Rick Dale took the plaudits as his sensational six-wicket haul helped Town’s youthful third-string emphatically obliterate Grantham.
An ubeaten 53 from influential skipper Jimmy Clarke helped Town post a very competitive 156-8 at the Memorial Field on Saturday – and it proved to be more than enough.
That’s because the visitors were blown away for just 27 in the South Lincs and Border League Division Two clash, with Dale (6-15), Joe Lyon (2-3) and Kev Nottingham (2-7) doing the damage.
Delighted captain Clarke said: “It was a fantastic effort from Rick to take six wickets – he was on the money all spell and troubled all of the batsmen.
“It was a great effort from the youngsters at the top as well. To contribute 82 runs in difficult conditions shows how much they have developed over the course of the season.
“Jimmy Hook batted so well and once again it was good to see us come out on top in a great team performance.”
Having lost the toss, Spalding were surprised to be inserted into bat on a decent-looking batting track.
An early wobble saw the hosts reduced to 17-3 with Ryan Plant (0), Keith de Keyser (2) and Jimmy Stuart (2) all falling cheaply. Under-15s Sam Young (24) and Tyler Wright (38) then batted superbly to put on 50 in 12 overs before both fell in consecutive deliveries.
That brough young talent Hook (21) and Clarke to the wicket – and the pair put on 65 in 19 overs to ensure a solid score. Alex Hackney (6-34) was the top Grantham bowler.
A sensational swinging delivery from Lyon removed Mark Donnellan (2) early on, as Spalding set about destroying the Grantham order.
Dale bowled a very tight line, forcing the batsmen to get frustrated very quickly – and he was rewarded with six wickets.
The innings quickly collapsed, with a fine spell of swing bowling from Nottingham also yielding a brace.
Next up for Town is Burgh and District at home on Saturday (1.30pm).
• An unbeaten 95 from Richard Morris proved the difference as Spalding Sunday 2nd suffered a third successive loss in Rutland League Division Seven.
Despite the best efforts of spin wizard Richard Gilbert (3-11), visitors Nassington 2nd racked up 154-7 at the Memorial Field on Sunday – despite only seeing two players reach double figures.
Teen ace Josh Lawrence (2-35), Ben Marsters (1-37) and Jake Scampion (1-24) also took wickets, but nobody could remove the assured Morris, who slapped 11 fours in his 95.
Nassington’s opening bowlers then made a stunning start and reduced Spalding to 14-5 in the seventh over.
Clarke (55) and Tyler Wright (24) shared a steady 53-run stand to get Town back in contention.
However, despite Adam Lyon adding 25 down the order, the hosts closed on 129-9 after 45 overs – some 25 runs shy of Nassington’s target.
Town captain Clarke said: “I cant be too disappointed by the result as the youngsters once again did well and all continue to improve.”