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Spalding Town Cricket Club are beaten by Skegness in their opening match of the South Lincs and Border League season

Spalding suffered an eight-wicket defeat in their opening match of the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division season on Saturday.

They were dismissed for 148 after being put into bat by hosts Skegness who reached the required target inside 34 overs.

Spalding openers Jon Manton and Ollie Dring had got their campaign off to a steady start by putting on 31 runs for the first wicket.

Batsman Zeeshan Manzoor has joined Market Deeping. (46067192)
Batsman Zeeshan Manzoor has joined Market Deeping. (46067192)

However, the introduction of Jack Harrison into the Skegness attack brought an end to the opening partnership when he had Ollie Dring caught by Norman Brackley for 14.

Skipper Chris Dring was then trapped leg before by Andrew Sylvester with Harrison having Manton caught by Jamie Epton for 23 to leave Spalding reeling on 42-3.

Ethan Lawrence lasted just seven balls before Sylvester claimed his second leg before victim which brought Ben Smith to the crease to join Nilantha Atapattu.

They set about restoring the Spalding innings with a superb 74-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

Smith struck four fours and smashed one six in his 37 while Atapattu blasted four boundaries to top score with 42 before both fell to the bowling of Norman Brackley.

Brackley then accounted for Matt Gill shortly after as Spalding's promising revival was halted as they slipped to 139-7.

Warren Nel claimed the quick-fire wickets of Brandon Andrews and Will Naylor while Brackley sealed his four-wicket haul by trapping Harry De Camps leg before.

Josh Lawrence remained unbeaten at the other end on 15 not out as Spalding were eventually bowled out for 148.

Brackley bagged 4-33 for the hosts from 10 overs while Sylvester, Harrison and Nel all took two wickets apiece.

Nel and fellow Skegness opener Reece Brant then assured the seasiders asserted their authority on proceedings with a century opening partnership in reply.

Nel retired unbeaten on 54 while Brant fell seven runs short of his half-century when he was caught by Gill off Naylor's bowling.

De Camps did dismiss Carl Abbiss cheaply, courtesy of an Ollie Dring catch, but Epton and Brackley added an unbroken 38-run partnership for the third wicket to steer Skegness home.

Spalding are on their travels again this weekend when they visit Grantham 2nds on Saturday.

The second team begin their Division One campaign this weekend with a trip to Billingborough while the Premier Division season gets in full swung with a double bill of derby action.

Bourne and Market Deeping meet in a second team clash at the Abbey Lawn while Moulton Harrox host Long Sutton at Broad Lane in their first league match of the season.

The Lincolnshire Premier League campaign gets underway on Saturday, April 24, with Market Deeping hosting Bourne in an opening day derby duel.

Deeping have boosted their ranks ahead of the new campaign by signing prolific batsman Zeeshan Manzoor while Mehul Adatia has also agreed to return to Outgang Road.

The club had their first outing of the season on Saturday as Deeping defeated Long Sutton by 120 runs in a friendly.

Josh Smith smacked an unbeaten century for Deeping while Connor Gillett was undefeated on 50 as Deeping posted 270-5.

Karl Green then took four wickets as Sutton were restricted to 150-9 in their reply.

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