CRICKET: Batting collapse ends victory bid

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Welby (187-7) beat Spalding 2nd (131) by 56 runs: A MIDDLE order collapse prevented Spalding from taking the points in South Lincs and Border League Division Two, despite a fine 55 from skipper Tom Dale.

Bowling first, visitors Spalding were made to toil in the field courtesy of openers James Tickler and Stephen Wilson going on to make fifties, with tight bowling from Carl Lamming keeping the pressure on.

Heath Ripley (1-35) made the initial breakthrough, bowling Wilson for a destructive 50, before spinner Lee Eyett (3-41) removed Darren Bradbury (3) with a catch off his own bowling.

When Mick East caught captain Michael Whatton (6) off Eyett, Spalding looked to be making a comeback. However, Tickler and Simon Meadows (21) built a strong partnership which was broken by Jack Beavis (3-16) when Meadows edged behind to Dale.

Spinner Beavis then claimed the second wicket of his opening over when Jonathan Durham departed without scoring. Eyett came back to bowl opener Tickler for 65 and when Beavis bowled Brian Spence for a single, Spalding sensed maximum bowling points.

But spirited resistance from Dave Sumner (25no) and Glenn Sumner (11no) ensured the visitors had to chase 188 for victory.

Dale and Mick East (11) got Spalding off to a solid start, backed up by Jonathan East (24) as Spalding looked to be on target to reach the victory.

Dale’s knock of 55, including six fours and two sixes, was finally brought to an end after he was caught in the deep by Durham off Glenn Sumner.

The wicket of East, bowled by spinner David Curran (4-15) sparked a collapse from a comfortable position, with only Lee Eyett (17) making double figures after that.

Curran and left arm spinner Wilson (4-25) bowled well into the setting sun to skittle Town for a disappointing 131.

Division One

Moulton Harrox (256-9) beat Woodhall Spa 2nd (134) by 122 runs

IAN Smith enjoyed a debut to remember as Moulton’s fine start to the season continued.

The all-rounder hit a scintillating 77 and took the decisive final wicket as Woodhall Spa 2nd were blown away.

Opener Smith set off at fearsome pace, enabling the home team to race to 78-1 by the tenth over.

He was eventually dismissed 23 runs shy of a century, but had already build a significant platform for his side.

Skipper Matt Barnett (59) and Karl Hibbert (54) picked up where Smith left off, as both played assertive and entertaining innings.

Also getting in on the act was 16-year-old Joe Broomfield (18), who monstered a towering six over the famous Moulton lime tree.

Despite Harrox reaching 256-9, Woodhall’s Steve Hughes (6-41) took very creditable figures in the circumstances.

Moulton’s domination continued after the tea break. Opening bowlers Nigel Eveleigh (1-30) and Matt Barnett (4 for 30) broke Woodhall’s top order.

Only Woodhall skipper Rob Bee (46) was able to offer significant resistance, as they slumped to 134 all out. Spinners Jack Barnett (2-36) and 15-year-old Max Cusack (2-18) mopped up the, with Smith celebrating a fantastic debut and taking the final wicket.

Spalding 1st (176) lost to Market Deeping 2nd (177-6) by four wickets

Spalding 1st

M Kearns snr c Windsor b Hyman 67

M Hendry c Bainborough b Rose 0

S Juckes c Bainborough b Rose 0

R Ambrose c Bainborough b Rose 0

M Kearns c Rose b Pateman 41

A Hussain c&b Pearson 11

D Naghen c Bainborough b Pearson 0

L Whitworth c Wheatley b Rose 11

J Juckes b Rose 21

L Martin st Bainborough b Pearson 0

J Barratt not out 0

Extras (13b, 2lb, 9w, 1nb) 25

Total (all out) 176

• Bowling: Rose 10.1-1-41-5; Pearson 11-1-45-3; N Andrews 12-3-23-0; Pateman 6-0-36-1; Hyman 4-0-16-1.

Market Deeping 2nd

N Andrews c Hussain b Whitworth 22

A Wheatley c Barratt b Whitworth 36

M Rose c Martin b Barratt 19

R Hyman c Hendry b J Juckes 38

E Davies c Kearns Snr b Barratt 2

R Bainborough b S Juckes 4

A Malton not out 27

S Pateman not out 0

Extras (5b, 6lb, 9w, 9nb) 29

Total (for 6 wickets) 177

Bowling: J Juckes 11-0-50-1; Kearns Jnr 10-2-33-0; Whitworth 7-0-24-2; Hussain 6-0-28-0; Barratt 5-1-7-2; S Juckes 6-0-24-1.

Division Three

Moulton Harrox Sunday (234-7) beat Burgh and District (53) by 181 runs

HARROX Sunday cruised to a massive win with a great all round performance.

Burgh’s decision to bowl first didn’t pay off as the Moulton batsmen smashed their way to a huge score of 234.

Openers Joe Broomfield (70) and Jack Cusack (50) got the ball rolling for the home side with an opening stand of 104, eventually halted by Richard Underwood (1-41), who bowled Cusack.

Captain Chris Beale then hit an aggressive 47 – including a huge six down the ground – to keep the momentum before falling to Paul Bronks, who claimed 5-32 amongst the carnage.

Broomfield was in fine form himself as he hit eight fours and two sixes before being bowled by Bronks. A flurry of late wickets fell including Jack (12) and Harry Barnett (0) both to Bronks as Moulton attacked their way to 234-7, with Pierce Scourfield left on 26 not out.

Bronks (1) couldn’t repeat his heroics with the bat as he fell for one, LBW to Curtis Todd, who picked up impressive figures of 4-17. Opening partner Phillip Sharp didn’t fare any batter as he was caught by Max Cusack for a duck off Luke Barwick (3-20).

Todd went on to claim the wickets of Peter Blackmore (11), Richard Underwood (9) and James Taylor (12) as Burgh collapsed to 53 all out.

Spinner Oliver Saville picked up 2-11 taking the final wicket of Robert Whitelam for a duck after Frazer Stone (1-4) dismissed Paul Wilkinson (6), stumped by Broomfield, to claim his first ever wicket.

Pinchbeck (140) lost to Blankney (141-3) by seven wickets

WINLESS Pinchbeck saw their losing streak in SLBL Division Three stretch to three games on Saturday.

After choosing to bat in excellent conditions at Spalding Grammar School, Pinchbeck lost James Langford (0) in the first over but Richard Riley (41) and Sam Smith (23) quickly got into stride and responded with an excellent stand of 60.

Both looked comfortable and appeared to be setting a good platform before Blankney seamer Evans broke the partnership and turned the screw for the visitors.

He went on to account for the top half of the batting order and completed his 12 overs with figures of 5-48.

This left Pinchbeck with plenty to do and Michael Knight applied his aggressive style to good effect, twice clearing the boundary on his way to a quickfire 40, backed up by skipper James Cole who provided stubborn support.

But the dismissal of Knight proved a turning point and the last five wickets fell for just 16 runs as the innings reached an early end on 140.

Pinchbeck started tidily with the ball but failed to find an early breakthrough.

Veteran Steve Robinson then weighed in with a quick brace to reduce the total to 43-2 after 18 overs – but that was as good as it got for ths hosts.

Blankney began to get away and gradually quashed any hopes of a home victory, as Thomas (41) and Williams (43no) kicked on with a swift partnership of 71 to steer the visitors safely towards the winning line.