JUNIOR CRICKET: Play it again, Sam! Ace Young is Spalding hero

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Sam Young played the innings of his life as Spalding Town under-15s earned an impressive county cup win over local rivals Bourne.

Having lost the toss, Town were made to bat first at Edenham – but it certainly didn’t hamper their progress.

Openers Ryan Plant (20) and captain Will Holmes (33) put on 40 for the first wicket before the former was caught behind.

That brought Young to the crease and he set about smashing 54 from 27 balls. That included five fours and three sixes, as he was forced to retire having passed his half-century – which was brought up with a maximum.

Josh Lawrence (2-7) and the ever - reliable Joe Lyon (3-8) soon had Bourne in trouble at 17-6. The hosts rallied, but were out for 77 when Corey Lewis (2-7) finished them off.

Town skipper Holmes said: “It was an excellent all round team effort, with Sam playing the innings off his life – ably backed up by all the bowlers who all contributed with wickets.”

Spalding host Boston in the next round.

• Sizzling Spalding Town under-11s romped to an impressive 96-run league success at Billingborough to stay top of the table.

Batting first, Reif Clarke (11) and Jack Sawyer (22) led the way for the Town lads with the team only losing one wicket in their 16 over total of 213.

In reply, Sawyer led the way with brilliant figures of 4-3, with the other wicket takers being Tom Hull (2-7) and Clarke (2-18) to see the under-11s top after four games .

• Spalding under-9s are also top of their table after a 33-run home win over Ketton. Peter Cook (31), Freddie Auston (13) and Joe Maltby (14) starred as Spalding made 191-3 off their 16 overs.

Pick of the Town bowlers was Kavin Babu (3-10), while Olly Bellamy (2-9) also performed well.

• Spalding under-13s saw off rivals Long Sutton by two wickets in a recent cup clash.

Will Barnes top scored with an unbeaten 21 as Sutton made 77-5, before Town captain Senior (21) and Gostic (15) shone with the bat in their run chase.