CRICKET: Gilbert is Spalding Thirds’ ‘Hat-Rich’ hero!

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Richard Gilbert grabbed a hat-trick among his six-wicket haul as the thirds got back to winning ways on Saturday.

Put into bat, Town started well with young openers Plant and Young batting steadily against some fine bowling from Appleyard and Kippy.

They took the score on to 41 before Plant was dismissed by the latter for 15 in the 16th over. Valuable contributions by Stuart (9) De Keyser (15)and Tott (27) all helped to set a challenging score.

But the pick of the batsman with his second consecutive half-century was Sam Young with a magnificent 70 in which he showed great application and patience, finally falling in the 38th over.

This ensured that Town set 185 for victory .

In reply, Spalding bowled very well without success, with Tott and Lyon unable to break through despite posing questions.

Experienced skipper Steve Ellery (35) and Porter (22) saw 65 on the board before Klompas in his first game for three years achieved a fine caught and bowled.

Fine bowling then saw a rapid collapse with only Kippy reaching double figures with 15.

Heath Ripley, in his first game of the season, picked up two wickets, Klompas two more, but the star of the show was Gilbert, whose wickets saw Town put their promotion bid back on track .

Acting captain Keith De Keyser said: “A great performance where everyone contributed.

“Sam’s inning set a very good platform and great hat-trick from Richard ensured that we got the victory.”

nTown 3rd travel to Welby 2nd this week.