CRICKET: Big kick-off for South Lincs season

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THE new South Lincs and Border League cricket season gets under way this weekend – with five of our teams in action across the three divisions.

In Division One, Rob Ambrose’s new-look Spalding 1st side host Lindum Ramblers at Spalding Grammar School on Saturday (1pm), while Moulton Harrox make the trip to Woodhall Spa 2nd.

Spalding’s 2nd (v Heckington) and 3rd (v Lindum Academy) teams are both at home, while Moulton Harrox Sunday start life in Division Two against Thomas Cook.

Having had their fixture at Market Deeping 1st rained off last Saturday, Spalding 1st are chomping at the bit to get their title tilt started. And skipper Ambrose wants to see a few more local faces come down to get behind the local sides.

He said: “It’s a good start to the home season with all three of our sides playing at home on the same weekend

“It’s something that the club are really proud to be able to do. Not many cricket clubs around here have the facilities or the players. It’d be great to see more local faces coming down to the games to have a look at how we are shaping up.

“What better chance to see some cricket than having a choice of three games. We have refreshments on hand so it would be nice to see a few more down on matchdays.”

Spalding 3rd stepped up their preparations for the new season with a four-wicket loss to Oasby on Sunday.

Having won the toss, Spalding decided to bat first – but only Jimmy Clarke (46 not out) made any kind of impact on the scorers.

Tedbury (3-24) and Gaunt (2-18) did much of the damage, as Town posted just 112.

In reply, Oasby were on the verge of collapse at 90-6, but managed to reach 113-6 to seal the match. Clarke (2-27) and the economical Heath Ripley (1-5) bowled well.