CRICKET: Parker century is backbone to Barkston & Syston victory
Barkston & Syston 259-9
Nettleham 2nd 81
Fifteen-year-old Liam Parker hit his first century as Barkston & Syston continued their winning ways.
Having now got used to this league, newcomers and fifth-placed Barkston & Syston took on bottom side Nettleham 2nd. The visitors had yet to win a game while the home side were unbeaten in their last three matches after losing their first two games.
Being put in to bat, the home side recorded their highest score since joining the league and the best of the day, making 259-9 (the fourth highest in the league this season).
Top scorer for them and making his maiden century was opener Liam Parker who made 104, including 21 fours, notching 71 before the first wicket fell. A. Hirst added 41 and D. Modd 29.
Most successful Nettleham bowler was 14-year-old, Dan Hopkirk with 4-53.
After the break, the Barkston bowlers soon made headway into the opposition attack, with a wicket in the third over.
Wickets fell at a steady pace with Adam Jameson taking 4-39, D. Parker 3-31, S. Wilson 2-4 runs (from one over) and N. Jameson – one ball, one wicket.
Just to finish his day off, Liam Parker took two sharp stumpings as Nettleham failed to make three figures for a fourth successive game.
Looking for a first home win, Woodhall Spa 2nd hosted a Fulbeck side after their first away win of the season.
Runs were in abundance in this match with more than 400 scored on the day. Batting first, Fulbeck recorded their best total of the season, making 254-9. This included an excellent knock of 80 from Joe Braithwaite.
In reply, Woodhall’s Matthew Sargeant (102 off 61 balls) and Adam Barker (40) put on 110 for the third wicket, with their innings eventually closing on 185 and a 69-run defeat. Best Fulbeck bowler was Luke Pollard who had figures of 8-0-30-5.
Mid-table Sleaford Academy took on a Caythorpe side which was playing their first away game, but still after a first win of the campaign.
Batting first, Sleaford made 223-5 with Oliver Bean making 64 and Simon Bean 50.
In reply, Caythorpe failed to make three figures for the second occasion, being bowled out for 81 and a 142-run defeat.
James King top scored with 35 as victory lifted Sleaford Academy into second position in the table, 56 points behind Cherry Willingham, with a game in hand. Woodhall Spa 2nd are now third, just five points behind Sleaford , while Fulbeck are fourth.
Starting the day the fifth, North Scarle took on sixth placed Billingborough Academy.
The home side had won just one of their opening three home games while the visitors had lost their last four matches, home and away.
Batting first, Scarle made 169, their lowest home total of the campaign, with Adam Scott making 78 while Aaron Pullam had bowling figures of 6.5-1-21-5.
In reply, Billingborough reached their target with seven wickets in hand and more than seven overs to spare. Key batsmen were Chris King (56), Shaun Brown (35) and Mark Pilgrim 25 not out.