Students shine for Spalding
A young Spalding team fought valiantly against home side Ketton Sports in Division Three.
Spalding elected to bat after winning the toss and 14-year-old Ollie Dring scored a magnificent 93 before falling LBW when his century was in sight.
But no-one else could get to grips with the home team’s bowling.
Fellow opener, 13-year-old James Laud, got an encouraging 19, captain Harry DeCamps 14 and Jay White and Chris Dring 11 each as Spalding completed their 40 overs at 173-7.
Ketton were in no mood to hang about and achieved the winning total off 25.2 overs and with eight wickets still intact, 12-year-old George Morris and 14-year-old Harry Birch taking the wickets.
There was another great win for Long Sutton, away at Castor, making it three wins out of three in Division Three this season.
Bowling first, Sutton dismissed the hosts for 141. There were two wickets each for Charlie Crisp, Emmy Gittins and Josh Baker, and one each for Steven Milnes and Joe Whittaker, with two run outs.
The even spread of wicketsonce again showcased the ability of Sutton’s depth in bowling
Sutton then chased down the runs comfortably with 10 overs to spare, losing six wickets in the process.
Angus Bell top scored with 42, Rajan Sanga made 24 and Dan Oldfield amassed 20.
Market Deeping went down to a narrow defeat at Burghley Park in Division One on Sunday, losing by five wickets with just an over remaining. After deciding to bat, Deeping scored a respectable 240-8 from their allotted 40 overs.
Pick of the batsmen was Joe Malton with 64, with opener Josh Smith scoring 40, wicket keeper Sam Malton making 37, Connor Gillett 33, David Gillett 17 and captain Kieran Judd 13.
In reply, Jacob Howe (3-33 from eight overs) clearly had the bit between his teeth and dismissed the first three home batsmen cheaply.
However, a big middle order stand put the match back in Park’s favour and, despite wickets for Smith and James Hook, the winning runs were hit with an over remaining.
In Division Two, Bourne were heavily beaten at home to Werrington.
The visitors won the toss and backed up their decision to bat by amassing a huge 346-9 off their 40 overs, which included 69 extras.
Bourne’s batsmen would have had to be in incredible form to get anywhere near the victory target and, as it was, they fell to a 150-run defeat.
Henry Bewster (54) and wicket keeper David Greenfield (47) top scored, with captain Sam Evison (30) and Rowan Good the others to get into double figures as Bourne finished 196-8 from 40 overs.
In Division 4 east, Moulton Harrox conceded the match to Market Deeping 2nds.