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Probing delivery: Moulton Sunday's Henry Lavery sends one down to Blankney's Simon Behan. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG220712-134TW
Probing delivery: Moulton Sunday's Henry Lavery sends one down to Blankney's Simon Behan. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG220712-134TW
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Spalding 2nd (67-4) beat Thomas Cook (66) by 6 wickets: SILVERWARE is now in Spalding’s sights after a stellar showing propelled them into second spot in South Lincs and Border League Division Two.

Thomas Cook proved no match for Town, who absolutely demolished their opposition en route to a routine six-wicket win.

Stand-in skipper Chris Page won the toss and elected to bowl first on a soft but flat Memorial Field wicket.

The decision paid off, as Carl Lamming (1-16) struck in the second over and an amazing spell from Steve Norris (3-8) ripped through the Cook order. Norris’ 12-over spell went for only eight runs and included nine maidens.

The introduction of youngster Ollie Saville then cleaned up the tail, as he picked up 4-13 to help Spalding skittle their opposition for only 66 runs.

Town’s fielding was very good throughout the innings, as they backed up the bowlers and left a very small total to chase.

Spalding did make hard work of it, though. A combination of poor shot selection and the occasional good delivery meant the hosts lost four wickets in the pursuit of the total.

With both Thomas Cook opening bowlers spraying the ball all over the place, opening batsman Lee Eyett (13) decided attack was the best method. This worked for a while, before he shovelled an easy catch to mid-on.

Jamie Juckes (15) picked up where Eyett left off, before he was bowled by spinner Vidit Matta. A dubious decision and a cracking seaming delivery then got rid of father and son Mick and Jon East, before a destructive Norris knock saw him smash 18 quick runs to finish the game.

Town are now just 18 points behind leaders Welby, although they’ve played a game more.

Blankney (141-9) beat Moulton Harrox Sunday (80) by 61 runs

Blankney 1st

S Behan c J Cusack b M Cusack 46

B Hargrave LBW b Hibbert 19

C Donald b Lavery 5

D Pearse c Broomfield b Lavery 1

A Jarvis c Broomfield b M Cusack 18

A Foster c Broomfield b M Cusack 0

G Schwandt c&b Woodall 10

S Brumpton b Woodall 15

N Gilbert c Lucas b Woodall 0

B Tumilty not out 4

I Holvey not out 1

Extras (7b, 1lb, 14w) 22

Total (for 9 wickets, 45 overs) 141

Bowling: Hibbert 12-7-15-1; Lavery 12-1-44-2; Groves 4-0-18-0; M Cusack 12-4-32-3; Woodall 5-1-12-3.

Moulton Harrox Sun

C Beale c unknown b Gilbert 18

M Cusack b Gilbert 3

K Hibbert c unknown b Gilbert 20

J Cusack LBW b Gilbert 0

M Woodall b Gilbert 13

J Broomfield b Tumilty 0

F Stone b Gilbert 0

H Lavery st Foster b Tumilty 13

C Groves b Gilbert 1

Z Lucas b Gilbert 4

D Hibbert not out 0

Extras (1b, 6lb, 1w) 8

Total (all out , 21.2 overs) 80

Bowling: Gilbert 11-5-19-8; Schwandt 4-0-21-0; Tumilty 6.2-0-30-2.

Division Three

Pinchbeck (131-6) lost to Timberlands (132-8) by 2 wickets

WITH victory seemingly at their mercy, Pinchbeck were left scratching their heads in disbelief at the end of this match.

A brilliant spell of bowling from Harry Waine had the hosts firmly in the driving seat before a devastating 52 from Timberlands’ number ten Jack Wright dramatically stole the points for his side at Spalding Grammar School.

Put into bat by the visitors, Pinchbeck made steady progress with a solid opening stand from Danny Jackson (30) and Gary Neumann (16) frustrating the bowling attack. Despite a double breakthrough, Jackson and Rob Sexton looked to be giving the innings a timely push with a swift stand of 26 before both fell in successive overs.

The middle order got some bat on ball, but they struggled to pierce the field and the innings closed on 131-6.

Pinchbeck got firmly on top of their opponents in the field thanks to a near faultless spell from Waine, who blew the top order away with 5-24 from his 12 overs. With the ever reliable Andrew Beeston chipping away from the other end, Timberlands were firmly on the ropes at 29-6.

Rich Tonge (15) and Alex Moor (27) recovered things with a stand of 37 until the latter was caught and bowled by Richard Riley, before Richard Paul struck in the next over.

With 61 runs still needed Pinchbeck seemed poised for victory – but those hopes were quashed by Wright, who announced his arrival by smashing 22 off a Riley over.

With his tail firmly up, Wright hit the ball clean and hard – striking five fours and three big sixes to complete a swashbuckling 50 and seal a two-wicket victory, condemning Pinchbeck to the foot of the table.