CRICKET: Mature Spalding seal narrow win

Timberland (110) lost to Spalding 3rd (111-9) by 1 wicket: Youthful Town showed great maturity as they edged to a dramatic win over Timberland in South Lincs and Border League Division Two on Saturday.

Skipper Jimmy Clarke took 4-20 to help dismiss the visitors for just 110 at the Memorial Field, putting Town bang in the driving seat.

A nervy reply saw Spalding reduced to 76-8, but Sean Hook (12no) and Jake Scampion (2no) stood firm to guide the hosts past their target in the 29th over.

Relieved captain Clarke said: “Well what a game! I’m proud of all the lads once again.

“Our fielding was superb and the youngsters did themselves proud. Our top six contained three under-13 squad players in Jordy Butcher, Stef Gostic and Paddy Harrington.

“We now have a massive game this week at Cavaliers and if we have the same amount of effort and team spirit, anything is possible.”

With Clarke once again losing the toss, Spalding were asked to field.

Debutant Scampion (2-24)and Jazz Tott (2-24) both bowled in good areas and were rewarded quickly with the wickets of Mickleburgh (0) and skipper Gilbert (0), with keeper Dave Endersbee taking two top catches.

Harry Moor (15) and Richard Tonge (27) batted well to push the Timberland score on, but Town continued to take wickets and reduced them to 33-5.

Harry Wright (28) pushed the score past 100, but Clarke and Sean Hook (2-26) cleaned up the tail and wrapped the innings up for 110 in 39.3 overs.

Town lost Ben Edwards for a duck four balls into their reply, but Endersbee (6) joined teenager Butcher (14) – who showed great patience and maturity – and they took the score up to 33.

However, with Alex Moor (5-19) in top form, Spalding lost four wickets for just nine runs to leave them in deep trouble at 42-6.

An explosive seven-ball cameo from Tott (21) changed the innings though, as it provided old hands Clarke (30) and Hook with a platform.

Both played attacking cricket, but with victory in sight Clarke was caught at mid-off with five runs still needed by the final pair at the crease .

But despite some nervous moments, Scampion kept cool and hit the winning runs.