CRICKET: Grantham matches end in a draw and a defeat
ECB Premier League
Grantham hosted Grimsby at Gorse Lane on Saturday in a very important game in the context of the season, with both sides hovering around the relegation zone.
Although Grantham were 15 points ahead of Grimsby, a win would give them a bit of breathing room as the season builds to a climax.
Grimsby won the toss and came out firing, chancing their arms at any width offered by the Grantham bowlers. Connor Hawkins smashed 71 off as many balls and Michael Brown scored 69 at a canter.
Grantham lacked discipline throughout the innings which was disappointing for a side that has been improving steadily since the start of the season. Joe Peck picked up his third five-wicket haul of the season, finishing with figures of 5-49. Fielding errors would ultimately cost Grantham 30 runs and leave a big ask for the batsmen.
Grimsby were not so generous with their fielding throughout the innings and Grantham’s top order had to work hard for every run.
Karanjit Bansal and Dan Webb were dismissed as the score passed 50, but a 65-run partnership between Josh Mihill (28) and newcomer Daniel Freeman (56) put Grantham back in the running.
Captain Rohan Nurse scored 56 in 47 balls but was eventually run out by a smart piece of fielding from David Carr.
From that point, Grantham were always just off the run rate and eventually finished the innings 11 runs short having lost eight wickets.
The draw closed the gap between the two sides by four points but Grantham will be disappointed to have missed out at home, especially as they travel to second placed Woodhall Spa next week.
South Lincs & Border League
Grantham 2nd 111
Grantham made the trip down the A52 knowing they faced a stern test at league leaders Boston.
Grantham batted first and lost Martin Parmley early but Stew Mudie dug in to put together a hard earned 46.
Boston bowled tight lines, forcing Grantham into mistakes with one of their Australian pros, Ben Vella, picking up five wickets.
What should have been a routine chase suddenly intensified with the loss of two wickets, with Jacob Unsworth (2-18) leading the way. When skipper Ady Wing (2-18) then removed Dave Newman and Tom Baxter, Boston were under the cosh.
Hood rode his luck and cobbled together 34 which finally saw Boston home.
Both teams observed a minute’s silence prior to the game to mark the loss of club stalwart Dennis Pridmore who sadly passed away this week.