CRICKET: Grantham take outright win on final ball
Lincs ECB Premier League
Nettleham 1st XI 145
Grantham 1st XI 190-8
Currently sitting top of the league, Grantham travelled to league newcomers Nettleham.
Captain Dan Freeman continued his excellent form with the coin and elected to bat first on a dry, abrasive wicket.
Ross Carnelley (14) and James Dobson (35) started quickly before a mix-up left Ross stranded halfway down the wicket. Grantham then struggled to gain a foothold in the innings, losing six wickets for just 101 runs.
At this point, vice-captain Dan Webb (60) and Jamie Brumby (31) combined for a stand of 77 and took the visitors into a more commanding position.
Rhett Bridgens was the pick of the bowlers for Nettleham, picking up 5 wickets for 53 runs.
Nettleham scored steadily throughout their innings but, with wickets falling regularly to Dan Freeman (3-21) and James Keast (3-53), the total was soon beyond the Nettleham batters.
However, they changed tact and tried to accumulate as many points as they could from the encounter. Once they had passed the 75 per cent mark, James White and Danny Lea were happy to shut up shop and play for the losing draw.
Grantham’s bowlers toiled hard, trying to find a way to take the final wicket; but when the final over came, it looked like the home side would hold out. Joe Peck (2-17) was given the task of trying to take the final wicket but all seemed lost as James White was allowed to leave the first four balls of the over.
Having played the penultimate ball off his hip to the square leg fielder, White readied himself for the final delivery. Unfortunately for him, a quick Yorker took the middle stump out of the ground and the celebrations started for Grantham.
Having snatched victory on the final ball of the game, Grantham remain top of the league with a 10 point gap between them and next week’s opponents Market Deeping.
Grantham 1st XI will be playing at Gorse Lane on Saturday and the club, as always, is open to the public.
South Lincs & Border League
Grantham 2nd XI 237-6
Belton 1st XI 75
Grantham welcomed local rivals Belton Park to Gorse Lane, hoping to follow up on last weekend’s convincing win at Billingborough.
On losing the toss, Grantham were asked to bat first. After the early wicket of Martin Parmley, Stewart Mudie (21) and Charles Wright (39) batted well to give Grantham a solid start.
An excellent contribution from Jaden Fell (37) and a superb knock from Rory Johnson (57no), with help from Gaz Bennett (19no), set Belton Park a formidable target.
In reply, the visitors never got going thanks to some excellent bowling for the second week running from Danny Ashley who ripped through their top order, taking six wickets for 23. He was ably supported by all the Grantham bowlers, with Jake Unsworth taking two wickets and Rahul Kumar and Sheriyal Bazmi taking a wicket apiece.
Spalding 2nd XI 177-8
Grantham 3rd XI 71
Grantham travelled to league leaders Spalding with a depleted side, but more than made up for this with a fantastic effort in the field.
All of the juniors acquitted themselves well with Harry Robinson and Jared Hackney bowling tidy spells to restrict Spalding, before leg spinner Lewis Bromfield took the wicket of Rob Noble who constructed a dogged 59. Skipper Ady Wing then weighed in with 5-23, but not before Spalding had posted 177.
Grantham’s reply was kept in check but at 20 overs was on a par with Spalding at the same point.
The wet wicket made it difficult to score, with only Ady Wing (24) reaching double figures. Once Spalding got through the top three, Grantham’s inexperience was evident and offered little resistance, finally succumbing for 71.
Belton Park 2nd 113
Long Sutton 2nd 114-6
Having been asked to bat, Belton made a trouble-free start to their innings with Richard Cocks (19) and Tom Oates (16) easing to 37 for the first wicket.
The introduction of spin from both ends changed the game dramatically as Belton lost seven wickets for 20 runs, slumping to 71-8.
It was left to the ninth wicket pairing of Callum Durham, with a composed 33, supported by Mick Coulson (7no), to bring respectability to proceedings.
Belton were always going to find it difficult to defend such a modest total as Long Sutton also got off to a solid start.
It was again the change of bowling that brought Belton back into the game as Durham, with the miserly figures of 3-13 off 10 overs and Coulson 2-30, supported by young keeper Tom Helliwell with two good catches, helped reduce Sutton to 50-4.
With the game in the balance, James Coote (28no) protected Sutton’s long tail and guided his team to victory by four wickets.
Grantham 4th XI 104
Baston 1st XI 202-6
Baston won the toss and elected to bat. They struggled with the Grantham bowling, with both Eathan Milne (9-40-1) and Charlotte Cross (10-27-2) getting swing and movement. Sean Nel (4-18-1) was impressive, gaining his debut wicket.
Baston’s middle order then set about making the most of the 10-man fielding side, with Hudson (67) and Hilless (80no) the mainstays.
The experience of the Grantham chairman was evident in the field, raising the standards and taking an excellent catch in the deep.
In reply, Grantham set off like a train with Mark Donnellan (22) and Alex Hackney (43).
However Baston brought on bowlers Dyer and Hilless to stem the flow and Grantham started to lose wickets. The middle order quickly collapsed and the inexperienced tail end followed.
Rutland & District League
Grantham Sunday 1st XI 175-2
March Town Sunday 1st XI 172-6
March Town visited Gorse Lane for the first time this year and, when they had seen the pitch and won the toss, chose to bat first.
It was a dream start for Grantham, however, with strike bowlers Joe Peck (2-29) and Newl Stevenson (1-39) taking three wickets for the first 10 runs.
A 100-run partnership between Brandon Phillips (65) and Nathan Oliver (38) brought March back in contention and the lower order kept the score ticking over right until the final over.
A total short of par was quickly chased down by Grantham’s batsmen. Openers James Dobson and Stewaart Mudie (11) put on 88 for the first wicket but, following a smart piece of fielding by Adam Conyard to run out Rory Johnson for 0, March Town took no further part in the game.
Dobson batted aggressively throughout and finished with 115 runs from 87 balls, including 19 fours and three sixes.
A magnificent display of hitting kept Grantham top of the league.