Mudie half century isn’t enough for the Seconds
Lincs ECB Premier
Grantham CC Firsts’ Lincs ECB Premier contest at Louth fell foul of the weather on Saturday.
The five points awarded sees Grantham currently sit fourth in the county’s top flight, 15 points behind new leaders Sleaford.
South Lincs and Border League Premier Division
Long Sutton 1sts 181, Grantham 2nds 135.
Grantham’s second team welcomed Long Sutton to a soggy Gorse lane on Saturday.
Long Sutton batted first and were soon at 8-1 when Danny Ashley removed Luke Lovegrove for zero.
A partnership followed before Dan Oldfield was caught by Rory Johnson off the bowling of Jake Unsworth.
Wickets fell at regular intervals with Phil Barnes (42) the mainstay for Long Sutton.
With the score on 102-6 Grantham hoped to wrap up the innings quickly but some lusty blows by Rob Simpson (29) and Jordan Keeble (16) took the long Sutton score to a challenging 181 all out.
Grantham’s reply with the bat stuttered throughout the innings with only Stewart Mudie (50) making a meaningful contribution.
Other batsman got starts but the accurate bowling of Barry Stanway, Jake Burton and Rob Simpson was too much for Grantham as they were bowled out for a disappointing 135.
Grantham travel to Woodhall Spa on Saturday looking for a much-improved performance.
South Lincs and Border League Division One
Grantham 3rds 160-8, Timberlands 1sts 151-10.
After losing the toss, Grantham were put into bat on a pudding of a wicket and worked hard to accumulate a score.
After losing an early wicket, Adam Shaw and Ian Robinson (29) built a partnership of 51 before losing Robinson which accessed the tail order.
Wickets fell steadily but Adam Shaw was resolute and put together a well-made 76 to help Grantham along to a competitive total of 160.
Timberland got off to a confident start which rang out the changes in the Grantham attack, with youngsters Jared Hackney (2-13) and Harry Robinson (3-19) bowling Grantham back into contention.
The game ebbed and flowed as Grantham missed a number of chances in the field and the Timberland skipper Dan Blankley took advantage and bludgeoned 41 before Ady Wing had him caught behind.
A nervy finish ensued and Grantham picked up the last wicket thanks to a Craig Corby run out to give the Thirds a great win.
South Lincs and Border League Division Two
Grantham 4ths 104, Boston 3rds 105-9.
Grantham travelled to Boston this week with 10 men and just missed out on their first win of the season under the excellent captaincy of Charlotte Cross.
After winning the toss, Grantham elected to bat.
Alex Hackney laid down a firm foundation with 39 runs but the rest of the batting struggled against Boston’s bowlers and it was left to the lower order to get a respectable total on the board.
There was some good resistance from Oliver Barry (15 no) and late stand-in Richard Starbuck (19) at the end to see Grantham to a batting point.
When Boston came to the crease they were quickly in trouble with Eathan Milne (2-9) and Oliver Barry (3-10) among the wickets.
Charlotte bowled 11 overs ending with (1-29) and was ably supported by Joe Starbuck (0-26).
Dan Fox rescued the Boston side with 31 runs before Alex Hackney removed him finishing on 2-28.
Boston then hung on to edge over the finish line with a wicket in hand.
Rutland League Division Two
Oakham Sunday 1sts 179-8, Grantham Sunday 1sts 141.
Grantham travelled to Oakham with a hope of a bounce back after the previous week’s unlucky loss.
Oakham won the toss and batted first, with Danny Ashley restricting Oakham to 179 from their 45 overs.
Oakham started off well by claiming the wicket of James Dobson (0) in the second over and Billy Holmes for single figures in the fifth.
This left captain Daniel Freeman (69) to try to salvage the game, but he was caught in the deep on the pull.
Wickets kept falling at regular intervals and a slight lower order resistance from Danny Ashley (19) and Rory Johnson, who earlier dislocated his finger, tried to restore some pride to the Grantham innings - but they fell short, being bowled out for 138.
Grantham & Melton Cricket Association Division Three
Harlaxton Sunday 1sts 87, Grantham Sunday 2nds 88-2.
Winning the toss, Ben Kennedy-Short’s Grantham put Harlaxton into bat.
With wickets falling quickly, this decision paid off with Harlaxton being bowled out for just 88 runs, with just Adam Parker (37) reaching double figures for the village side.
Bowling performances came from across the board, with three wickets from Alex Hackney, two from Neil Stevenson and one to Jemaule Gardner.
However, Grantham’s star bowling and fielding performance had to be given to Harry Robinson, who took four wickets and three catches.
Alex Hackney did most of the damage with the bat for Grantham by getting an unbeaten 56 with help from his brother Jared (13) and Craig Corby (12), giving Grantham Seconds their first win of the season.
On Sunday morning four teams converged for the first annual Ladies Cricket Festival at Gorse Lane.
In the first of what is set to become an annual event, Grantham, Hartsholme, Spalding and Market Rasen competed in a round-robin competition.
The event was organised by Grantham Cricket Club and Lincolnshire Cricket as an addition to the growing Lincolnshire Women’s Cricket League.
There was a fantastic turnout on the day and some nail-biting games.
Every team managed to record at least one win throughout the day, but the eventual champions Market Rasen posted the highest scored of the day in the final match to secure victory.