CRICKET: Charlie’s six wickets in 12 balls for tip-top Town

Spalding Town 1st before the big win over Bourne 2nd last weekend: Back (from left) ' Jim Clarke, Simon Juckes, Mike Kearns, Charlie Kearns, Jamie Juckes, Luke Whitworth; front ' Jack Barratt, Josh Newton, Rob Ambrose (captain), Tim Norris and Ansar Hussain.
Spalding Town 1st before the big win over Bourne 2nd last weekend: Back (from left) ' Jim Clarke, Simon Juckes, Mike Kearns, Charlie Kearns, Jamie Juckes, Luke Whitworth; front ' Jack Barratt, Josh Newton, Rob Ambrose (captain), Tim Norris and Ansar Hussain.
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Spalding 1st (286-6) beat Bourne 2nd (38) by 248 runs: Town made it four wins on the bounce on Saturday with a convincing 248-run win in South Lincs and Border League Division One.

It was very much a family affair for Spalding with the two Kearns stealing the show.

Mike scored a very fluent 96 and son Charlie took 6-18.

It moves Town into a 16-point lead at the top of the South Lincs Border Division One – a cushion which will help with some big games coming up.

Skipper Rob Ambrose said: “We have got a very important few weeks coming up.

“We are away at Lincoln this weekend followed by a very big game against promotion favourites Billingborough so it’s good that we are going into these games full of confidence.”

Kearns Snr (96) and Josh Newton (22) got Town off to a flying start. Playing very confidently they took the score onto 59 before the former was snapped up by Chris Binns.

That brought young Luke Whitworth to the crease. He has had to play a back seat role so far this season but he grabbed his chance with both hands and helped himself to a very mature 62 runs.

With Kearns also going very well, the pair put on 137 for the second wicket to move Town just short of 200 before Whitworth fell to J Bentley.

Kearns fell just short of a brilliant 100 top edging a pull shot off Richardson.

With such a good platform Town were able to really attack the last Bourne overs, especially Tim Norris (42) who dispatched the ball to all parts to make it 286-6 at tea.

Bourne knew they needed a miracle to get anything from the game and things got a lot worse for them from early on.

Town opening pair Charlie Kearns (6-18) and Jack Barratt (4-16) blew the Bourne batting line-up away in 11 overs.

Kearns bowled with real pace and took his six wickets in 12 balls in an astonishing display.

DIVISION TWO

Spalding 2nd (128) lost to Boston 2nd (129) by 8 wickets

Spalding 2nd’s poor string of results continued with a heavy defeat.

Spalding chose to bat first. Lee Eyett made batting look easy with a classy 42 in partnership with Mick East (10).

When Eyett’s wicket fell with the score on 60 a big score was still on the cards. But the runs quickly dried up with the loss of four wickets in two overs as the Boston spinners started to dominate the game.

The tail end tried to recover the innings but with the middle order not performing, Spalding struggled to 128 all out.

With 52 overs to chase down the Spalding score, patience was the key for Boston.

Spalding’s bowlers all performed well but Richard Tomlin – dropping down from the Premier League – showed his class with a knock of 53 not out.

The other Boston batsmen worked around Tomlin as they knocked off the total in 27.4 overs.

Spalding captain Tom Dale said: “This was always going to be a tough game.

“It is never easy to go to Boston at the best of times and I think had we gone into that game with a few wins under our belts we could have competed a bit more.

“There are always positives to take out of the game and we have to look at what we need to do to get back to our form of last year.”

Division Three

Spalding 3rd (177-9) lost to Friskney (179-5) by 5 wickets

SPALDING were beaten despite getting off to a solid start after being put into bat.

Opener Huw Sharman scored 33 (including eight fours) before being out LBW to Lawson (1- 21).

Then Jake Morton carried on the good work from the previous week to notch another half century. His fine knock of 54, supported by Keith De Keyzer (34), took the score on to 127 before De Keyzer was bowled by M Troops.

A middle order collapse – during which five wickets fell for 50 runs – meant Spalding managed to reach 177-9 in 45 overs.

Friskney’s openers came out and attacked Spalding’s bowlers, the score going to 68 before the fall of the first wicket – Griffiths for 39 bowled by Lewis Martin.

The next wicket fell at 104, T Baxter 37 caught off the bowling of Ian Norris (2-13).

Spalding thought they were back in the game when the next three wickets fell for 21 runs, but an unbeaten 49 by M Troops got the visitors home in the 36th over.

Spalding MOM: Morton

WEST NORFOLK LEAGUE

Long Sutton 1st (196-8) beat Hayley East Anglia (191-9) by 5 runs

Sutton got their first away win since joining the West Norfolk League.

Sutton were put into bat at Castle Rising and made a reassuring start with an opening partnership of 82 from Chris Booth (52) and Phil Coote (35).

With the score kept ticking over and an important knock from vice-captain Jimmy Wright (49) Sutton made their way to a respectable 195-8.

In reply, Hayley made a tricky start with Paul Edgeller removing both opening batsmen in his first spell.

Roy Rogers gave the hosts hope with a quickfire 63 but with his wicket falling in the 30th over Hayley’s backs were against the wall.

Batsmen were forced to sacrifice their wickets in hope to find the much needed boundaries.

With six runs required from the last ball it was curtains for the home side when Adam Wright took the catch on the boundary.

Sutton captain Matt Bull said: “The team spirit we have shown in the last couple of games is a real sign of the closeness and unity in this squad and we should be able to build on the good start we have made to the season”.

Long Sutton 2nd (162-9) lost to Beetley 1st (163-9) by one wicket

AN AGONISING last-ball defeat for Sutton.

Sutton won the toss and batted. Wright scored 26, but while Phil Oldfield went like a rocket, man after man – other than Hallam with 34 not out – were passengers. Sutton ended on 162-9, with Oldfield scoring 41.

Beetley started well but with four wickets and a run out, the way Hallam was bowling made an away win look a step too far.

Baker chipped in with four wickets too as Sutton started to believe that victory was written in the stars.

Then Beetley’s tenth man came to the wicket and went like a runaway train.

Eventually it was down to the last ball and the winning single was struck.

RUTLAND LEAGUE

Long Sutton Sunday 1st (95) beat Werrington Sunday 1st (62) by 33 runs

Sutton’S third consecutive win continued their unbeaten start.

They started poorly, losing the wicket of Jamie Taylor (2), but reliable partnership Adam Wright (29) and Paul Edgeller (34) steadied the ship.

Once Wright fell, Sutton collapsed to a meagre 95, with only Matthew Bull (14) making double figures.

Sutton needed early wickets and Edgeller (2-18) and Morris (2-22) obliged.

Gary Burton introduced himself alongside Tim Norris. Burton (1-19) was overshadowed by Norris whose remarkable figures of 2.3 overs, 2 maidens, 5 wickets for 0 runs were clearly the highlights of the day.

This gave Sutton their third consecutive Rutland League victory and continued their unbeaten start to the season.

Long Sutton Sunday 2nd (176-9) won by 1 wicket

Sutton got their first Division 7 win of the season.

They were made to field first and grabbed the first wicket with only the second ball. Only a few balls remained in the final over, a score of 174 was set.

Given such a young side – some just 13 – a balance was found in the batting order.

With a host of boundaries from Phil Barnes and son Luke still standing at the other end, a good partnership was formed.

Confident from his bowling display Daniel Sisson continued his good form swiftly moving to 50.

Twenty runs were needed with just one wicket remaining.

In true style Jayme Hunt and father Frank kept the score ticking over.

Then with five runs required, Frank launched the ball for six.