Grantham & Melton Association
Belton Park 76 all out
Opening batsmen Jamie Morgan hit a career best unbeaten 204 to lead last season’s champions Buckminster to a massive 300-run victory over Belton Park.
It was only the second occurrence of a Buckminster player hitting a double-century, following Dave Billington’s 206no against Sileby Town eight years ago.
Morgan’s innings included 18 fours and nine sixes, and he received good support from Jack Berry (48) and Dave Allen (87).
In reply, William Rich top scored with 17 as Ben Stafford picked up 3-15 in a hopeless run chase.
Ashby Carington 91 all out
Grantham lost the toss and the home team decided to have a bat.
Grantham set the scene straight away, taking early wickets. Ashby Carington were soon 18-5 thanks to an outstanding spell from Joe Peck taking 6-23 off his 10 overs.
The visitors kept building the pressure thanks to tight bowling from Neil Stevenson (1-26).
Ashby fought back as best they could with some gutsy batting from Rob Woods and Matt Harby.
Grantham did not get off to the best start, losing the in-form Stewart Mudie early on for just four.
Despite losing a few early wickets, Grantham chased down the small total with relative ease, knocking them off in 17 overs.
Grantham 2nd 187-7
Barkston & Syston 170-9
Grantham’s second string assembled at Gorse Lane on a sunny Sunday afternoon looking for their second win of the season.
They started off badly by losing the toss but were asked to bat, which suited them.
Charlie and Tim Mihill opened and started well before the former kicked a wide on to his own stumps.
Fergus Myles joined Tim and the two batted very well. Tim scored 66 with some fine drives and Fergus (54no) knocked out some fine cuts with quick running.
With a few lusty blows from the supporting cast, Grantham reached a healthy 187 from their 40 overs.
In reply, Barkston batted well against some good strike bowling from Greg Mihill and Alec Hackney, and then came up against the quality off-spin of Mo who bowled quite beautifully.
Wickets fell regularly, however, with good spells by Charlie Mihill and Rahul and in the end Barkston fell short by 30 runs.
It was an improved performance by Grantham with some good catches and fielding, and excellent work by Ben Kennedy-Short behind the stumps.
South Lincs & Border League
Bourne 2nd 166-7
Grantham took on Bourne’s second string at Gorse Lane, hoping to get back to winning ways.On winning the toss, Bourne elected to bat.
With the score on nine, Joe Peck made the first breakthrough when he removed J. Howard. R. Dunn was the next to fall for six laborious runs thanks to Simon Oakes who then quickly dismissed A. Stroud to leave Bourne on 49-3.
T. Bentley and S. Evison moved the score on to 87 before Bentley was removed for 24 by Joe Peck, who then immediately took out the new batsman G. Evison.
A good partnership then followed for Bourne to move the score on to 146 when Neil Stevenson caught and bowled J. Bentley.
Rohan Nurse dismissed S. Evison who scored a fine 50.
In reply, Grantham got off to a bad start when they lost D. Whapplington for a duck.
Stewart Mudie and Nurse helped rebuild the innings before both fell in close succession with the score on 53. This caused a mid order collapse and saw Grantham reduced to 74-7.
Rory Johnson and Peck pushed the score past 100 before Rory was dismissed for 19. Peck continued to bat well and was ably supported by Stevenson, and then Simon Oakes, to push Grantham close to an unlikely victory.
Unfortunately for Grantham, their winning target proved to be just out of reach, with the excellent unbeaten Peck finishing just one run short of his maiden half-century for the club .
Grantham 186 all out
Spalding 2nd 142 all out
Grantham’s second team travelled to Spalding 2nd 15 points behind the league leaders, knowing a convincing victory could put them top of the table.
The home side won the toss and decided to bowl which at first proved to be the right decision as Grantham were 26-3 at one stage.
Alex Kettle (31) started a much needed recovery, supported by Danny Ashley (52) and Danny Bates (53), leaving Grantham with a defendable 186 runs on the board.
Spalding looked to be in total control at the start of their reply, posting 42 runs before losing their first wicket.
But a strong team spirit and man-of-the-match Danny Ashley (12 overs, 4-28) and Jacob Unsworth (six overs, 2-40) made sure Grantham won the game by 42 runs.
Grantham remained second in the league but are now only three points adrift.