CRICKET: Super Sam sets up maiden win

Top effort: Sam Smith
Top effort: Sam Smith
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Baston (172-9) lost to Pinchbeck (173-7) by three wickets: SAM Smith’s stunning 90 helped Pinchbeck secure their first South Lincs and Border League Division Three win of the season.

After suffering four defeats in a row, James Cole’s side chased down a tough Baston target to clinch a nail-biting victory in the final over at The Shrine on Saturday.

Cole won the toss and asked the hosts to bat – which proved a wise decision as James Langford (2-30) removed Jono Howard for a duck.

Sanj Tott (3-34) then added three more wickets as Baston were reduced to 46-4.

However, opener Ant Morris (74no) refused to budge and played a solid knock with some particularly good shots off the front foot and, in partnership with Liam Davies (34), turned the innings around for Baston.

Pinchbeck were left to rue two dropped catches as the pair added 80 runs, as Baston ended up on a competitive 172-9.

Pinchbeck’s reply didn’t start well with Cole trapped LBW without scoring, but from there Smith dominated proceedings with some outstanding strokeplay.

A second wicket stand of 56 with Richard Riley had Pinchbeck in a comfortable position before Riley went to a sharp caught and bowled.

As Smith cruised passed 50 with his tenth boundary, a further 35 runs were added with Jaz Tott (17) before Baston hit back and grabbed three wickets for four runs with Lamin (3-41) the chief destroyer.

When Smith eventually went ten short of his ton, Pinchbeck still required 35 from nine overs.

But Andrew Beeston (30no) and Sanj Tott (4no) kept their cool to secure the win with two balls remaining.

Moulton Harrox Sunday (176) beat Timberlands (138) by 38 runs

A BRILLIANT bowling performancee of 6-36 from Curtis Todd helped Moulton to a 38-run win at Timberlands.

Batting first, an opening stand of 76 between Jack Cusack (61) and Joe Broomfield (43) ensured Moulton got off to a good start.

However, two wickets in as many balls from Zrar Masqood halted Harrox as Broomfield and Chris Beale both departed with their stumps broken.

Harry Barnett added 38 as wickets fell around him – no other batsmen made it into double figures as J Wright (3-21) and Alex King (2-25) did the damage and restricted the visitors to 176.

Harrox bounced back with Todd taking over the proceedings with the ball as he devastated the top order batting with Richard Tongue, Masood and Sam Freeman all going cheaply.

Resistance followed though in a knock of 50 by Paul Durward and 30 from Wright as Timberlands rebuilt.

However, Todd bowled Durward and the economical Max Cusack (2-11) trapped Wright LBW to put Moulton firmly in the driving seat.

Lee Hare (7) was Todd’s final wicket before Harry Barnett polished off the innings with his first ball, bowling captain Adam Gilbert for one.

Blankney (127) lost to Spalding 3rd (131-5) by five wickets

TABLE-TOPPING Town produced an excellent team performance to beat Blankney.

Their opening bowlers made early inroads into the Blankney batting, but Cameron Donald (27), Lee Williams (21) and Dave Pearse (25) provided good resistance.

All the bowlers chipped in successfully, but Spalding finally struck a decisive blow when Pearse fell to a good catch. This was followed by a swift collapse, with Chris Green (4-19) claiming excellent figures for the second match in a row.

Spalding’s reply got off to a good start with Tom Bristow (22) and Ash Rex (26) putting on an aggressive opening stand.

After a brief wobble when three wickets fell quickly – largely thanks to persistent bowling from Mark Evans (2-40) and Ian Holvey (1-23) – Chris Crane and top scorer Kevin Nottingham (37) made sure of the victory with 20 overs to spare.

Division One

Spalding (172-8) beat Bourne 2nd (156-9) by 16 runs

TOWN grabbed a crucial win against Bourne in a topsy turvy tussle.

Good bowling and fielding proved vital for Spalding, while Ansar Hussain’s brilliant 89 not out was ultimately the difference.

Town were put into bat first and were in trouble at 89-4 after losing Mike Kearns Snr (1), Matt Hendry (19), Simon Juckes (14) and Mike Kearns Jnr (15) cheaply.

But Hussain had other ideas as he constructed a quite brilliant innings of patience and eventually big hitting to push town on to a respectable 172-8. Matt Pottle (5-29) was the pick of the Bourne attack.

Bourne made a steady start to their reply with Jamie Juckes and Kearns Jnr bowling well with no reward.

Opener Mark Richardson (49) batted well, but the introduction of trio Hussain (4-36), Jack Barratt (3-34) and Luke Witworth (2-18) they took regular wickets to see the game out.

Division Two

Spalding 2nd (258-9) beat Heckington (112) by 146 runs

SPALDING recorded a well deserved win with a demolition job of Heckington at the Memorial Field.

Batting first, Tom Dale was the early aggressor for Town, making 23 before falling to to Joe Braithwate (5-57).

Mick East followed but this brought together Jon East (88) and Lee Eyett, who hit his way to a scintillating 71, including 14 fours as the Spalding batsmen gave the bowlers the run around in the middle overs.

After Eyett’s dismissal courtesy of Damon Tunnicliffe, Spalding piled on more runs with Alex Lyon falling just three runs short of his half century.

Braithwate also had Jon East caught behind by keeper Chris Morley as good bowling from him and Nathan Garfoot in the final overs restricted Spalding to a still ample 258-9.

Carl Lamming gave Spalding the perfect start in the field with the wicket of opener Ian Glendinning for only 3.

This was followed up with the dismissal of Dom Kew (0), who was bowled leaving one as Heckington looked in trouble chasing a big target.

Braithwate (2) was the next batsmen to fall, Mick East taking a good catch down low off the bowling of Chris Page (1-13).

Opener Chris Morley offered some resistance with 31 before he was bowled by spinner Eyett (1-29) and with Lyon taking the wickets of Tunnicliffe (17) and the aggressive Garfoot – caught brilliantly in the deep by Lamming – Heckington were up against it.

Jack Beavis (2-10) then claimed the wickets of Tom Ward (23) and John Ingham (0) in consecutive balls before Lamming (3-32) came back to bowl Dan Turner (1) and finish off the innings.