Nel inspires Spalding win

Warren Nel
Warren Nel

South African ace Warren Nel was again in big-hitting form as Spalding made it through to finals day of the Lincs Twenty/20 Cup.

Nel smashed 77 off 59 balls, including five fours and two sixes, with his third unbeaten knock of the season.

Since starting his campaign with a stunning 116 not out against Market Deeping in the Lincs Premier, Nel has continued to smash local bowlers all over the ground and Monday was no different.

With Market Deeping pulling out of the competition, Spalding only had to defeat Lindum in Group Three to progress to finals day at Sleaford on May 27 and they did so by seven wickets.

As is becoming the case this season, Spalding skipper Rob Ambrose lost the toss with Lindum electing to bat.

Opener Pierce Morley-Barnes hit 55 not out as Lindum reached 157-6 and Spalding duly surpassed that figure with an over to spare.

Steve Norris was promoted into the first team and opened the Spalding batting with Nel, putting on a quickfire 21 before being stumped.

Sri Lankan Wamanga Perera provided a run-a-ball 17 before also being stumped by Richard Bishop and summer signing Thivanka Rajaratne then came to the crease looking to follow on from his man-of-the-match display at the weekend.

He only lasted for 21 deliveries but moved the Spalding total on by 34 with the help of two fours and two sixes.

Nuwan Jayasena then came in to help Spalding get over the line.

n Bourne are the reigning holders in the competition and had little trouble in reaching finals day.

They won both of their Group One matches with Conrad Louth (75 off 37 balls) and Carl Wilson (an unbeaten 67 from 44 balls) inspiring them to victory over Sleaford as they smashed 227-3.

The visitors never looked likely to match that target and eventually fell well short on 158-4.

Skipper Pete Morgan starred in Bourne’s other win, an eight wicket hammering of Market Rasen.

Morgan smashed 65 off 35 balls as Bourne took just 13 overs to reach 140-2 in reply to Market Rasen’s modest total of 134-5.

Billingborough progressed to finals day from group Two, beating Grimbsy but losing to Lincs Premier Division leaders Bracebridge Heath.

Chris Morris smashed 92, including 12 fours and a six, as they beat Grimsby by 61 runs.

Billingborough finished on 193-7 and Dave Newman then took four wickets as they dismissed Grimsby for 132 with two overs to spare.

Wicket-keeper and opening batsman Andy Scott, who scored 34 against Grimsby, also impressed in the defeat by Bracebridge Heath.

He was run out for 42, which came off 37 balls, as Billingborough were all out for 136 and their opponenets lost just one wicket as they reached their target inside 12 overs.