Grantham continue revival with victory over high flyers

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Grantham & Melton Association

Division One

Pickwell 147 all out

Grantham 148-7

GRANTHAM continued their recent revival with a hard fought victory over high flying Pickwell.

Having won the toss, Grantham skipper Adam Shaw elected to field with the hope of taking early wickets. A fine opening spell of bowling was produced by Dan Gascoyne (4-43) and Danny Ashley (2-33), leaving Pickwell at 32-6 after only 11 overs.

At this point C. Fetzko (32) and A. Burton (22) combined to frustrate the Grantham bowlers, pushing the scoreboard along well. The final four wickets came for Andy Mudie and Lewis Kettle, each taking two apiece. The Grantham youth again impressed in the field, taking eight out of 10 catches.

In reply, Grantham openers Andy Mudie and Dominic Priestly got off to a flyer, with Mudie hitting 16 in the first over. After 10 overs the score was on 54-0, but it was at this point where the Pickwell bowlers had some success.

The opening partnership was broken by a fine piece of individual fielding, when Mudie was caught at point for 23, and this led to a collapse of six wickets in the next 12 overs with the score only reaching 89.

Nevertheless, the hard-hitting Priestly was in fine form, being ably supported by the old head in the Grantham team, Mark Donnellan (9no). It was fitting that Priestly hit the winning runs with a well-timed glance through mid-wicket for four, leaving himself on 94 not out as Grantham reached the Pickwell target with four overs to spare.

Division Two

Colsterworth 80 all out

Barrowby 82-1

BARROWBYreturned to winning ways with a comfortable victory over an under-strength Colsterworth.

Bowling first, Barrowby made numerous early breakthroughs. A. Green (4-24) and S. Jepson (2-25) made sure that Colsterworth’s innings never left second gear. R. McBain (2-28) continued the good work of the strike men as Barrowby were left with a paltry 80 to chase.

The home side made light work of the chase as A. Barnes (45no) and C. Turner (23) continued their good form to see Barrowby home.

Division Three

Foston 142-4

Queniboroough 140 all out

A FINE all round performance from Foston led to a comfortable victory for the hosts over the side that had previously dumped them out of the Shield.

Having lost the toss, Foston were asked to field first, a decision regretted by Queniborough as early as the first over as Cockerton clean bowled opener O’Grady for a duck.

L. Hills put up a quality resistance before being trapped LBW by Nicholson for 60. Support for Hills was sparse however and Patel (36) was the only other batsman to score more than four runs as all four Foston bowlers shared the wickets, including a stunning catch from T. Marris and a quick-thinking run out by Warren.

Foston opener Swatton led the charge to victory with a richly deserved 76 before being bowled off his pads, and captain for the day R. Marris sealed the win in emphatic style with a six over ‘cow corner’.

Division Four

Syston Town 168-9

Croxton Kerrial 170-7

HOME side Syston began brightly but just as both openers started to settle, strike bowler Tom Davey struck the first blow. That then set the tone for the match as each time the batsmen got set and a huge total was in the offing, Croxton struck with a vital wicket.

The visitors fielded well, took all their catches and began to look like they could restrict the home side to a below par score. This was the case with all bowlers chipping in. The highlight though was the imperious run out when Matt Davey threw down the stumps from cover point with the batsman stranded.

In reply, Croxton got off to a shaky start with the unpredictability of the pitch not helping. At 53-5 Chris Jeary was joined by Josh Clement-Sutcliffe and the pair set about the chasing down the total.

Fifteen overs later, and with a 100 partnership, the visitors were well in the hunt. After a minor wobble when two wickets fell in two balls, Jeary (81) and Clement-Sutcliffe (28), it was left to John Hands to smash the winning runs with the total reached in 34 overs.

Salaman Cup Final

Tilton & Lowesby 177-2

Buckminster 163-4

TILTON retained the Salaman Cup after an excellent, hard-fought final against Buckminster on Friday.

Buckminster won the toss and elected to field on a good Egerton Park CC track. Strike bowlers Whaton and Keywood started with good lines and length against which Tilton found early runs hard to come by.

Buckminster’s reply got off to a solid start with Murdoch (21) and Jamie Morgan putting on 40 for the first wicket.

Young Harry Webster joined Morgan in the middle and started to strike the ball well from the off. Buckminster were well up with the rate and looking good until Webster went for a very well-made 49.

Senescall was out first ball and Morgan soon followed for 75. By this time, Buckminster needed 22 from the final over and Gale made sure they fell 14 short of Tilton’s score.

Notts Premier League

Clifton 199-9

Belvoir 144 all out

LEAGUE leaders Clifton continued their charge to a hat trick of titles by securing a 55 run victory over Belvoir at the Clifton Oval.

On a day when high scores were at a premium, Belvoir did well to limit the home club to 199 for 9 in 50 overs. Clifton were staring down the barrel at 58-5 but Tom Lungley (57no) and Martin Weightman (37) staged a solid recovery ,with support from Dominic Harvey (31). Sam Cliff and Lee Fazackerley enhanced their growing reputations with 4-22 and 3-65 respectively.

The target looked even more daunting when Belvoir were dismissed for 144 inside 42 overs, with only veteran Darren Bicknell showing any form, carrying his bat for 64. Clifton’s Adam Shepherd bowled at an express pace, taking 4-30, and his side are 29 points clear at the top. Belvoir remain second from bottom.

South Notts League

Division G

Burton Joyce 209-6

Belvoir 2nd 209 all out

BURTON Joyce captain Kris Seymour (91) and Dean Cowdell (71) put on 153 for the first wicket at just under five runs an over.

Cowdell slipped trying for a third and was unluckily run out. Seymour went to a spectacular catch at cover by Belvoir’s captain John Copley.

Burton Joyce’s flurry at the close of the innings was abated by good accurate bowling from Phil Irvine and Dan Gibson’s two wickets in three balls.

Despite cavalier 20s from Tony Wade and John Copley, Belvoir were behind the asking rate and down to 82-5 thanks to Cowdell’s bowling (4 for 46) and good fielding.

Aggressive late middle-order 30s from Will Bradley, James Keywood and Phil Irvine turned the game and took Belvoir to 200-7. However an unfortunate run out, Seymour’s nagging bowling and a final tumble of the timbers to Cowdell, saw the game tied in the last over.