CRICKET: Grantham repeat performance to triumph over Spalding again
Lincs ECB Premier League
Following a 20-point victory against Market Rasen, Grantham welcomed Spalding to Gorse Lane in high spirits.
When these two teams met earlier in the season, Grantham romped to victory, scoring 326 and conceding only 150 runs in the hunt for 10 wickets.
Hoping to repeat the performance, Rohan Nurse chose to bat first and Dan Freeman and Karanjit Bansal (35) made their way to the wicket.
It was a promising start for the home side when the opening partnership passed 50. Bansal scored freely before being dismissed by Charlie Kearns, and he was replaced by Josh Mihill (33).
Dan Freeman continued to test the patience of the Spalding bowlers, punishing the bad balls, and when Mihill was replaced by captain Nurse (55no), who was subsequently joined by Daniel Webb (39), the relentless scoring picked up speed.
Freeman was eventually dismissed by Jack Barratt but not before he passed three figures and ended with 122.
The Grantham bowlers made an early breakthrough when James Hook was clean-bowled by Joe Peck, but Spalding put together a tidy partnership of 84 to put them in contention.
Warren Nel (49) and Josh Newton (52) were just starting to gain momentum before Peck made a second vital breakthrough, skittling Newton in the 24th over.
From that point, wickets became easier to come by with Peck leading the bowlers and collecting four more scalps to finish with figures of 6-50.
The big victory over Spalding put Grantham eighth in the league and in a strong position for when they play Market Deeping on Saturday.
South Lincs & Border League
Grantham 2nd XI travelled to mid-table Stamford knowing they faced a stiff challenge after Stamford had put together a string of impressive results.
Grantham batted first and, although the ball kept low, pushed on to 89-2 at the drinks break.
Contributions from Stewart Mudie (40), Martin Parmley (38) and Darren Ashley (37) all added to a decent total.
Gaz Bennett (50no) cut lose with some powerful drives, pushing the total up to 212.
Grantham’s reply started with the experienced Joe Farmer and Darren Ashley.
Farmer bowled without any luck, so it was down to the change bowlers Rahul Khumar, Addy Parker and Ady Wing who, assisted by some good catching, all picked up three wickets apiece to put the game beyond reach.