CRICKET: New Spalding duo star in Castor win

New recruits Campbell Light and Warren Nel both shone as Spalding Town Cricket Club got their pre-season schedule off to a winning start on Saturday.

Having restricted visitors Castor and Ailsworth to 148-9 at Spalding Grammar School, Town reached their tally with six wickets in hand and five overs to spare.

After winning the toss, captain Rob Ambrose had no hesitation in putting the visitors into bat – and Town’s opening bowlers soon had Castor in trouble.

The Kearns brothers Mike and Charlie bowled well up top without too much luck, Charlie picking up the only wicket of the opening spell.

The introduction of Zimbabwe ace Light was the turning point of the innings, as he bowled with good pace and direction to clean up the visitors’ top order with 4-23 in his eight-over spell.

Castor stuck to their task though, reaching a respectable 148-9 at tea.

Town’s reply got off to a tidy start with debutant Nel and Ambrose looking in good touch. They put on 36 for the first wicket before the captain fell to a sharp catch from Will Jex off Jamie Smith.

Josh Newton carried on the good work with Nel, taking Town’s score to 76 before he was dismissed.

Charlie Kearns then joined Nel at the wicket and the pair set about their task well. Nel punished anything off line as he cruised to 86, before being stumped going for a maximum.

The game was all but over and it didn’t take long for Kearns (23 not out) and Tim Norris to pass their target.

Spalding skipper Ambrose said: “It’s always nice to get off to a winning start, but the performance today was the important thing for me.

“The team looks to be coming together nicely – let’s hope we hit the ground running in two weeks time.”