CRICKET: ‘Eight wickets including a hat-trick was a good day’

In full flow: Stanway for Long Sutton
In full flow: Stanway for Long Sutton
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MODEST Barry Stanway conceded that he’d had a “good day” after taking a hat-trick among a brilliant eight wickets.

MODEST Barry Stanway conceded that he’d had a “good day” after taking a hat-trick among a brilliant eight wickets.

The 22-year-old ripped through Sleaford Sunday 2nd on his debut for Spalding 2nd in South Lincs and Border League Division Two.

And every one of his eight victims on Sunday was clean bowled – Vincent Markham (39) the only batsmen to have any answer to the right-armer’s pace and stunning accuracy.

The hat-trick took out the middle order, and Jack Barratt and Jimmy Clarke picked up the other two wickets.

Stanway, who plays for Long Sutton in the Norfolk League and used to turn out for Market Deeping in the Premier League, said: “I felt good on the day.

“It was my first hat-trick in that league.

“My only thought as I was coming in for the third time was to just get it on the stumps.”

Stanway’s haul came in just nine overs, including three maidens. He conceded only 29 runs.

Spalding 2nd captain Tom Dale reckoned it was spellbinding.

“He was just too quick for them,” he said. “Sleaford had a fairly strong side with a Premier League player and one or two First Division guys in there but Barry just had the batsmen jumping all over the place.

“All three in the hat-trick he just took out the off stump.

“I knew what he was capable of because we used to open the bowling for Long Sutton.

“It was quite a good debut for us!”

With Sleaford all out for 54, Spalding were a little disappointed to have lost five wickets in getting to the target.

But it was a good recovery after losing at home to Cavaliers 1st on Saturday.

• Pinchbeck 1st (89-7) lost to North Luffenham 1st (161-6) by 72 runs

Pinchbeck started brightly in the field, in the reduced 30 over rain affected match.

Beeston and Robinson bowled exceptionally well, with Robinson dismissing three batsmen thanks to good catching in the field from Parrish.

Beeston’s fine effort returned figures of 1-14 off eight overs which included four maidens.

Wicketkeeper Smith ran out Hodsen with a great piece of individual skill after collecting the ball from square of the wicket.

North Luffenham kicked on after the early pressure with wickets in hand. Wills came to crease and hit a fine 75 not out with some exceptional strokeplay and pushed the total to 161-6.

North Luffenham bowled very tightly to restrict Pinchbeck batsman in the run chase.

The pressure soon told as Pinchbeck searched in vain for quick runs, with the wickets of Parrish, Neuman, Beeston and Knight tumbling in quick succession.

Smith dug in for a good innings of 29 but was caught at backward point by a fine catch by skipper Brew, which left the Pinchbeck innings floundering.

Pinchbeck salvaged some dignity with retaining wickets to deny the opposition maximum points, Cole and Scupham not out at close of play.

Brew, Hodsen, Staniland and Warton all bowled very well to restrict Pinchbeck to 89-7.

Pinchbeck hope for better form in their clash with Spalding on Saturday, while North Luffenham progress to second in the league.