Will helps show Harrox the way

Top knock: Moulton Harrox Sunday's Jack Barnett made 61 at the weekend. Photo: SG240711-23MD (MIKE DAVISON)
Top knock: Moulton Harrox Sunday's Jack Barnett made 61 at the weekend. Photo: SG240711-23MD (MIKE DAVISON)
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Grantham (133-6) lost to Moulton Harrox (137-2) by eight wickets: WILL Jex’s stylish knock helped Harrox get back to winning ways in South Lincs and Border League Division One on Saturday.

The wicketkeeper/batsman made an unbeaten 66 as Moulton made light work of Grantham, who laboured to 133-6 batting first.

Grantham’s innings was hampered by Moulton’s tight bowling, with the hosts afforded few opportuities for extravagant stroke. Only Matt Wing (55 no) was able to construct a significant innings.

Moulton skipper Matt Barnett (3-24) benefitted from three excellent catches being taken off his bowling, while Harry Barnett (2-31), bowled with pace and aggression. His second wicket was especially memorable.

It came from a top edge which was skied towards fine leg, with keeper Jex judging the catch to perfection as it dropped over his shoulder.

After tea Jex and Jack Barnett (43) put on 80 for the first wicket, with both executing a range of scintillating strokes.

Jex was later joined by Craig Morriss (23 no), who played an entertaining cameo that enabled Moulton to gain victory without further loss.

Spalding 1st (217-9) beat Boston 2nd (156-8) by 61 runs

Spalding 1st

M Kearns snr b Grant 39

M Hendry c Deans b Singh 60

M Kearns jnr LBW b Singh 8

R Ambrose LBW b Deans 3

S Juckes b Singh 9

H Charlton not out 36

J Juckes b Singh 0

L Whitworth c Deans b Grant 20

A Hussain b Deans 27

J Barratt c Grant b Deans 0

L Martin not out 5

Extras (2lb, 6w, 2nb) 10

Total (for 9 wickets, 45 overs) 217

Results: Burns 6-2-15-0; Ward 7-0-41-0; Singh 12-0-42-4; Grant 8-0-63-2; Deans 12-3-54-3.

Boston 2nd

M Hood c Barratt b Hussain 14

H Ushewokunze run out 67

P Moore c Kearns snr b Hendry 3

R Grant b Hussain 3

S Elleray LBW b Hussain 0

S Bursnell LBW b Hussain 1

A Singh not out 35

P Deans c Ambrose b Whitworth 4

C Ward LBW b Whitworth 6

Extras (3b, 3lb, 15w, 5nb) 26

Total (for 8 wickets, 45 overs) 156

Bowling: J Juckes 10-3-23-0; Kearns jnr 4-0-18-0; Hussain 12-3-21-4; Hendry 8-1-41-1; Barratt 6-0-21-0; Whitworth 5-0-26-2.

Division Two

Boston 3rd (111) lost to Spalding 2nd (116-3) by seven wickets

Boston 3rd

D Gilding c Eyett b Lamming 0

T Poole LBW b Clarke 22

P Mitchell b Lamming 9

A Singh c Dale b Lamming 0

S Major b Lamming 0

S Barnett c J East b H Ripley 23

L Goulder not out 17

I Morris c Endersbee b Lamming 34

C McNulty b Lamming 0

O Thurlby b Lamming 0

J Butler b Lamming 0

Extras (5b, 1lb) 6

Total (all out, 42.3 overs) 111

Bowling: Lamming 10.3-4-16-8; Page 11-1-26-0; Eyett 8-1-25-0; Ripley 9-3-28-1; Clarke 4-0-10-1.

Spalding 2nd

T Dale c Morris b Thurlby 23

M East c Morris b Butler 31

J East b Butler 26

L Eyett not out 24

D Endersbee not out 4

Extras (4b, 1lb, 2w, 1nb) 8

Total (for 3 wickets, 27.3 overs) 116

Bowling: Thurlby 5-0-26-1; Goulder 5-1-13-0; Major 9-1-30-0; Singh 5-0-22-0; Butler 3.3-0-20-2.

Division Three

Pinchbeck (144-7) beat Claypole (132) by 12 runs

A BRILLIANT bowling display from Steve Robinson guided Pinchbeck to a third win of the season.

The club’s leading wicket taker bagged figures of 5-42 to help his side defend a meagre tally of 144-7.

Surprisingly Pinchbeck won the toss and elected to bat first at Spalding Grammar School. David Wallder made a good 14 before an unlucky dismissal, with Dan Poulter’s delivery deflecting off his shoulder and onto the stumps.

However, with other wickets falling it was down to Sam Smith and skipper Dan Cole to glue the innings together and keep Claypole’s bowlers at bay for over 20 overs.

With overs running out Cole fell for 26 and Smith was eventually out for 56, although Mike Knight came in hit a quick-fire 19 to leave Pinchbeck on 144-7. The pick of Claypole bowlers was Poulter who took 4-23 with three maidens.

In reply, Claypole lost opener Matt Ragless early on, but Andrew Attlewell (34) and Dan Sullivan (28) dug in against an excellent spell by Andrew Beeston.

Pinchbeck’s wily old fox Robinson removed both batsmen, only for Phil North (54no) to put up a stiff fight for Claypole.

He eventually ran out of partners though, as a quartet of batsman were dismissed by Robinson and Will Dolton (3-52) for the loss of just two runs.

Claypole were eventually all out 12 runs shy of their target, with Mike Knight taking the last wicket off his only ball of the match.

The win saw Pinchbeck jump up a place to third from bottom in the standings.

Blankney (280-3) beat Spalding 3rd (136) by 144 runs

Blankney

C Donald c Lloyds b Bright 8

A Foster b Bright 8

D Thomas not out 148

L Williams c Dale b Lloyds 95

S Edwards not out 5

Extras (3b, 4lb, 7w, 2nb) 16

Total (for 3 wickets, 45 overs) 280

Bowling: Green 11-1-65-0; Bright 12-3-52-2; Dale 7-0-45-0; Nottingham 4-0-28-0; Bristow 5-0-37-0; Gilbert 4-0-29-0; Lloyds 2-0-16-1.

Spalding 3rd

R Gilbert b Jarvis 1

S Lloyds b Evans 2

K De-Keyzer c Jarvis b B Donald 35

J Morton b Williams 36

J Bennett b B Donald 0

K Nottingham c Brumpton b Evans 25

S Parker LBW b Holvey 6

T Bristow not out 11

A Bright c C Donald b Evans 2

C Green run out 3

R Dale LBW b Evans 0

Extras (5b, 4lb, 4w, 2nb) 15

Total (all out, 43 overs) 136

Bowling: Jarvis 8-0-21-1; Evans 11-4-19-4; B Donald 9-0-36-2; Edwards 7-2-17-0; Holvey 6-0-7-1; Williams 3-0-26-1.