CRICKET: Safety first for stubborn Spalding

Charlie Kearns (left) misses Saturday's match.
Charlie Kearns (left) misses Saturday's match.
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Bullish Spalding Town skipper Rob Ambrose reckons his resilent side are showing all the qualities required to stay in the Lincs ECB Premier League.

Town, promoted as South Lincs and Border League Premier Division champions last term, have only won three of their 12 matches so far.

But they’ve proved very tough to beat, especially at home, having only lost four times outright.

They collected seven batting points for their efforts at Market Deeping last weekend and sit 19 points clear of second-from-bottom Haxey.

More of the same would satisfy Ambrose against second-placed Sleaford at Spalding Grammar School this Saturday (12.30pm).

He said: “Sleaford are always a strong side, especially at this time of year when they get a few lads back from Uni.

“But we’ve done well. It’s no good us winning the odd game and then picking up no points in the other games.

“We’ve been getting points from pretty much every game and if we carry on like this I don’t see any reason why we won’t stay up.

“Dare I say it, but Hartsholme look like they’ll finish bottom, so we have to keep an eye on Haxey.

“We still have to go there, so we’re far from safe yet.”

Ambrose has also been impressed with new signing Nabeel Bhayla. The South African made 104 at Outgang Road last weekend, having jetted in the previous week to replace the outgoing Campbell Light.

The Spalding skipper added: “Nabeel has been great, he’s settled in nicely on and off the pitch. We’re all very happy with him.”

Talented bowler Charlie Kearns is Town’s only big absentee against Sleaford, with Ambrose having a strong squad to pick from.

The visitors boast former New Zealand Test player Tim McIntosh in their ranks.