CRICKET: Dale’s delight as Town break duck

Have some of that! Spalding 2nd's Mick East admires his shot off Lewis Taylor on Saturday. Photo: SG020612-148TW
Have some of that! Spalding 2nd's Mick East admires his shot off Lewis Taylor on Saturday. Photo: SG020612-148TW
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Spalding 2nd (222-6) beat Cavaliers (104) by 118 runs: TOWN skipper Tom Dale was gushing with pride as his charges finally secured their first South Lincs and Border League Division Two win of the season.

With overcast conditions and a hard but grassy wicket, Cavaliers won the toss and had no hesitation in asking Spalding to bat first.

Spalding got off to a positive start against some short and erratic bowling. Lee Eyett (32) led the charge with an aggressive innings, pushing the score up to 80 before he lost his wicket to a loose shot.

But father and son combination Mick and Jon East rotated the strike well and kept the score ticking over.

With boundaries flowing for both batsmen, Mick (54) and Jon (50) both fell after reaching their half century – setting the stage for a brutal 20 ball 36 from Steve Norris as Town closed on 222-6.

With plenty of runs to play with and the wicket still in a lovely condition Spalding’s opening bowlers Chris Page (1-23) and Carl Lamming (1-21) bowled a lovely line and length.

The introduction of Norris (2-19) and Eyett (4-33) tightened the screw and pushed the run rate too high for the lower order. With the hard work done Jim Clarke (2-4) cleared up the tail as Spalding moved off the bottom with a maximum 20 points.

Delighted captain Dale said “It’s fantastic to get back to winning ways in such a convincing fashion.

“I’m proud of the lads for sticking to our game plan even after the poor start to the season. I think it shows the team spirit in the squad and the belief that it was only a matter of time before we won. Everyone worked hard today and there were a lot of great personal performances. It was a great team effort and we have a lot to take away from this.”

Division One

Spalding 1st (165-5) beat Lindum Ramblers (164-9) by five wickets

ROB Ambrose admitted Town go into Saturday’s crunch clash with Billingborough in tip-top form after their fifth win on the spin.

Josh Newton was Spalding’s star man, with a great knock of 69 helping chase down Lindum’s 164-9.

After the hosts won the toss and elected to bat, Charlie Kearns (2-41) and Jack Barratt (2-41) made early inroads. Joel Waller (32) batted well for Lindum in the middle order, but the introduction of Jamie Juckes (3-19) stalled the hosts’ progress and they closed on 164-9 in their 45 overs.

Matt Hendry (5) and Mike Kearns (13) were out early on in Town’s reply, but Newton and Charlie Kearns (30) stabalised the innings. Both batted superbly, but it was chief finisher Tim Norris (21 from nine balls) who saw Ambrose’s men home with five overs to spare.

All eyes now turn to Saturday’s Spalding Grammar School clash with fellow unbeaten side Billingborough (1.30pm).

Ambrose said: “I’m very pleased with the result this week, it was important to get a win under our belts before the Billingborough game.

“I was really pleased for Josh, he worked so hard in pre-season and it was good for him to get a good score.

“We couldn’t be in a better position than to be playing Billingborough. They are a very good side who are extremely committed so it is going to be a tough one. It would be nice to see a few faces on Saturday.”

Division Three

Pinchbeck (102-9) lost to Boston 3rd (103-4) by six wickets

PINCHBECK failed to recover from a horrible start as Boston took the spoils on Saturday.

Batting first, the home side were in dire straits as the top five were sent packing with just 11 runs on the board. Danny Jackson (28), Adam Newell (18) and Sanj Tott (15 not out) restored some respectability as Pinchbeck just reached triple figures.

An early run out and an LBW for Jaz Tott gave Pinchbeck some brief momentum, but opener Peter Mitchell finished unbeaten on 51 as Boston got home in the 25th over.

Claypole (212) beat Spalding 3rd (161) by 51 runs

A FRUSTRATING rally from the Claypole tail cost Spalding dear on Saturday.

Having won the toss, Town had Claypole reeling at 99-6, which included five wickets falling for 35 runs. Ben Edwards (4-33), Rick Dale (1-54), Kev Nottingham (1-46) and Huw Sharman (2-39) did much of the damage.

But Dean Revill (29), Scott Barnsdale (31), Dom Swingler (23) and Matt Revill (18 not out) did severe damage down the order, leaving Spalding with a tough target of 213 to win.

Town got off to a bad start, losing Sharman (1) in the third over with the score on eight. He was one of Revill’s (5-33) victims. Edwards (17) and Keith DeKeyzer (25) took the score to 43 before a 65 run partnership between Matt Powell (28) and Ashley Rex (49) got Spalding back in the match.

But again a middle order collapse saw them fall 51 runs shy of glory.