CRICKET: Improved Town still beaten

Gone: This shot saw Pinchbeck's Danny Jackson caught by Spalding 3rd's Ashley Rex off the bowling of Jake Mason. Photo by TIM WILSON
Gone: This shot saw Pinchbeck's Danny Jackson caught by Spalding 3rd's Ashley Rex off the bowling of Jake Mason. Photo by TIM WILSON
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Spalding (170-7) lost to Lincoln Lindum 2nd (173-4) by six wickets: TOWN suffered a second successive South Lincs and Border League Division One defeat – but this was a much better performance than the previous week.

Chasing a place in the top three, Spalding have struggled with player availability in the opening few games of the season.

They travel to Woodhall Spa this Saturday (1pm) in a bid to avoid an unwanted hat-trick.

Batting first, Tom Dale and Matt Hendry started well, putting on 32 before the former fell for 15.

After that wickets began to fall with Hendry (25) and Rob Ambrose (10) dismissed cheaply. But the Juckes brothers Simon and Jamie took the score past 100, before Jamie was bowled for 23.

Andy White then made a useful 34 not out, as he and captain Simon Juckes (40) helped Town post a competitive 170-7.

Spalding made an early breakthrough with the ball, as Mike Kearns bowled W Wright for six to get his first wicket for the club.

This gave Spalding great belief, with Jamie Juckes beating the bat on numerous occasions without any luck at all.

It was Chris Page who took the next wicket with score on 58, but it wasn’t until Lincoln were on 139 that Spalding struck again thanks to Ambrose’s double strike.

But it was too little, too late as Lindum wrapped up their win won just before the heavens opened.

Division Three

Pinchbeck (105) lost to Spalding 3 (109-6) by four wickets.

SPALDING shrugged off a collapse to hand rivals Pinchbeck a defeat in their first game back in SLBL on Saturday.

Town won the toss and chose to field, quickly reducing Pinchbeck to 17-3 thanks to some accurate bowling from Chris Green (1-26) and Jake Morton (2-11).

Opener Richard Riley (34) offered stiff resistance, but wickets continued to fall regularly around him.

He eventually fell to Heath Ripley (4-38), while Richard Dale (3-9) helped dismiss the home side for just 105. Spalding fielded very well throughout, taking three difficult catches.

Spalding’s reply got off to a steady start, with Ben Westlake (22), Jamie Paul (22) and Ashley Rex (24no) impressive at the top of the order.

But they did collapse from 60-1 to to 74-5, with Andrew Beeston (2-17) and Tom Walthem (1-9) particularly impressive.

However, Rex kept calm and steered Spalding home with four overs to spare.

Friendly fixture

Oasby 1st (149-9) beat Spalding 4th (139-6) by ten runs.

BEN Westlake was happy with his Spalding Social side despite this narrow loss on the opening day of the season.

There were positives with both bat and ball in the ten-run defeat, with 13-year-old Matt Sharpe taking figures of 3-23 and veteran Jimmy Clarke hitting a cracking 71 not out.

Teenager Sharpe opened the bowling from the Clubhouse end and immediately got the breakthrough by removing Guiness (0) with a fine caught and bowled off his second ball.

He then followed it up with the dismissal of Hyland (4) to leave Oasby at 5-2.

Oasby rebuilt to 29-2, before the introduction of Carl Lamming (3-15) immediatly reaped success with a devestating inswinging yorker removing Gaunt (14).

Oasby then continued their repair work before Lamming struck twice in as many balls.

Wickets continued to fall before Chandler (34) was joined by Eyett (36) to take the score to a very respectable 149-9 at the end of their 40 overs.

In reply, Town started slowly with James Lowson (0) falling first ball and Dave Endersbee (2) being dismissed to a tiny edge off a fine ball that swung very late from Chandler.

They were soon followed back to the pavillion by Lewis Martin (5) to leave Town toiling on 17-3.

Good batting from Adam Lyon (30) and Richard Gilbert (18) saw off the opening bowlers though.

On 56-4 with 14 overs to go Town were always up against it, and despite powerful hitting and good running from Lamming and Clarke, they fell just short.

Westlake said: “Well done to young Matt who was really impressive in his first senior game and Carl who transferred last season’s late form to the start of the season.

“It was also nice to see Adam and Gilly bat so well at the start despite some fine bowling from the opposition. They built a solid platform for us to attack from.”