Lincs Women’s Cricket League
Grantham Ladies XI 40-5
Long Sutton Ladies XI 39-4
After 18 months of training, Grantham Ladies played their first ever league game on Friday night against Long Sutton in the Lincolnshire Women’s’ Cricket League.
On winning the toss, Grantham captain Charlotte Cross chose to field.
Opening the bowling with young Melissa Hartley, Long Sutton soon lost their opening batters, but with the arrival of Ellie Burton saw the runs starting to flow.
A Brilliant knock from Burton saw her score 21 with supporting batting from C. Gittens meaning that Long Sutton finished up with 39 runs for 4 wickets off of a reduced 14 overs.
A brilliant bowling performance from Melissa Hartley saw her with figures of 3 overs 3-5 and a cracking run out by Grace Kendall for the fourth Wicket.
As Grantham went in to bat a couple of early wickets fell.
Emily Lambe stabilised the innings and, with support from Grace Kendall (5) and Lily Fitch (5), Grantham reached the target with 10 balls to spare.
Lambe scored 22 runs and Grantham celebrated their first a home win.
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Lincs ECB Premier
Grantham 1st XI 257-9
Sleaford 1st XI 122-10
Grantham Firsts marked their opening home match of the Lincs ECB Premier campaign with victory over last year’s runners-up Sleaford.
On winning the toss, Dan Freeman chose to bat.
Ross Carnelley and James Dobson opened the batting but it wasn’t long until the former was sent back to the pavilion after being caught down leg side.
Captain Dan Freeman (59) carried on his good form alongside Ben Powell (38), and Dan Webb (59) combined with Jamie Brumby (44) to amass 257 runs in the 50 overs.
Joe Peck (3-45) Neil Stevenson (2-33) opened bowled with patience and made early breakthroughs, dismissing Matthew Mountain for just 6 runs.
Tom Shorthouse (21) combined with Sleaford’s overseas player Obus Pienaar (31) for a stand of 45 before the former was dismissed by Stevenson.
From that point the Sleaford batters struggled to gain any momentum with wickets falling at regular intervals until Sleaford finally succumbed to a superb run out by Ben Powell.
Captain Dan Freeman finished with figures of 4-37 from his 12 overs.
Finishing with just 122 runs, Sleaford took 4 points away from the game compared to Grantham’s 20.
Sleaford 2nd XI 241-7
Grantham 2nd XI 135-9
Grantham Seconds made the short journey to play Sleaford Seconds for their first game of the season, after having their previous contest rained off.
Having won the toss, Sleaford had no hesitation in batting first.
With four overs gone with the score on 15-1 the rain came and this hampered Grantham’s bowling attack as the wet ball allowed the Sleaford batsman to capitalise.
Oliver Bean top scored with an unbeaten 76 and the score posted was 241-7, with two wickets for Adam Parker and Rahul Kumar, and a wicket apiece for Danny Ashley and Dan Gascoyne, plus and a run out.
In reply, Grantham’s start could have been much worse as they lost two wickets in the first over.
The innings then showed signs of rebuilding thanks to James Cameron-Clarke (24) and Sheriyal Basmi (24), but then wickets fell in clusters.
Danny Ashley batted well for his 29 and was well supported by the lower order, but the chase never really started and Grantham finished on 135-9.
Grantham play Bourne next week at Gorse Lane, hoping to improve on this performance.
SLBL Division One
Grantham 3rd XI 161-5
Spalding 2nd XI 162-6
Grantham lost the toss on a damp track and were put into bat.
After losing Max Everett early, Paul Johnson and Ian Robinson set about building a platform.
Johnson fell for a dogged 20 but Robinson went on to craft an excellent 75.
Contributions from Adrian Wing (20) and Phil Abbott (13) eased the score along to 162.
Grantham’s bowlers made early in-roads into Spalding’s batting with Will Abbott (3-34) leading the attack.
As Gorse Lane started to enjoy the sunshine the wicket and outfield dried and batting became easier, but still the Grantham bowlers kept Spalding under pressure with Phil Abbott (0-16 from 8 overs) being a constant thorn in Spalding’s side.
Spalding crept over the line in the 42nd over with the experienced Simon Jukes and Mike Kearns seeing them home.
Long Sutton 2nd XI 170-9
Grantham 4th XI 91-10
Grantham won the toss and put Long Sutton into bat.
Grantham’s bowlers in the first 20 overs had the opposition in all sorts of trouble with spin from Mason Hildrith (1-47) and Lewis Bromfield (3-34).
The introduction of more spin from Johnny Kennedy-Short proved devastating (3-14).
In the second half of their innings Long Sutton fought back with a strong 50 from Dan Oldfield who was eventually caught on the boundary with an excellent take from Ethan Milne.
At the close they had reached 170-9.
In reply Grantham struggled to get going and lost early wickets.
Only Mark Donnellan (25), Lewis Bromfield (22) and Nick Hildrith (10) made any impression.
The rain affected innings drew to a damp close as Grantham slumped to 91 all out.
Grantham Sunday 1st 120-10
Ketton 1st XI 121-2
Grantham’s Sunday Firsts played their first home game against Ketton.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Grantham’s fortunes changed dramatically.
The innings never really got started and Grantham struggled to trouble the scorers as they limped to 120 all out.
Jamie Brumby ended top scorer with 34 but fell to the bowling of Will Compton who ended with 6-31.
A seemingly impossible task was made even harder when it took 79 runs for the first wicket to fall.
Grantham worked hard and bowled with patience but defending a total of just 120 proved beyond the Sunday side.
Peter Rowe (60*) guided Ketton to a simple victory over Grantham.
Golding Shield Plate
Grantham Sunday 2nd XI 121-5
Croxton Kerrial 1st XI – 108-10
Grantham’s Sunday Seconds hosted Croxton in the Grantham & Melton Cricket Association Plate.
After Croxton won the toss, Grantham were put into bat and reached a score of 121 for 5, with batting performances from Max Everett scoring 40 not out, Craig Corby 24, Daniel Gascoyne 19 and Ben Kennedy-Short 15.
After tea Croxton got off to a good start with 85 runs on the board to no loss, and looking good for the win, when the Grantham bowling attack came to life with 14-year-old Jaden Fell taking 5 wickets for just 27 runs.
He was also joined by Dan Gascoyne, who took 4 wickets for 10 runs ,and 14-year-old Eathan Milne.
He chipped in with a final wicket at 108, to give Grantham a fantastic win.