CRICKET: Agonising loss hits Pinchbeck

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A good contest between two evenly matched sides ended in disappointment for Pinchbeck as Welby 2nd claimed a 17-run victory on Saturday.

In cool, damp conditions skipper James Langford put the home side into bat and gave his team the right start with an early wicket.

Harry Waine put in a highly economical spell (1-10 from ten overs) from the other end, but Myles (18) and A Spencer (24) occupied the crease sensibly and prevented further inroads.

Steve Robinson (1-27) eventually broke the stand – and Pinchbeck began to impose themselves.

James Cole’s form with the ball continued as he got into the middle order, picking up 4-38 from 12 over. But, led by Drage (26), the tail wagged sufficiently to use the allotted overs and Welby closed on 128-9.

Pinchbeck’s reply got a poor start with Richard Riley dismissed in the second over. Cole (18) and Ed Grant (21) consolidated well with a stand of 45, before A Spencer claimed three quick wickets to leave the score wobbling at 56-4.

The visitors recovered, led by the composed Glen Hammond (32), who with Langford comfortably moved the total to 100-5.

But with victory in sight, the match then turned with a brilliant one-handed catch to dismiss the Pinchbeck skipper. This revitalised Welby and the frail lower order were blown away.