CRICKET: Town thrashed by title rivals

Derby duel: Spalding Town 1st (above) and Moulton Harrox 1st (below).
Derby duel: Spalding Town 1st (above) and Moulton Harrox 1st (below).
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North Luffenham (222-7) beat Spalding 3rd (86) by 136 runs: THERE was an emphatic change in the guard at the top of the South Lincs and Border League Division Three table on Saturday as Town were outclassed.

Spalding went into the game as third tier leaders, but North Luffenham handed them a massive 136- run beating at the Oval.

* Spalding v Moulton Harrox cricket at Harrox field'Moulton back Chris Beale, Jack Cusack, Karl Hibbert, Harry Barnett, Craig Norris, Ian Smith, umpire Roger Alderton Front Will Jex, Max Cusack, Matthew Barnett, Nigel Eveliegh, Jack Barnett,

* Spalding v Moulton Harrox cricket at Harrox field'Moulton back Chris Beale, Jack Cusack, Karl Hibbert, Harry Barnett, Craig Norris, Ian Smith, umpire Roger Alderton Front Will Jex, Max Cusack, Matthew Barnett, Nigel Eveliegh, Jack Barnett,

Batting first, opener David Brew scored 85 to hold the home side’s innings together, with useful contributions from the rest of the batsmen bringing the score to a daunting 222-7.

Spalding’s bowlers worked hard but found the going difficult, with Thomas Bristow (3-50) and Matt Sharpe (2-23) having the most success. They didn’t help themselves in the field either, putting down a number of catches.

In reply, Spalding made a decent start with four of the top five batsmen reaching double figures. However, none of them were able to convert to a larger score, with Ben Westlake (19), Ashley Rex (10), Steve Lloyds (14) and Stu Parker (17) all dismissed after getting themselves in.

After a hostile spell from fast bowler Ravi Uppar (2-15) the Luffenham second change bowlers Rob Staniland (3-3) and Brew (3-11) cut through the remaining batsmen very quickly, leaving Spalding 86 all out and with their position as league leaders gone.

They are just six points off the pace though and host a dangerous Baston outfit on Saturday (1.30pm).

Division One

Moulton Harrox 1st (145) lost to Spalding 1st (147-6)

TOWN broke their away duck at the expense of local rivals Harrox on Saturday.

Spalding skipper Simon Juckes won the toss and decided to bowl first at Harrox Field – which proved an inspired choice.

Jamie Juckes (4-20) clean-bowled danger man Jack Barnett for 0 off the second ball of the innings, while Mike Kearns Jnr also took regular wickets to finish with 3-28.

Town were good in the field with wicket keeper Rob Ambrose having a fine game and Jack Barrett taking a great catch to remove Matt Barnett (6).

Moulton’s top scorers were Craig Morriss (26) and Chris Beale (23) down the order as the hosts limped to 145 all out.

Spalding’s reply was much more measured and they always seemed in control. They knocked the runs off with ten overs to spare despite losing six wickets. Opener Mike Kearns Snr (43) led the charge, while Simon Juckes (23) and Kearns Jnr (31 not out) helped steer Spalding home for a well-earned win.

Town play Lindum 2nd at home on Saturday, while Moulton host league leaders Billingborough (both 1.30pm).

Friendly fixtures

Spalding Sunday (144) lost to Welney (146-5) by five wickets

INEXPERIENCED Spalding were beaten by Welney for a second time this season.

An innings of 48 from captain Richard Gilbert along with an aggressive 35 from Paul Holmes got Spalding to a competitive total of 144.

Welney’s innings was held together by opener Hobbs (65), who resisted until Welney were almost at the finishing line.

Ben Edwards, a Spalding player loaned to the opposition, added much-needed support with 26.

The Spalding attack of Carl Lamming (2-13), Ash Bright (1-20), Matt Sharpe (1-19) and Sam Lamming (1-23) bowled well, but were unable find the cutting edge required to win the match.

Pinchbeck (126-5) beat Kimpton (125) by five wickets

PINCHBECK secured a maiden home win over Hertfordshire tourists Kimpton on Saturday.

After choosing to bat, the visitors never got going against a tidy bowling performance from the hosts.

Jaz Tott led the way with superb figures of 4-23 as Kimpton struggled against the swinging ball and were bowled out for 125.

Only Harvey Kirkland (31) made a score of any substance as Matt Grange, Danny Jackson and Dave Wallder all added two wickets apiece for Pinchbeck.

Sam Smith’s fine form continued as he notched up another half century to see his team comfortably to their target with eight overs to spare.

The innings wobbled briefly as Cotton (3-31) got into the middle order and left the hosts five wickets down, but there were no further spoils for the visitors as James Langford (25 not out) sensibly partnered Smith to the finish. Smith hit seven boundaries on his way to an unbeaten 57.

Pinchbeck (147-6) beat Redbat (146-9) by six wickets

AN unbeaten 56 from James Langford secured a second victory in as many days for Pinchbeck.

Steve Robinson (3-22) and Harry Waine (3-30) were the pick of the bowlers on Sunday as Pinchbeck restricted their visitors to 146-9 batting first.

Openers Richard Riley and James Cole (38) put together a watchful opening stand of 39 in 14 overs before Riley (29) went to a great catch in the covers. Langford arrived at the crease with eight overs to go, with 61 runs still needed to secure the win.

The vice-captain combined sensible defence with controlled aggression en-route to his maiden 50 for the club, which included ten fours and a superb straight six. The young legs of Matt Grange assisted well in the final stages as victory was secured with three balls to spare.