CRICKET: Weather wipes out most matches in two Lincs leagues
Only two games were completed in the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League, with three abandoned and one rained off early in the day.
Grantham suffered a large number of rain interruptions as they hosted Grimsby Town but managed to reach maximum batting points before declaring after 45 overs with five wickets down, Ross Carnelley making 88 and Dan Webb an unbeaten 60.
Grimsby struggled to contain the bowling of Mat Dowman and newly arrived Antiguan Sammy Peters but dogged batting from Neal Snell and Harrison Tice took the score to 110 for six before the weather intervened for the final time.
Results: Market Deeping 153 (Sargeant 64, Bell 7-28), Boston 156-4 (Haffejee 58); Alford 93 (Lindsay 6-23), Lindum 94-9; Grantham 225-5 dec (Carnelley 88, Webb 60no), Grimsby Town 110-6 – abandoned; Bracebridge Heath 225-6 dec (Lineker 76) v Spalding – abandoned; Woodhall Spa 217-9 (Anderson 58, Wilson 61), Bourne 4-0 – abandoned; Louth v Sleaford – cancelled, wet pitch.
The weather was the winner as only one league and one cup game were completed in the South Lincolnshire and Border League.
In the League Cup, a tight game saw Grantham 4th win their cup game against Baston by just 10 runs.
Jaden Fell anchored the Grantham innings with an unbeaten 68 and Will Abbott was 39 not out at the close as the total reached 167 for six.
In reply, Baston’s top order batted steadily, James Tickler making 40 and Liam Davies 37. Both fell to Phil Abbott but Mark Richardson kept the scoreboard moving and was unbeaten on 43 when the overs ran out with Baston on 157 for seven.
Rain intervened in the fixture at Skegness with Billingborough making 167 for six.
In reply, Skegness were 58 for one when the match was called off.
Results: Premier Division – Boston 2nd 122, Freiston 48-2 – abandoned; Spalding 2nd 98, Market Deeping 2nd 14-0 – abandoned; Bourne 2nd 111, Woodhall Spa 2nd 3-0 – abandoned; Billingborough 167-6, Skegness 58-1 – abandoned. Division One – Boston 3rd v Skegness 2nd – cancelled; Claypole v Timberland – cancelled. Division Two – Graves Park 204-8 (Griffiths 76), Freiston 2nd 51; Belton Park 2nd v Spalding 3rd – cancelled. SLBL Cup – Grantham 4th 167-6 (J Fell 68no), Baston 157-7; Billingborough v Long Sutton 2nd – cancelled; Long Sutton 1st v Moulton Harrox – cancelled.