CRICKET: Henry’s six of the best lift Moulton

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Moulton Harrox 1st (61-2) beat Welby 1st (60) by 8 wickets: Teen-ace Henry Lavery grabbed his best-ever figures as Moulton picked up their first South Lincs and Border League Premier Division win of the season and 20 much-needed points.

The 15-year-old snared an impressive six wickets for just 14 runs on Saturday, while Matt Barnett chipped in with 3-24 as hosts Welby were all out for just 60 batting first.

Jack Barnett (24) and skipper Chris Beale (17no) then top scored to eased Harrox to an eight-wicket triumph – lifting themselves off the bottom of the Division One table in the process.

Delighted captain Beale hopes that the win will give his side the confidence to climb the table. He said: “It’s great for the lads to get that first win under our belts.

“It has been a tough start to the season, but now we have our strongest team back together we can put a good winning run together and climb up the league.”

After a week of torrid weather, Beale had no hesitation in putting the opposition into bat on a damp wicket at Welby’s Church Lane.

His decision was vindicated as opening bowlers Barnett and Lavery began to rip through the home batting line up.

Some superb fielding from Harrox and loose shots from Welby contributed to the hosts posting a meagre total of just 60 all out, with John bucket-hands Barnett snaffling four catches.

There was also a wicket for Carl Lamming (1-10), with Stephen Wilson (20) the only Welby player to make an kind of impact.

In reply, Moulton openers Jack Cusack (nine not out) and Jack Barnett (24) made light work of the Welby bowling attack.

They moved the score on to 43 before Barnett and Mark Woodall (0) fell to successive deliveries from Welby spinner Wilson.

That brought skipper Beale to the crease – and he strode out in a destructive mood.

A quick-fire 17 from just nine deliveries – including a six and two fours – finished the game off in the 14th over

Next up for Harrox is a home date with struggling Sleaford 2nd at Broad Lane on Saturday (1.30pm).

• Moulton Harrox 2nd suffered a narrow 11-run loss at home to Thomas Cook in South Lincs and Border League Division One on 
Sunday.

Once again, young gun Lavery shone with the ball as Harrox’s second string dismissed their visitors for 136.

Lavery (3-37) was the star turn, but Jake Morton (2-29) and J Cornwell (2-12) both chipped in well.

Morton then added a fine 51 with the bat as Moulton looked set to chase their target down. But nobody could support him and the innings was wrapped up for 125.

Next for Harrox 2nd is a derby date at Long Sutton on Sunday (1.30pm).