CRICKET: Grantham sides enjoy mixed bag of results
ECB Premier League
Grantham 1st XI 130-9
Lindum 1st XI 131-2
Grantham entertained Lindum on Saturday at Gorse Lane on Saturday afternoon.
The coin toss was attended by match day sponsors Hodgson Wealth Management and saw the visitors win and elect to bowl on a lively wicket.
Grantham struggled to get any sort of hold on the innings and wickets tumbled regularly throughout the 50 overs.
With runs hard to come by, the pressure got to Grantham’s top-order, managing to notch up just 62 between them. Dan Webb (26) top-scored for the home side with the only consolation being that they finished the overs without being bowled out.
Strike bowler Joe Peatman collected the best figures of the day with 3-39.
Although well short of where they would have liked to be, Grantham knew that, with a couple of quick wickets, momentum could easily shift their way.
It seemed that the Lindum openers had other ideas, however, and the opening partnership of 107 meant the game was well and truly out of reach. Charles Tomlinson (74) led from the front for Lindum.
Grantham managed to collect both the openers’ wickets but will need to pick themselves up before they travel to Skegness this week.
SLBL Premier Division
Stamford 1st XI 85
Grantham 2nd XI 207-5
After a bit of an unsteady start to the season, Grantham 2nd travelled to Stamford town on an overcast morning to try and change their luck.
On arrival, Grantham skipper Martin Parmley won the toss and decided to bat. Opening the batting with James Cameron-Clarke, the pair started a display which seemed to buck the trends of earlier weeks.
The first wicket fell at a score of 56, with Cameron-Clarke out for 29. Parmley continued to bat, with supporting roles played by Danny Ashley (15) and Danyal Bazmi (23) amongst others. Parmley finishing up with a spectacular 114no.
The second innings saw it go Grantham’s way again, as the bowling started strongly.
Opener Clive Simmons started well, scoring 19, before being caught behind by Rory Johnson, but the day was to be Grantham’s as the Stamford team struggled to score runs.
Three wickets apiece for Bazmi and Joe Farmer, and the remainder spread through the bowlers, saw Stamford fall for just 85 runs off 34 overs.
Grantham 3rd XI 136
Baston 1st XI 77
Grantham travelled to Baston to be greeted by a wet, uncovered wicket and duly lost the toss and batted first.
The left/right combination of Ady Wing and Paul Johnson seemed to trouble the Baston bowlers’ line as the pair put on 41 for the first wicket. Johnson went on to top score with 35 as the Grantham batters worked patiently to compile some sort of total against some tight, slow bowling on a slower pitch.
Contributions from Jaden Fell (10) and Phil Abbott (23) helped the score along to a defendable 136.
The reply for Baston was watchful as Jacob Unsworth turned in tidy figures of 2-20 off 7 overs. Veteran Phil Abbott then tied up an end with 2-19 off 12 overs and was well supported by the change bowlers.
Fell conceded just two runs from his allotted six overs but it was Lewis Bromfield and Wing who mopped up any resistance with three wickets apiece.
Grantham 4th XI 105
Boston 3rd XI 225-7
Grantham lost the toss and Boston elected to bat.
Grantham had a solid start and initially contained the batting side whilst taking regular wickets. Mason Hildreth was amongst the wickets again with 3-65 off 12 overs, and George Dudley narrowly missed out on a hat trick, finishing with 2-27 off four. Oliver Barry returned great figures 0-12 off four overs on his debut.
After drinks, Boston stepped up the pace and a rapid 64no from M. Troops took the total to 225-7.
In reply, a steady 35 from Joe Starbuck saw a good foundation to the innings, however, despite all the batsmen making contributions this start could not be built on and the Grantham team dwindled to 105 all out.
Grantham Sunday 1st XI 209
Newborough 1st XI 140
In the first round of the John Wilcox Cup, Grantham travelled to Newborough to face an unknown opponent.
Grantham started well, winning the toss and choosing to bat. Captain Ross Carnelley opened the batting with his Saturday partner in crime, James Dobson. They started with promise, hitting balls to all parts before Dobson missed a straight one and had to depart with only 12 to his name.
Carnelly continued to bat with patience throughout the innings and support from Ben Powell (30), Danny Ashley (24) and Louis Greetham (21) kept the score ticking along. The tail did not add much to the total and Grantham were dismissed in the 48th over. Carnelley ended up with 86 runs to his name.
Newborough looked strong as they started their innings and openers Greg Rowland (34) and Sam Malton (2) played confidently for the first 10 overs. It was strike bowler Joe Peck who took the first wicket, trapping Malton LBW and, following three quick wickets from off-spinner Neel Stevenson (6-42), the damage was nearly done.
An entertaining cameo from the home side’s captain, Ashley Fisher (32), was ended in Ben Powell’s first over and Grantham marched forward to the next round of the competition.
GMCA Plate Cup
Grantham Sunday 2nd 107
Barkby 1st XI 108
Grantham won the toss and after being put in to bat, Barkby scored 108 all out. Dan Gascoyne was the pick of the bowling for Grantham with four wickets.
Grantham then got off to a slow start, losing three early wickets for just 19 runs, when Dan Gascoyne (24) and Ben Kennedy-Short (18) brought Grantham back into the game.
After losing them both, Grantham were back on the back foot again when young Jared Hackney came in and scored a stunning 21 runs, nearly winning Grantham the game. Hackney then got caught in a stunning backwards diving catch, meaning that Grantham fell short of victory by just two runs.
Grantham under-13s continue to make good progress in their first season in the Newark Junior League, beating Bingham on Friday.
The under-11s snatched victory from Caythorpe in an away fixture. Top performers were Taylor Fell (20no) and (35no), Emily Lambe (31no), Thomas Bide (3-16), Matthew Barry (3-17) and (35no).