Young guns start well

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Spalding Cricket Club’s under-nine team have made an encouraging start to their first-ever Border Youth Cricket League campaign.

They went down by just 27 runs in their opener at North Luffenham, but there were notable performances from Jasper Ansell (2-0 off his 2 overs) and Peter Cook, who top scored with 12 runs.

Spalding, who are coached by Leigh Auston and Andrew Cook, then hosted Stamford and enjoyed their first win by an impressive 70 runs. Top scorers with the bat were Oliver Dring ( 13), Ansell (14) and Cook (26). Best bowler was Kavin Babu, who took 2-5 in his 2 overs.

l Town’s under-11s hosted Peterborough Town recently and fell 41 runs short of victory. Spalding looked sharp – thanks largely to Malc Mumby’s hard-work with the youngsters over the winter.

l Spalding’s under-13 ‘Sharks’ travelled to Bourne and saw the hosts amass 132-7 in their 20 overs.

Pick of the home batsman was Joe Evison, who was retired on 31, while Joe Stevens picked up his first five-wicket haul with 5-21 – backed up well by Matt Wiltshire (2-9).

Town fell slightly short with the lads making 94 all out in their 20 overs, Paddy Harrington (18) and Jonny Manton (12) top scoring.

l Spalding’s under-13 ‘Spitfires’ bowled out local rivals Moulton for just 67 in their latest match.

Harry Decamps with 4-10 and Jonny Manton (3-4) starred with the ball .

In reply Town chased down the target with eight wickets in hand, with Jordan Butcher hitting 32 retired to seal a good victory in the ninth over.

The Spitfires are reaping the rewards of winter coaching from Rob Manton, Heath Ripley and Chris Dring.