CRICKET: Spalding 2nd gain win with three balls remaining

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Spalding 2nd continued their good form with a tight victory over Stamford 2nd.

After winning the toss, captain Steve Norris opted to bowl first on a very green wicket.

That decision paid off as opening bowlers Tom Dale (6-26) and Jamie Juckes (0-36) bowled very tightly, restricting Stamford to 21-3 from 14 overs.

But Stamford’s middle order started to form partnerships and the score was pushing on.

Despite some good bowling and excellent fielding all round Stamford kept scoring, although when the final wicket fell in the last over they had set what seemed to be a below par total of 123.

Jon Morley batted very well for his 37.

In reply Spalding started steadily, taking on anything short or wide. The bowlers soon got into a rhythm though and the runs dried up.

Just like in the Stamford innings wickets fell steadily. This and some comical running soon put all the pressure back on Spalding.

A solid partnership from Juckes (31) and Joe Broomfield (10) relieved some of the pressure but when they both fell Spalding were back in trouble.

Solid knocks from Norris (15), Dave Endersbee (11no), Jim Clarke (5) And Paul Holmes (4no) got Spalding over the line though with one wicket remaining and three balls to spare.

nSpalding 2nd entertain Heckington this weekend as they target second place in the league.