INDOOR CRICKET: Colonials ignite title tilt

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Colonials (60) beat Spalding CC (19) by 41 runs: COLONIALS dished out a real thrashing to the Spalding Indoor Cricket League leaders – who hadn’t lost before this demolition.

A win would have moved Spalding CC six points clear at the summit, but now Colonials are two points off the pace with a game in hand.

Spalding won the toss and asked Colonials to bat. It proved a bad call, as Colonials openers Matt Hendry (11) and Jamie Juckes (15) put their team in a commanding position with a score of 26 after five overs.

Spalding’s attack had no answer to the Colonials as they picked off every single on the way to a big score of 60 runs. Durc Wright (14) and Ansar Hussain (10) also chipped in, while Andy Casswell (-3) was the pick of the bowling attack.

In reply, Town struggled to score against the Colonial bowlers who gave nothing away.

With pressure building, wickets continually fell - and with 59 runs needed from five overs a Spalding win looked unlikely. Top scorer Lee Eyett (18) did his best, but his side fell way short with 19 runs.

Juckes took the bowling honours with nine points.

Long Sutton Sacks (51) beat Moulton Harrox CC (0) by 51 runs: TIM Norris’ fine 27 helped fire Sacks back into winning form in impressive style.

Sutton won the toss and elected to field - and it proved an inspired choice as Moulton lost two wickets in as many overs.

Harrox recovered slightly to get back into positive figures after five overs, but Sutton’s dominance continued. Despite the best efforts of the Moulton batsmen, they were restricted to a disappointing score of zero from 15 overs.

From then on the result never looked in doubt, as the Sacks openers got off to a flyer, cruising with more than 20 runs after their five overs.

Tight bowling from Moulton restricted the second pair, but aggressive batting from Norris took Sutton to a comprehensive win of 51-run win. Jack Cusack (-1) was Moulton’s best bowler.

•The Spalding Indoor League now takes a Christmas break.

When the fixtures resume in January, Played and Missed will take on in-form Colonials and Spalding Grammar meet Long Sutton Sacks.