CRICKET: Cole enjoys fitting Pinchbeck finale

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Timberlands (118) lost to Pinchbeck (119-2) by 8 wickets: PINCHBECK completed their South Lincs and Border League Division Three season with an excellent win at Timberlands.

In his final match as skipper, James Cole won the toss – and having inserted the hosts into bat, he was rewarded with a satisfying fielding performance that saw Timberlands bowled out for 118.

The opening exchanges were eventful as the home side moved along at a very healthy rate, but Pinchbeck still picked up wickets.

Once again, Harry Waine (4-38) led the way with three early strikes, including a brilliant catch from James Langford to remove the dangerous Alex King.

Langford added a wicket of his own to reduce the score to 49-4, while Waine collected a fourth scalp in his penultimate over before his replacement.

Mike Knight then announced his arrival with two wickets in his first over to leave the hosts wobbling at 72-7.

However, an excellent partnership of 44 between Marcus Marritt (15) and Alex Moor (18) frustrated Pinchbeck and took Timberlands’ total beyond three figures. Knight broke the stand to finish with 3-16, before Langford (2-31) brought the innings to a close in the 31st over.

In reply, Dave Wallder and Danny Jackson were made to work hard at the start of Pinchbeck’s innings in the face of some excellent seam bowling.

After a steady start Wallder perished with the score on 22, but from there Jackson and Richard Riley seized the initiative. Showing some positive strokeplay, they put together a stand of 65 in 13 overs to set up a resounding victory.

Jackson racked up an excellent 40 before he was bowled, but Riley (52no) went to record a half century that included seven fours and a six. Fittingly it was Cole who partnered him to the end and secured a comfortable victory.