Spalding impress with both bat and ball to demolish Lindum

Spalding Cricket Club's first team for the 2014 season - (back) Luke Whitworth, Mahesh Rajaratne, Charlie Kearns, Wimanga Perara, Nuwan Jayasena, front Jack Barrett, Tim Norris, Rob Ambrose, Warren Nel, Josh Newton and Chris Dring.   ANL-140426-153358001
Spalding Cricket Club's first team for the 2014 season - (back) Luke Whitworth, Mahesh Rajaratne, Charlie Kearns, Wimanga Perara, Nuwan Jayasena, front Jack Barrett, Tim Norris, Rob Ambrose, Warren Nel, Josh Newton and Chris Dring. ANL-140426-153358001
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Spalding made light work of defeating Lindum as they impressed with both bat and ball to win by nine wickets.

South African ace Warren Nel hit an unbeaten half-century to go with his 116 not out of seven days earlier while Charlie Kearns took four wickets and produced three maidens for the impressive hosts.

Charlie Kearns celebrates with his team mates after taking a wicket against Lindum.  ANL-140426-153722001

Charlie Kearns celebrates with his team mates after taking a wicket against Lindum. ANL-140426-153722001

The clouds moved away and the sun came out to allay any fears that the game would be lost to the weather, as Bourne’s home match with Woodhall Spa had been.

Home skipper Rob Ambrose again lost the toss but was happy that Lindum opted to bat and for the second week running the opening pair of Kearns and Wimanga Perera impressed.

Kearns clean-bowled Pierce Morley-Barnes for a duck with his only third ball and Charles Tomlinson soon followed for one in the third over.

Sri Lankan newcomer Perera was in no mood to be left out of the wicket-taking and his impressive early spell saw him removeSaikat Sarkar for a duck as the visitors were left reeling on 7-3.

Spalding could hardly have wished for a better start but they kept the pressure up and Josh Newton made a fine catch in the covers to remove William Wright for 13 off the bowling of Perera.

Thivanka Rajaratne was introduced as a spin option and he got among the wickets when Nel showed lightning reactions to pull off a superb catch at first slip to end the resistance of Robinson, who went for 28.

Lindum skipper Miller arrived at the crease with the score at 51-5, but he didn’t last for long as he went for three when his lofted drive off Rajaratne’s bowling found the safe hands of the experienced Chris Dring, who was back in the side after missing last week’s home match with Market Deeping.

Rajaratne joined Kearns on three wickets when Sneddom edged into the hands of Ambrose for five but a 72-run partnership between Lindsay (46) and Bishop steadied the ship for Lindum.

The reintroduction of pace for the last six overs brought success as some quality bowling from Kearns and Perera cleaned up the last three wickets to dismiss Lindum for 142.

Spalding opened with the in-form Nel and Rajaratne and, safe in the comfort of knowing they didn’t have a big target to chase, they were able to produce plenty of flair and attacking shots.

Neither batsman looked troubled as they scored consistently at around five runs per over. A poor over from Lindum seamer Sarkar was punished when the umpires removed him after a three no-ball spell as Rajaratne heaped further misery by scoring 17 runs.

Both Town openers duly reached their half-centuries but the partnership was broken on 120 when Rajaratne was caught by Lindsay off the bowling of Miller.

Josh Newton, who scored a half-century last week, arrived at the crease and was 12 not out as he and Nel (62 not out) easily reached the required total in the 26th over.

Ambrose said: “I am a happy skipper at the moment as we have started the season really well.

“I thought the toss would be important and was surprised when they decided to bat.

“Charlie and Wimanga bowled superbly and we got some early wickets and although they steadied things and got a partnership going we finished them off and then batted well again.

“Warren is looking like the player he was three or four years ago. We decided to open with Thivanka this week and I think we will keep him there as he did very well.”

“The great thing is the local lads are doing well as well as the overseas lads.”