CRICKET: Spalding skipper delighted with derby victory

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Spalding Town’s lowest ranked side were flying the flag for the club on the opening day of the new South Lincs and Border League season.

Jimmy Clarke’s 3rd team were the only side from the club to get off to a winning start, as they saw off South Holland rivals Pinchbeck by four wickets in Division Two.

Sanj Tott (5-20) and Joe Lyon (3-7) starred for Spalding as they dismissed Pinchbeck for 109, before captain Clarke (36no) and Jazz Tott (32no) guided them to a four-wicket success.

There was also a notable bowling performance from 12-year-old George Senior and a dogged batting display by Will Holmes, leaving Clarke a happy man following his first game in charge of the side.

He said: “What a brilliant way to start the season, with Sanj and George bowling so well up the top. They were backed up by the rest of the bowling as well.

“The fielding from the team was exceptional too.

“Will’s knock helped to build a platform in and Jazz Tott’s innings was brilliant, with his attacking play helping to relieve the pressure. I would also like to thank Pinchbeck for the excellent spirit in which the game was played.”

With the Spalding skipper winning the toss and electing to bowl, Pinchbeck openers Danny Jackson (15) and Ed Grant (3) managed just 18 from their first ten overs on a damp wicket.

Sanj Tott eventually trapped Grant for a plumb LBW, before clean bowling number three Richard Riley (4) soon after. Jackson was dismissed moments later thanks to a fine catch from Sam Young off the bowling of Lyon.

James Cole (4) was next to go after being cleaned up by an inswinging Lyon delivery which clipped his off stump.

The smart stumping of Mike Knight (2) by Joe Broomfield off the bowling of Sanj Tott continued the Spalding assault, before Richard Gilbert(1-21) struck to remove Adam Newell (1) to leave Pinchbeck teetering on 46-6 .

After drinks Andrew Beeston (30) and Glen Hammond (13) shared a watchful partnership to put on 55 in 20 overs, but Clarke (1-4), Lyon and Tott eventually cleaned up the innings in the 44th over.

Town endured a torrid start to their reply with James Langford (5-53) dismissing Broomfield (2) and Sam Young (2).

Keith De Keyser (13) and Holmes (21) battled hard against the new ball to steady the ship, only for Langford to remove the former.

The calming influence of Clarke helped take the score to 41, before a mini-collapse saw Holmes, James Hook (2) and Richard Gilbert (0) depart.

That brought Jazz Tott to the crease with Clarke – and the duo raced to a super 60 partnership that eased Town home in 34.2 overs, securing a 20-point haul to boot.