CRICKET: Typical show edges Town towards safety

VITAL KNOCK: Josh Newton made a key 69 for Spalding Town.
VITAL KNOCK: Josh Newton made a key 69 for Spalding Town.
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Spalding Town moved 40 points clear of the Lincs ECB Premier League drop zone after earning an important losing draw at Grimsby Town on Saturday.

With just two games left to play – away at Woodhall Spa and at home to Bourne – Rob Ambrose’s side are now as good as safe in their first season in the county big time.

Hosts Grimsby won the toss and amassed a hefty 274-5 batting first, with Steven Crossley (76) leading the way.

Michael Kearns (3-85) was the pick of the Town bowlers, with Jack Barratt (1-40) and Ansar Hussain (1-34) the other wicket takers.

Spalding lost Nabeel Bhayla (5) and Kearns (5) early on in their reply, but strong middle-order knocks from Warren Nel (29), Josh Newton (69) and Charlie Kearns (55) ensured that they reached a solid 219-6 at the close.

With rivals Haxey losing heavily against Sleaford, the pressure is now off Town ahead of their final pair of matches.

Elsewhere in the top flight, Bourne eased to a 92-run victory over hosts Skegness.

Carl Wilson top-scored with 61 as the visitors made 181 after winning the toss and chosing to bat.

That proved more than enough for Peter Morgan’s men, with Darren Cousins (5-29), Jack Berry (2-28), Xanti Xipu (2-18) and Ben Stroud (1-8) all picking up wickets to skittle Skegness out for 89 in 30.3 overs.

Market Deeping, meanwhile, picked up a losing draw against Lincoln Lindum as their top four hopes faded.

Pierce Morley-Barnes cracked 117 in Lindum’s imposing 271-7 at Outgang Road, despite the best efforts of Mehul Adatia (3-71).

Skipper Dave Gillett (42), Ben Willemsen (30), Chris Jones (29) and Kamran Raza (29) all contributed well in Deeping’s reply, but they could only reach 192-9 to narrowly avoid defeat.