CRICKET: Sharp 100 is backbone to Belton Park victory

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Grantham & Melton Association

Division Two

Rothley Park 173-4

Belton Park 174-5

BELTON won the toss and elected to bowl first and soon had chances at the openers but Mear was dropped by keeper Law (keeper), Whales and Cocks before the end of the sixth over.

Turner’s persistence paid off in the seventh over when Simon was caught behind for two.

The Belton bowlers persevered on an unresponsive track and kept the run rate low, with only R. Mear making any inroads against the Belton attack. Mear ended up on an impressive 113no with extras being the next highest contributor to the Rothley total with 31.

The Belton openers made differing starts, Cocks content to use the pace of the ball to keep the score board ticking over and Sharp striking cleanly at every opportunity.

The opening partnership was broken in the 20th over with the score on 82 when Cocks was stumped by Williams off the bowling of Karia for 19.

Abeysekera came to the wicket and made an able partner to Sharp who continued with his clean striking to reach his maiden senior 100 with the Belton score on 144. The very next ball he was well caught at long-on by the Rothley strike bowler Matthews.

This left the game very much in Belton’s favour with 30 required from just over 10 overs. Belton made hard work of this with Cocks and Abeysekera falling to the bowling of Barr and the score only 166. Matt Law and Harry Brewin (both 13) put on a vital stand to bring the scores level going into the last over.

Second ball in and Law was caught and bowled by Simpson. The batsmen crossed putting young Brewin on strike and the onus on him to score the winning runs.

The third ball bowled was a borderline wide, the umpire giving the Rothley bowler the benefit of the doubt.

The fourth was to Brewin’s liking as he struck the ball cleanly and got the winning runs on his senior debut.

Grantham 189-8

Harlaxton 164-8

GRANTHAM made a solid start after being inserted by the opposition, Stewart Mudie scoring a brisk 44 before falling to a sharp caught and bowled.

Assisted by Nichols (32) and Imber (23) they laid the platform for Bennett (24) and Ashley (32) to attack the bowlers. Parker (2-44) and Davidson (2-37) bowled particularly well.

In reply, Harlaxton lost an early wicket but looked set to win the game at 80-1. Contributions came from Chalk (18) and Gray (32).

However, wickets began to fall at regular intervals through Wing (2-38), Bennett (2-26) and Imber (2-18), resulting in a 25-run Grantham win.

Division One

Woolsthorpe 214-7

Barrowby 46 all out

WOOLSTHORPE outclassed their counterparts on a slow deck in Barrowby.

Batting first, the visitors scored quickly with S. Claricoats (26) and B. Dobson (41) taking advantage of any bad balls that came their way. J. Ward (52no) and J. Whatton (46) continued the heavy scoring through the middle overs, with the latter in particularly aggressive mood.

A. Barnes (4-58) and S. Jepson (1-30) produced respectable figures but could not stop the onslaught as Woolsthorpe amassed a daunting total.

Barrowby’s innings never left second gear as Woolsthorpe bowled with much consistency. A. Culpin (4-21) and D. Hughes (4-10) pushed the visitors to a crushing victory.

Division Three

Queniborough 163-7

Barkston 138 all out

QUENIBOROUGH’S innings started poorly before Lowe (30) and Rushby (13) steadied the ship.

Kruz (32) and Combellack (40) boosted them to 100-5 until Kruz was caught on the boundary.

In reply, Barkston easily kept up with the required rate, largely thanks to Dewey, who hit a superb 64. Barkston were helped by Modd (12), Ingram (14) and Copley (13).

With 10 overs remaining Barkston were 122-5, but after the wicket of Dewey, Queniborough managed to take constant wickets and ripped through Barkston’s tail.

South Lincs & Border League

Division Three

Grantham 2nd 87 all out

Burgh le Marsh 88-0

AFTER being put into bat on a lively wet wicket, a young Grantham side battled to 87 all out. Austen Imber reached 35 before being run out, and Joe McCarthy batted well for 28, with Will Leadenham showing further promise with 11.

In parts of Burgh le Marsh’s innings, Grantham’s bowlers contained the scoring to one per over, with particular accuracy from Harvey Stevens and Ryan Wilson-Law.

Charles Standen and Tom McCartan also beat the bat several times without success, as Burgh le Marsh reached their target without loss.