued by Will Stevens (34no) and Harvey Stevens 20.

In reply, Grantham quickly had Belton in trouble thanks to Harvey Stevens (2-18) and Alex Hackney (3-16).

With early wickets and poor run rate, Grantham appeared to have it in the bag, however Belton rallied after drinks and edged towards target.

Although wickets fell gradually, Grantham rued the dropped catches and Belton made it home with an over to spare and just one wicket standing.

Grantham & Melton Association

Division One

Grantham 141 all out

Buckminster 72 all out

Buckminster won the toss and put Grantham into bat on a wet and lively wicket.

Buckminster got off to a good start, taking one of the openers in the first over. Luckily, Gaz Bennett and Joe Peck (20) had a good partnership and steadied the ship.

Danny Ashley chipped in with 22, and Bennett saved the day with his match winning innings of 75 from 95 balls.

Grantham got off to a great start, taking wickets right from the off thanks to Neel Stevenson who was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4-27 off his 10 overs.

Adrian Wing (1-23) also bowled very tightly.

Division Three

Melton Mowbray 211 all out

Grantham 2nd 206-5

On a sunny afternoon at Gorse Lane, the visiting batsmen made a steady start against some good bowling by Tim and Greg Mihill.

The first wicket was taken by Greg Mihill which brought Australian visitor Matthew Worsop to the crease. He proceeded to bat superbly and scored 94 in a very quick time, with an array of outstanding strokes including several sixes.

Grantham stuck to the task well and when Worsop finally succumbed to very good catch by Tim Mihill of the testy off-breaks of Ian Mihil, the wickets began to fall.

Three wickets for I. Mihill and two for Hackney and Kennedy-Short were supported by good fielding and three great boundary catches.

After an outstanding tea, Adam Shaw opened the batting with Max Everett who had the joy of facing the Australian strike bowler, who proceeded to bowl 10 overs for 23 runs.

Shaw and Everett batted superbly, scoring 59 and 91 respectively, and with good support from Dave Langsford, Fergus and Ben, Grantham needed 14 off the last over.

Some lusty blows from Tim Mihill were almost enough, but not quite, with Grantham falling short and ending up with a six required to win the match on the last ball – but it was not to be.