CRICKET: Grantham suffer surprise defeat at lowly Louth

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In a weekend when Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League teams paid their tributes to umpire Steve Massingham, who died the previous Saturday, bottom side Louth produced the surprise result of the day with a victory over high flyers Grantham.

Rain delayed the start at Louth until after 2pm when the teams began a 60-over game, Grantham batting first and losing three wickets for 29 runs before a middle order revival.

Andy Carrington bowled an economical eight overs that brought him three for 18 and three run outs contributed to Grantham’s final score of 111 all out in the 29th over.

Louth lost their first wicket on six but had 42 on the board when the second fell, bringing Richard Bell out to join Xander Pitchers in a partnership that took Louth to victory, Pitchers unbeaten on 60.

This win moved Louth up a place above Boston who are now bottom after losing to Alford.

Meanwhile at Grimsby, Neal Snell fired his side to victory over Lindum with a devastating bowling spell that brought him an eight wicket haul, and Bracebridge Heath notched up a mighty 375 for five with Matt Lineker scoring the day’s only century as Rikki Bovey fell just two short of his ton in Alford’s win over Boston.

An opening stand of 206 between Lineker and David Whapplington set the scene for Bracebridge’s match winning total at home to Market Deeping.

At Sleaford, Woodhall Spa moved into second place behind Bracebridge after Prasanna Jayawardene had hit 50 of their 197 runs, Adi Sreedharan taking four for 30 in 11 overs.

Spalding won the toss and elected to bat at Bourne, but from 46 for one lost wickets at regular intervals and were all out for 155, Chris Dring top scoring with 48 and Matthew Kidd taking four wickets for Bourne.

The home side lost a wicket on four but had 66 on the board when Jordan Temple was out for 40. Sam Evison made 41 and from 114 for five, Rob Bentley and Quewin O’Connor batted their way to victory, leaving Bourne in equal third place with Grantham.

Results: Bracebridge Heath 375-7 (Lineker 119, Whapplington 89, Fraser-Cattanach 50no); Market Deeping 131 (Willerton 6-42); Spalding 155, Bourne 159-5; Alford 201-9 (Bovey 98, Haffejee 5-57), Boston 160; Grantham 111, Louth 114-2 (Pitchers 60no) – reduced to 60-over match; Woodhall Spa 197 (Jayawardene 50), Sleaford 148 (Burford 57); Lindum 67 (Snell 8-44), Grimsby Town 68-2 – reduced to 72-over match.