Disappointing defeat for Spalding

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Spalding slipped to a disappointing defeat at home to Skegness in the Lincs Premier Division.

The visitors went into the game without a win to their name but they dismissed Spalding for just 160 and reached their target for the loss of just four wickets.

Spalding can usually depend on their big-hitting openers to get them off to a good start but Thivanka Rajaratne went for 16 – all coming from boundaries – with the score on 22 and Warren Nel was caught shortly after, having contributed just eight runs.

Josh Newton fell cheaply with the hosts still shy of the half-century mark as the visitors defied their lowly position.

Chris Dring reached double figures but Tim Norris went first ball when coming in to replace him.

Spalding steadied the ship slightly with Sri Lankan Wamanga Perera contributing 22 runs and skipper Rob Ambrose leading by example with a knock of 30.

Giving the usual quality of his side’s batting line-up, Ambrose will be disappointed to have topped the scoring and it wasn’t long after he went that Perera followed.

Nuwan Jayasena and Jack Barratt kept their wickets intact but 160 was never likely to be enough and so it proved as Pete Houghton opened in style for Skegness with a knock of 85.

Jayasena finally made the breakthrough when removing Scott Tallott with the score on 69 and Nel ran out Jamie Epton for a duck but the visitors had moved on to 114 by the time their next wicket fell.

Ambrose caught opposing skipper Norman Brackley off the bowling of Jayasena and Norris took the valued wicket of Houghton but Skegness reached their target to move above Grimsby and Billingborough.