CRICKET: Simon salutes Spalding’s spirit

Kitted out: Spalding Cricket Club were handed their new strip by Pat Baxter of sponsors Bakkavor on Saturday. Pictured from the left  - Rick Dale, Pat Baxter, Andy Green, first team skipper Simon Juckes, Tom Dale and Alfie Davies. Photo (to order call 01775 765433):SG140511-18MD (MIKE DAVISON)
Kitted out: Spalding Cricket Club were handed their new strip by Pat Baxter of sponsors Bakkavor on Saturday. Pictured from the left - Rick Dale, Pat Baxter, Andy Green, first team skipper Simon Juckes, Tom Dale and Alfie Davies. Photo (to order call 01775 765433):SG140511-18MD (MIKE DAVISON)
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Spalding (225-4) beat Belton Park (153) by 72 runs: SIMON Juckes paid tribute to his Spalding side after their morale-boosting win over in-from Belton Park on Saturday.

After a poor start to the season, Town are now into the top five of South Lincs and Border League Division One.

Superb knocks of 63 from Mike Kearns Snr, 61 from Rob Ambrose and an unbeaten 46 not out from Ansar Hussain helped Spalding secure a maximum 20-point haul.

Juckes said: “It was a cracking win and we put in an all-round performance. Everyone is capable of scoring runs in this team and it was nice to welcome back Ansar Hussain after missing the first four games.

“Even young Lewis Martin has fielded really well for a 14-year-old. He has played in all of our matches and is gaining great experience at first team level, having fitted into the great team spirit we have here.”

Jamie Juckes bowled superbly well for Spalding and went on to finish with figures of 8-2-11-3.

Stamford 2nd (160) beat Spalding 2nd (147-9) by 13 runs

SPALDING failed to capitalize on a good bowling performance as they went down at the Memorial Field on Saturday.

Bowling first in the Division Two clash, Spalding made inroads thanks to Carl Lamming (2-46) who dismissed opener Adam Pearson for 14 and then Neil Parsons for a duck.

Rick Dale then took over, bowling Gary Peck for 35 and dismissing the aggressive Steve Holland for 31.

Veteran Neil Williams steadied the ship for Stamford with an impressive 55 not out as Rod Parsons (3-35) trapped Paul Long and Alex Birch LBW for ducks and then took a catch off his own bowling to dismiss Chris Birch (8) to cap a fine spell of bowling.

Town’s reply got off to the worst possible start with opener Tom Dale bowled out first ball to Chris Birch (4-10).

Three more quick wickets followed, but Jim Clarke (50) put on an invaluable partnership with opener Mick East (50) to put Spalding back with a chance of completing the run chase.

After both fell some aggressive batting by Rick Dale (12 not out) and support from Jack Beavis (5 no) got Town close, but they fell 14 runs short of victory.

Spalding 3rd (193-8) beat Moulton Harrox Sunday (124) by 69 runs

STUART Parker was left delighted with his side as they took the derby bragging rights on Sunday.

A masterful 81 not out from Mike Kearns Jnr and 4-26 from Tom Bristow helped Spalding secure a 69-run win in the Division Three clash.

Kearns’ knock included three sixes and six fours, while a 51 from Moulton’s Joe Broomfield was in vain.

Town skipper Parker said: “Well done to the team. It was a cracking all round team display both with bat and ball, backed up by some fine fielding.”