CRICKET: Skipper salutes Spalding after battling draw

TOP KNOCK: Ansar Hussain
TOP KNOCK: Ansar Hussain
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Bourne (298-6) drew with Spalding Town (225-8): Skipper Rob Ambrose declared himself happy as spirited Spalding collected an invaluable ten points in their quest for Lincs ECB Premier League survival on Saturday.

Having won the toss for only the second time this season, Town elected to bowl at the Abbey Lawn – but hosts Bourne made hay in what proved a run-fest.

Skipper Peter Morgan and Robert Bentley put on 141 for the first wicket before new Spalding signing Nabeel Bhayla had the latter caught and bowled for 43.

The explosive Conrad Louth (87) and Morgan (130) batted incredibly and quickly scored runs, adding an additional 102 runs between them.

Jack Barratt (2-53) and Warren Nel (3-84) both bowled well and took a flurry of late wickets, but Bourne reached an impressive 298-6 off their 50 overs.

In reply, Spalding struggled with Colin Cheer and Darren Cousins taking early wickets. Rusty resistance came from Nel (65) and Tim Norris (37), who punished some tripe bowling during the middle overs.

Town then lost a couple of quick wickets but saviours Ansar Hussain (36) and Jack Barratt (25 not out) got Spalding up to 225-8 to secure a losing draw.

Spalding man-of-the-match Nel said: “I was ladling the ball around really well, but unfortunately I tried to scoop a ball over the keeper’s head that wasn’t quite there for the shot.”

Skipper Ambrose added: “I am very happy with ten points from this game. It was a great display of team spirit once again from the lads.”

Town visit high-flying Market Deeping on Saturday (12.30pm).