CRICKET: Boost for Town ahead of derby

Spalding 3rd are pictured before their win over Pinchbeck on Saturday: Back (from left) ' Kev Nottingham, Paul Holmes, Ashley Rex, Stuart Parker, Jim Clarke, Tom Bristow; front ' umpire Ian Radcliffe, Jim Bennet, Rick Dale, Ashley Bright, Christian Green, Ben Westlake and umpire Bob Ellwood. ''Photo (to order call 01775 765433): SG250611-159TW (TIM WILSON)
Spalding 3rd are pictured before their win over Pinchbeck on Saturday: Back (from left) ' Kev Nottingham, Paul Holmes, Ashley Rex, Stuart Parker, Jim Clarke, Tom Bristow; front ' umpire Ian Radcliffe, Jim Bennet, Rick Dale, Ashley Bright, Christian Green, Ben Westlake and umpire Bob Ellwood. ''Photo (to order call 01775 765433): SG250611-159TW (TIM WILSON)
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Spalding 1st (189-9) beat Grantham 1st (98) by 91 runs: TOWN warmed up for this weekend’s derby duel with Moulton Harrox in perfect style as they stormed to a much-needed victory in South Lincs and Border League Division One.

Mike Kearns Snr hit a crucial 62 as Spalding managed to set a target of 190, with bowlers Jamie Juckes (3-35) and Mike Kearns Jnr (3-26) doing their bit to bamboozle Grantham out for 98 in reply.

Despite the win Town stay in the bottom five, but a few more performances like this could see them challenging for a place in the top two.

After overnight rain the outfield was slightly damp, but the wicket remained very dry.

Spalding captain Simon Juckes yet again lost the toss and it was no surprise when Grantham decided to field, knowing there was a bit in it for the bowlers.

It looked a good call early on too, as Matt Hendry (1), Rob Ambrose (13), Simon Juckes (2), Ansar Hussain (3) and new man Craig Edwards (6) all fell cheaply to leave Town in a mess at 50-5.

But Kearns Snr and Kearns Jnr (34) consolidated well, taking the score past 100. They then began to play some shots, but Kearns Jnr was unlucky to be dismissed by a stunning one-handed catch on the boundary.

A score of 160 looked on the cards for Spalding, but some big hitting from Jamie Juckes (33no) in the last five overs took them to a very respectable 189-9 from their 45 overs.

With the sun now beaming down, Grantham couldn’t have asked for better batting conditions in their reply.

However, Town started superbly with leading wicket taker Jack Barratt (2-16) having opener Harry Nichols (1) caught behind and Paul Chadwick caught for a duck.

Jamie Juckes then joined the party with three quick wickets to leave Grantham on the brink of collapse at 40-5.

The big-hitting Danny Bates (35) threatened to start a revival before being bowled around his legs by Hussain as Spalding sniffed a big win.

The stage was then set for Kearns Jnr to finish off the tail – and he didn’t disappoint, clean bowling Chris Chappell (3) and Adam Shaw, (0) while also trapping Adrian Wing (1) LWB.

Next up for Town is a trip to rivals Moulton on Saturday (1.30pm), with local bragging rights up for grabs.

Moulton Harrox 1st (132) lost to Belton Park 1st (133-9) by one wicket

Moulton Harrox 1st

Jack Barnett c Pilkington b Turner 6

W Jex LBW b Ward 21

J Cusack c Turner b Sheardown 17

M Barnett c Chalk b Whales 28

K Hibbert c Law b Sheardown 4

C Beale c Brewer b Ward 37

C Morriss c Pilkington b Sheardown 5

L Price not out 6

J Broomfield c Law b Turner 1

N Eveleigh c Ward b Whales 0

M Cusack run out 0

Extras (2b, 2lb, 2w, 1nb) 7

Total (all out , 44 overs) 132

Bowling: A Ward 12-6-28-2; D Turner 10-3-28-2; A Sheardown 12-3-26-3; P Chalk 4-0-22-0; N Whales 6-2-24-2.

Belton Park 1st

D Richardson LBW b Eveleigh 1

N Whales b M Barnett 13

D Turner b Jack Barnett 18

R Brewer run out 0

N Law c Hibbert b M Cusack 9

P Abeysekera b M Cusack 0

A Ward LBW b Morriss 19

A Sheardown not out 54

P Chalk run out (J Cusack) 1

B Pilkington LBW b Jack Barnett 0

T Ward not out 4

Extras (5b, 5lb, 4w) 14

Total (for 9 wickets, 38.1 overs) 133

Bowling: N Eveleigh 7-1-24-1; M Barnett 10-3-28-1; M Cusack 6-1-16-2; Jack Barnett 9-1-36-2; C Morriss 6.1-0-19-1.

Division Three

Pinchbeck (78) lost to Spalding 3rd (81-5) by five wickets

Pinchbeck

R Riley c Rex b Green 9

J Cole c&b Bright 0

S Smith b Green 7

J Ralling c Westlake b Bright 28

G Neumann c Westlake b Dale 3

D Jackson b Clarke 0

J Tott c Bristow b Dale 0

A Beeston not out 11

J Langford c Bright b Dale 0

S Tott c Holmes b Dale 0

S Robinson c Dale b Green 6

Extras (5b, 3lb, 6w) 14

Total (all out) 78

Bowling: C Green 9.5-2-42-3; A Bright 9-6-8-2; J Clarke 9-6-8-1; R Dale 8-4-12-4.

Spalding 3rd

T Bristow b Langford 2

A Rex c Riley b S Tott 10

B Westlake not out 45

J Bennett c Langford b Robinson 4

K Nottingham c Smith b Beeston 3

P Holmes b J Tott 12

Extras (3b, 1w) 4

Total (for 5 wickets) 81

Bowling: J Langford 6-1-21-1; S Tott 4-1-14-1; Beeston 5-1-17-1; S Robinson 5-1-20-1; J Tott 2-1-5-1.

FRIENDLY FIXTURE

Leverington (223-5) beat Spalding Sunday (194-6) by 29 runs

A CRACKING century stand from Lewis Martin and Jimmy Clarke wasn’t quite enough for Town on Sunday.

The pair both passed 50 as they put on an unbeaten 101 for the seventh wicket, but Leverington’s 223-5 proved too steep a target in the end.

Leverington started slowly against opening spells from Ash Bright (2-62) and Matt Sharpe, losing two early wickets, but opener James Carter (72no) and S Clarke (41) built up the innings carefully against the spin of Sam Young and Richard Gilbert.

14-year-old seamer Sharpe returned towards the end and bowled with great discipline to finish with 2-21 from eight overs, but Leverington finished on an imposing total.

Spalding’s reply also began cautiously but unlike Leverington they leaked regular wickets. Town found themselves on 91-6 well past the halfway stage, with only number four Martin left standing from the top order.

He showed great determination and punished the bad balls well to bring up his maiden fifty, finishing with 59 not out.

Veteran Clarke (56no) did his bit too, but Town finished 29 runs shy of their target.