CRICKET: Welby remain unbeaten

Welby CC are unbeaten in the South Lincs and Border League Division Two.
Welby CC are unbeaten in the South Lincs and Border League Division Two.
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South Lincs & Border League

Division Two

Welby 263 all out

Spalding 2nd 154 all out

WELBY recorded their 14th win from 14 games with a 109-run demolition of Spalding 2nd.

Winning the toss skipper Whatton had no doubts about batting first on another excellent Church Lane track. Despite the early loss of openers Youles (9) and Tickler (22), last week’s centurion Bradbury and Whatton himself began to put a useful Spalding bowling attack to the sword.

Bradbury eventually went for a classy 56 at which point Meadows (14) and Gilbert (30) helped forge further good partnerships with skipper Whatton, who by this time was beginning to clear boundaries at will.

A total around the 300-mark looked likely until Whatton first ran vice-captain Spence out and then inexplicably ran himself out on 99, triggering a late order collapse.

The Welby strike attack set about the Spalding batting line-up with gusto. Matt Orrey struck first, and Whatton followed up with three wickets of his own including the dangerous Edgeller, caught at slip by Wilson.

Off-spinner Dave Curran then continued his good form, taking 3-36 to remove the middle order. Stubborn late-order resistance was halted when Whatton brought himself back on to take the final wicket and finish with figures of 4-28.

Grantham & Melton Association

Whissendine 234-5

Buckminster 237-6

EMPINGHAM won the toss and elected to bat. Garrett (2-31) and Berry started well for the visitors in windy conditions, Garrett removing the dangerous Winn for five. Berry had Spawton (5) caught and Garrett bowled Christie for 22.

Lloyd (52no) and Mackie then produced a good partnership in the middle overs, Mackie being the aggressor. Part-timer Gott removed Mackie for a fine 96. Bingham hit a quick-fire 13.

With just eight batsman a good start was needed by Buckminster, but Berry and Roberts

were both out first ball to the tidy bowling of Spawton (3-61).

The innings changed with Morgan hitting 51 inside eight overs before he was bowled by Mackie. Allen came to the wicket to join Gott, the pair putting on a century stand.

The visitors looked like cruising to victory when Gott was bowled by Lloyd for 43. Forbes quickly followed, and Allen (98) chipped one back to bowler Lloyd.

With just 10 required, the pressure was on the last pair. Garrett (7no) was dropped at mid-wicket with four needed. Paired with O’Brien (4no), they saw their side home.

Division Two

Harlaxton 186-3

Grantham 183-4

A STAND of 112 between Chris Davidson (55) and Steve Averill (67no) saw Harlaxton to an impressive seven-wicket win over nine-man Grantham at Harlaxton on Sunday.

Earlier Davidson and Sam Grey (26) had seen the home side to 64 after the early loss of skipper Mark Sharp.

It was a day for batsmen with Matt Wing (68) and skipper D. Ashley (77) putting on 105 for Grantham’s second wicket.

Division Three

Syston Town 251-5

Foston 215-5

SYSTON’S total was built around a hard-hitting 141no by S. Cooper in an innings that included 19 fours and seven sixes.

Foston’s reply started brightly with Swatton and Carpenter putting on 35 before Swatton was bowled for six. 0ne run later Carpenter followed for 25. A quick-fire 19 from Gash in a partnership of 55 with Adcock saw Foston stand at 125-4 with 13 overs remaning.

At this point, Nicholson joined Adcock who passed his 50 with a six straight down the ground. Adcock began to crack an array of shots around the ground to keep Foston in the hunt but with his score on 94 and the total on 202, his innings that included 12 fours and two sixes, came to an end along with any hope of a Foston victory.