CRICKET: Plenty of pride in defeat as Lindum pip Pinchbeck

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Battling Pinchbeck were unfortunate to suffer a three-wicket loss against Lincoln Lindum 3rd in South Lincs and Border League Division Two on Saturday.

Batting first, openers Ed Grant (29) and Sam Smith (26) gave Pinchbeck a solid start but they were unable to push on as they would have liked and were pegged back with Lindum skipper Begley (3 -19) the pick of the bowlers.

Fortunately, James Cole (29) and skipper James Langford (20 not out) stood up to be counted and were able to guide the hosts’ total to 158-8 after 45 overs.

Pinchbeck then got on the front foot in the field thanks to three early wickets from Andrew Beeston. However, that good start gradually turned to frustration as Pandey (42) and Marris (37) responded with an excellent partnership.

Smith got a welcome breakthrough for Pinchbeck backed up by two further strikes from Langford – including a brilliant caught and bowled to reduce the score to 121-6.

But with overs to play with Lindum sensibly knocked off the required runs for the loss of one further wicket and take the points.