CRICKET: Champions-elect rain on Pinchbeck’s parade

Pinchbeck Cricket Club, pictured before Saturday's game: Back (from left) ' Harry Waine, Richard Riley, Tony Sheppard, Ed Grant, Oliver Booth, Mike Knight; front ' Oliver Waine, Adam Newell, James Cole, Sam Smith and Andy Beeston. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG150912-339NG (to order call 01775 765433 or visit www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto)
Pinchbeck Cricket Club, pictured before Saturday's game: Back (from left) ' Harry Waine, Richard Riley, Tony Sheppard, Ed Grant, Oliver Booth, Mike Knight; front ' Oliver Waine, Adam Newell, James Cole, Sam Smith and Andy Beeston. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG150912-339NG (to order call 01775 765433 or visit www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto)
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Pinchbeck (80) lost to Friskney (81-6) by four wickets: THE final South Lincs and Border League home match of the season ended in disappointment for Pinchbeck, as league leaders Friskney took a step closer to the Division Three title.

Put into bat, Pinchbeck barely recovered from a very poor start and subsided to 80 all out.

An excellent spell from Friskney’s Mick Troops (4-22) got into the top order and, with son Ben (4-26) providing more than adequate support, the home side were looking red faced at 34-6.

They did make it to 80, with veteran opener Ed Grant (22) and Andrew Beeston (18) providing brief resistance before Friskney wrapped the innings up in the 36th over.

With an uphill task ahead of them, Pinchbeck at least didn’t make it easy for their opponents.

Harry Waine struck twice early on to quash any thoughts of an easy run chase. However, led by Tony Baxter (29), Friskney appeared to be steadily moving their way to victory with a third wicket stand of 45 before the hosts hit back.

Ollie Booth broke the partnership and Beeston then snaffled three quick wickets to reduce the score to 64-6.

But Friskney’s seventh wicket pair kept their cool and completed victory to cement top sport.