CRICKET: Simon steers Spalding to derby delight

SOLID START: Moulton Harrox 2nd opener Chris Beale works a delivery away on the leg side. He made 26 on Sunday. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG280413-128TW
SOLID START: Moulton Harrox 2nd opener Chris Beale works a delivery away on the leg side. He made 26 on Sunday. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG280413-128TW
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Moulton Harrox 2nd (129) lost to Spalding 2nd (130-3) by 7 wickets: Simon Juckes smashed an unbeaten 66 to guide Spalding to a Division One derby triumph over Moulton 2nd on Sunday.

Town skipper Steve Norris won the toss and elected to bowl first at Broad Lane – and it proved the right call.

Jamie Juckes (1-23) struck early to remove Mark Woodhall (8), but Harrox skipper Chris Beale (26) and Cornwall (17) dug in well to take the score to 50, despite Luke Barwick (3) falling to Tom Dale.

A top spell from Jack Barratt (4-16) then triggered a Moulton collapse, but Matt Barnett (30 not out) joined his skipper at the crease to stop Spalding’s wicket spree.

A valuable knock from Alex Sowerby (12) down the order then took Harrox to 129, but Dale (3-23) and Barratt returned to clean up the tail.

In reply Henry Lavery (3-43) and Louis Greetham bowled very well, with the former removing Tim Norris (8) and then Ansar Hussain first ball to leave Town on 11-2.

But Joe Broomfield (19) and a match winning innings from Simon Juckes (66) steadied the ship. Both played controlled innings’, finding the gaps and showing fine running between the wickets to help Town keep the scoreboard ticking over.

Broomfield eventually departed, but Campbell Light (29n0) helped Juckes guide Spalding home.

Harrox visit Market Deeping 2nd on Sunday (1.30pm), while Spalding visit Thomas Cook (1.30pm).