CRICKET: Rob urges Town to bounce back

Heavy loss: Spalding's Charlie Kearns sends one down against Billingborough on Saturday. Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG090612-14MD
Heavy loss: Spalding's Charlie Kearns sends one down against Billingborough on Saturday. Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG090612-14MD
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Billingborough (208-8) beat Spalding (112) by 96 runs: ROB Ambrose has urged table-topping Town to put their South Lincs and Border League Division One drubbing on Saturday drubbing behind them.

Spalding’s unbeaten start to the season came to grinding halt against defending champions Billingborough, who bagged all 20 points.

The Town skipper admits his side were given a harsh lesson by Boro, who are now within striking distance of replacing them at the summit.

Ambrose said: “They really do play their own brand of cricket. Our players struggled to come to terms with the abuse that you get when you go out to bat against a very committed Billingborough team.

“I was really disappointed with how we played, I thought we bottled it.

“But what we have got to do is forget about it and move onto the next game. We have got Skeggy at home and will be going for the 20 points.”

Ambrose won the toss and put Billingborough into bat on what looked like a green Spalding Grammar School pitch. And when Henry Charlton snared overseas pro Geordie Scott for nine in the sixth over, it looked like a good decision.

However, Steve Scott then joined Dave Newman at the crease and the pair showed their quality guiding their side to as commanding position with a 54-run stand.

With Newman (58) passing his half century and Scott (30) looking dangerous the game was starting to get away from Town. But the introduction of Jack Barratt (2-43) and Jamie Jukes (2-24) helped steady the ship they both bowled well to restrict the away side in the middle overs, taking the important wickets of Newman and Scott too.

More damage was dealt by Andy Wilson (24) and Dave Gollop (38) though, as they pushed Boro on to a very good 208-7 at tea.

Town needed a performance from one of their top five to give them a chance in the game, but they failed to handle the pressure Billingborough threw at them.

Only Matt Hendry (26) and Charlie Kearns (20) showed any real fight as Town lost wickets at regular intervals, with Geordie Scott (3-29) and Roy Tilley (1-33) reducing them to 74-6.

Town just couldn’t get any partnerships going and the introduction of Steve Scott (3-20) and Dave Gollop (3-26) mopped up the tail with the score on 112 – providing a timely reminder that Boro will be a major force in the promotion race.

Division Three

Pinchbeck (107-8) lost to Spalding 3rd (110-2) by eight wickets

TOWN cruised to derby glory with eight wickets to spare in a one-sided clash on Saturday.

After being put into bat, Pinchbeck made slow progress against Spalding’s opening bowlers.

The breakthrough came in the ninth over when Chris Green (2-17) trapped Danny Jackson LBW for nine with the score on 17. Two overs later – and with no addition to the score – he also got Sam Smith LBW with a ball that kept low.

Kev Nottingham (0-21) and Green restricted Pinchbeck to 39 runs after they had both completed their 12 over spells, while Huw Sharman (1-12) and Rick Dale (3-30) picked up where they left off.

Mike Knight (20) and James Cole (13) did keep the scoreboard ticking over, and a spirited finish by Andrew Beeston (19 not out), Jaz Tott (11) and Harry Waine (3 not out) saw Pinchbeck put on 32 in the last five overs.

With Spalding unable to take the last two wickets, and Pinchbeck finished on 107-8.

Coming out to bat, Spalding also started steadily and had got to 23 when the lost Keith DeKeyzer for 10.

This brought the in-form Jake Morton to the crease – and he wasted no time in getting after the Pinchbeck bowlers.

A stand of 63 with Sharman (25) put Town within sight of their target and – and Morton (55 not out) was still there at the close as Town ended the game in the 29th over.

Pick of the Pinchbeck bowlers was the economical Beeston (0-17).