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CRICKET: Spalding bowler Naylor shows signs of greater things to come

Young bowler Will Naylor’s brilliant 6/36 last weekend could be the catalyst for him to contribute significantly to Spalding 1st’s league title hopes.

Town had something of an off day with the bat against Billingborough on Saturday, but Naylor stepped up to rip through the visitors’ top order, removing the first six.

Skipper Jonathan Miles said: “It sounds simple but he ran in and attacked the stumps. There was a bit in the wicket and he did well with both line and length.

Cricket action, Spalding V BillingboroughBowling for Spalding are Will Naylor (younger - 4 wickets when I left) an Jules Wilson (beard) (13479838)
Cricket action, Spalding V BillingboroughBowling for Spalding are Will Naylor (younger - 4 wickets when I left) an Jules Wilson (beard) (13479838)

“We picked up Will from Long Sutton over the winter and hopefully that performance will be the launch for him to do really well for us in the second half of the season.”

Batting first, Spalding didn’t adapt well to the damp conditions, posting a light-looking 142 all out. Miles (31) and opener Joe Broomfield (30) were the only ones in the top order to make an impression, but number nine Harry DeCamps’ 21 proved useful. Billingborough were dismissed for 99 in 40 overs.

Spalding picked up 17 points but Bourne leapfrogged them at the top of South Lincs and Border League Premier Division by taking 19 points from their home win over Sleaford.

Miles said the batting performance was a disappointment.

“We have a young squad and it’s a learning curve but if we are going to finish in a position we’re in at the moment they will have to learn quickly,” he added.

Town hope to return to the top of the tableon Saturday. They host Belton Park at Spalding Grammar School (1pm).


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