Jonny (12) looks a star for the future

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Twelve-year-old Jonny Manton starred on an otherwise tough afernoon for Spalding on Sunday.

The youngster scored 19 runs and secured his team a batting point during a 60 partnership with skipper Jimmy Clarke.

Benefield got off to a very good start after being asked to bat on a windy, damp afternoon. Mike Cawley (46) and Ironmonger scored well despite testing bowling from youngsters Senior and Garner.

The introduction of spin from Gilbert and Clarke saw the breakthrough. Ironmonger went for 38 with the score on 83 and was followed quickly, with Clarke snaffling the wicket of Cawlet.

Gilbert then dismissed Wilkinson to a good catch from young Manton to leave Benefield on 94-3 at the 20 over stage .

Stokes came to the wicket and put on a good 70 partnership with Ackroyd (12) before the introduction of Sean Hook saw the immediate break-through.

Ben Edwards then grabbed three quick wickets with his excellent variation , but both were unable to remove the irrepressible Stokes, who reached his maiden 100 in the last over to take the score to a formidable 238-7 after the 45 overs . Pick of the bowlers were Ben Edwards (3-23) and Jim Clarke (2-39).

Town had to get off to a good start but the opening bowlers Ironmonger and Chudley had other ideas with Thomas (11) the first to fall with a ball that nipped back, and Young followed shortly afterwards to a smart catch.

Wright and Hook were both bowled by Chudley to see Town at 42-4 after 10 overs. Senior (1) fell to a smart in-swinger and Peter Cawley dismissed Gilbert (7) and Edwards (9) to leave Town at 51-7 after 17 overs.

Youngster Manton (19) batted maturely throughout his innings with a solid defence and was joined by Clarke (39) and between them put on 60 for the eighth wicket in 24 overs despite the rain pouring down, before Manton was unluckily bowled playing on.

With Clarke and Hook both being dismissed shortly afterwards trying to secure an extra batting point, town finished on 121 all out in the 45th over.

Jim Clarke said after the game: “It was a really good innings from Jonny and it secured a batting point. It was great to see him first hand as we put on 60.

“He should be very proud of his efforts.”