CRICKET: Rob rues Town’s field of nightmares

Latest cricket news from the Lincs Free Press and Spalding Guardian,spaldingtoday.co.uk/cricket, @lfpsport on Twitter
Latest cricket news from the Lincs Free Press and Spalding Guardian,spaldingtoday.co.uk/cricket, @lfpsport on Twitter

Haxey (224-6) drew with Spalding Town (191-5): Rob Ambrose lamented the “worst fielding performance he’s ever seen” as Town picked up a losing draw against relegation rivals Haxey.

Spalding, who collected eight more valuable points from the Saturday showdown, shelled eight catches overall – with centurion Graeme Attenborough dropped six times.

The Haxey ace went on to amass 105 from 124 balls as the hosts posted 224-6, before Town reached 191-5 in their reply.

Although promoted Spalding are still a healthy 33 points clear of the drop zone, they have only managed three wins all season – something skipper Ambrose is keen to build on.

He said: “We have been grinding out the points recently due to the position we are in the league – and I think that it can be a negative when you come into games that you want to be winning.

“We were not at the races in the field, which cost us heavily. We are not going to let it worry us, we have got to keep our heads up and look to put things right on Saturday.

“Every game is important at this stage of the season, if we can carry on as we are doing and pick a win up in the next six games we should be OK... if only it was that easy!”

Hosts Haxey won the toss and decided to bat first in the basement battle, played right in the very north of Lincolnshire. Thomas Wraith (6) and Ashley Hooper (10) got their side off to a steady start putting on 24 before the former was bowled by Michael Kearns (2-54).

Wraith followed too Kearns shortly after, while at the other end Charlie Kearns (2-73) had Ishtiaq Ahmed (2) caught behind.

With the score on 27-3, Oliver Tonks (26) then joined Attenborough – who had already been dropped twice – at the crease. The pair worked hard for their team and put together a very useful 86 run partnership.

Warren Nel (2-40) eventually got rid of both batsmen, but Dom Bishop (15) and Josh Savage (22no) hit some big blows at the end of the innings.

In reply, Town openers Nabeel Bhayla (26) and Michael Kearns (19) looked in great touch, hitting the Haxey seamers to all parts of the ground.

However, spinner Mark Atkins bowled both players in his second over to leave Spalding on 52-2.

Josh Newton (18) and Nel (34) kept the spinners at bay for a while, but Atkins (4-50) eventually trapped the former LBW.

The impressive Chris Dring (48no) joined Nel with the game in the balance at 85-3, but with Adkins bowling superbly Town fell behind the run rate. Charlie Kearns (17no) did form a solid partnership with Dring, but Town closed some 33 runs shy of their target.

They host Lincoln Lindum on Saturday (12.30pm), while rivals Haxey visit Skegness.