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Round-up of the South Lincs and Border League matches for Spalding Town Cricket Club




A middle batting collapse sent Spalding spinning to defeat in their first home match of the South Lincs and Border League campaign on Saturday.

They tumbled to an 85-run reversal in the Premier Division clash at Moulton Seas End as visiting Sleaford 2nds skittled out their hosts for 110.

Sleaford - who had won their opening match of the season last weekend - had been put into bat after Spalding won the toss.

Spalding were defeated by Sleaford 2nds in the South Lincs and Border League. Photo: Chris Lowndes (46544183)
Spalding were defeated by Sleaford 2nds in the South Lincs and Border League. Photo: Chris Lowndes (46544183)

And Chris Dring's side produced a decent effort to keep the visitors in check as they finished their 45 overs on 195-8.

Three of their top five - Dan Hutson (39), Kieran Harbron (28) and Ben Lambert (21) - made solid contributions before number 10 batsman Giles Goddard hit an unbeaten 22.

Nilantha Atapattu was the pick of the Spalding bowlers after returning 4-29 from a 12-over spell that accounted for Sleaford's top scorers.

Brandon Andrews (1-42), Will Naylor (1-44), Harry DeCamps (1-44) and Josh Lawrence (1-17) were also among the wickets for Spalding.

Spalding had successfully chased down a 184-run target in last weekend's win over Grantham and again made a promising start.

The opening partnership saw Jon Manton make 32 and skipper Dring struck 29, but after their departures the next five batsmen failed to get into double figures as Sam Burrows, Max Lorimor and Goddard tormented the home batsmen.

Spalding were defeated by Sleaford 2nds in the South Lincs and Border League. Photo: Chris Lowndes (46544185)
Spalding were defeated by Sleaford 2nds in the South Lincs and Border League. Photo: Chris Lowndes (46544185)

Andrews made 11 while De Camps - batting at number 10 - offered some superb late resistance by making 23 not out.

However, Lorimor's 4-17 from seven overs and Goddard's 3-28 off 10 proved pivotal after Burrows' tight opening spell of 2-13 from nine which helped secure a 19-point haul for Sleaford.

Spalding will now turn their attentions to a derby duel this weekend when they make the short trip to Paradise Field to face an unbeaten Long Sutton side.

Spalding 2nds were on the receiving end of an awesome batting display in their heavy 277-run reversal at Newborough.

Home opener David Cooper cracked 25 fours and nine sixes in a sensational innings of 207 as Newborough blasted 343-1 from 45 overs.

Tom De Camps eventually accounted for the Newborough batsmen as fellow opener Andrew Rowland carried his bat for an unbeaten 102.

Spalding were defeated by Sleaford 2nds in the South Lincs and Border League. Photo: Chris Lowndes (46544195)
Spalding were defeated by Sleaford 2nds in the South Lincs and Border League. Photo: Chris Lowndes (46544195)

Matthew and Joe Mills then collected three wickets apiece as Spalding were shot out for 66 with Carl Andrews (15) and Mohammad Alam (11) their top scorers.

An excellent bowling display helped Spalding 3rds to a five-wicket win at Heckington 2nds in their Division Two opener on Sunday.

They dismissed the home side for 70 with all the wickets being shared out among the Spalding attack.

Theo Gompertz led the wicket-taking spree with 3-14 from six overs while James Laud landed 2-15 off a similar stint and Eddie Seymour snared 2-12 from seven.

Barnaby Dring then completed a fine afternoon in the field for Spalding with the final Heckington wicket to finish with a 1-3 off 4.1 overs.

Opener Andrew Sorrell struck 20 to lead the Spalding reply and, despite losing five wickets, Michael Morris hit an unbeaten 25 to guide them home.



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