CRICKET: Grantham up set the Peck-ing order
Lincs ECB Premier League
Grantham hosted Lindum on Saturday following a spell of defeats, collapses and general difficulty for the team.
With Lindum sat at the opposite end of the table, the home side knew it would be a difficult task to defeat last year’s runners-up on an overcast day.
The task was made harder still when the coin came down in favour of Lindum and they had no hesitation in choosing to bowl on a wicket that has not seen many high scores in the 2015 season.
The decision was vindicated before too long when 18-year-old Tom Lindsey dismissed opener Dan Webb with a smart away swinger which found the outside edge.
Batting was tough going, with the ball swinging both ways from the start, and the pitch was happy to offer a bit of assistance too.
Wickets fell at regular intervals throughout the innings but some useful 20/30-run partnerships in the latter stages of the innings saw Grantham finish the innings with 153. Charles Wright battled hard from number five to score the highest individual total of 33.
The cloud was still sitting low in the sky as Grantham took to the field and readied their strike bowlers to test Lindum’s top order.
No-one could have predicted what happened next, though. Joe Peck made a breakthrough in the first over, skittling debutant Adam Lilley on his first ball.
It was not long before the second fell, again to Peck, following a smart leg-side catch from keeper David Whapplington.
The wickets then began to tumble as Peck took his third, fourth and fifth, including the key wicket of Lincolnshire batsman Luke Robinson for just four runs, with some hostile short bowling.
In the 17thover, Peck took his seventh for the day when the opposition captain was hit on the gloves.
Lindum were not planning to lie down though and Ryan Sneddon (18) and Tom Lindsay (35) put on a partnership of 38.
A rain delay gave both sides the chance for a breather before Peck continued his efforts. His eighth and final wicket was a beauty, swinging across the left-handed Sneddon to be snaffled by captain Rohan Nurse at second slip.
Unable to make any further impact on the game, Peck finished with figures of 8-43 off 17 overs.
Grantham wrapped up the victory by 36 runs.
South Lincs & Border League
Long Sutton 45-2
(match abandoned – rain)
Grantham fell foul of the rain on Saturday when Long Sutton made the trip to Gorse Lane.
The home side posted an impressive total in their 45 overs, with Ben Kennedy-Short scoring 50 before eventually being dismissed by James Booth.
In reply, Long Sutton scored rapidly, reaching 45-2 after eight overs, but the rain fell heavily and the teams were forced to concede defeat to mother nature as the match was abandoned.
Grantham & Melton
Sileby Town 94
Grantham welcomed Sileby to Gorse Lane on Sunday when it turned out to be a comprehensive victory for the home side.
Wickets were shared between Danny Ashley (4-26) and Neel Stevenson (4-13). Ryan Dawson (43) led the attack for the away team but it was Stevenson who sent a big turning off-spinner through the gate and on to the stumps.
Wickets fell quickly without the visitors troubling the scoreboard, as Sileby limped to a total of 95.
Grantham only lost a single wicket in reply and it was a smart half century for opener Stewart Mudie who finished unbeaten on 54 as the home side passed the required total.
Danny Ashley added to his four wickets with 30 runs of his own and Grantham picked up a full 20 points from the day.