CRICKET: Spalding struggle on Premier debut

THAT'S OUT! Spalding Town Cricket Club 1st lose one of their wickets to Mehul Adatia in Saturday's derby demolition against Market Deeping. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG200413-122NG
THAT'S OUT! Spalding Town Cricket Club 1st lose one of their wickets to Mehul Adatia in Saturday's derby demolition against Market Deeping. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG200413-122NG

Market Deeping took the derby spoils on Saturday as Spalding endured a tough start to life in the Lincs ECB Premier Division.

Town’s first match in the big time couldn’t have started worse at Spalding Grammar School, as they lost their first five wickets for just 16 runs.

Tom Andrews (5-24), Ali Sharp (2-41) and Mehul Adatia (3-5) ripped through the Spalding order, with only debutant Campbell Light making a notable score in their tally of 84 in just 33.1 overs.

The Zimbabwe ace smashed 52 off 41 balls – which included eight fours and two sixes. All-rounder Light then took 3-32 as Deeping lost five wickets in their reply, but they passed the meagre target in 20.2 overs.

Also in the top flight, perennial title contenders Bourne got off to an impressive start as they won by nine wickets against Sleaford at the Abbey Lawn.

Darren Cousins (4-36) and Colin Cheer (3-31) starred with the ball to dismiss Sleaford for 138, before a super stand from skipper Peter Morgan (50no) and number three Conrad Louth (54no) saw Bourne home in 35.3 overs.

Meanwhile in South Lincs and Border League, Moulton Harrox 1st suffered a heavy loss against Stamford in the Premier Division.

Stamford smashed 225-9 batting first, with Harrox only able to muster 85 in reply. Mark Woodall (23) top scored.

Bourne 2nd did make a winning start in the Premier Division though, edging out Sleaford 2nd by 14 runs. Archie Stroud’s 61 guided Bourne to 142, before Rob Bentley took 6-45 to help dismiss the hosts for 128.

In Division One, Baston’s Lloyd Stewart hit an unbeaten 102 in an 11-run triumph over Moulton 2nd. Jono Howard also made 51 as Baston made 232-8.

Karl Hibbert (64) and Henry Lavery (63) shone in Moulton’s reply, but they came up just short on 221 all out.

Also in Division One, Spalding 2nd and Deeping 2nd were both beaten in low scoring games. Town were all out for 74 against Boston 2nd, who knocked that off for the loss of three wickets.

Deeping managed 121-7 in their match with Stamford 2nd, but lost out by two wickets.

In Division Two, Sanj Tott’s 5-20 helped Spalding 3rd dismiss Pinchbeck for 109. Town then knocked that off for the loss of six wickets.

Also winners were Long Sutton 2nd, who beat Freiston (58 all out) by nine wickets.