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Spalding Cricket Club beat Nettleham in the Lincolnshire Premier League



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Spalding secured their third win of the Lincolnshire Premier League campaign after a 14-run success against Nettleham on Saturday.

The victory sees Spalding in eighth spot in the 12-team table following their promotion to the county's top flight.

They had been put into bat after Nettleham won the toss on Saturday but made a bright start to their innings.

Mitch Freeman. Photo: Chris Lowndes (57261028)
Mitch Freeman. Photo: Chris Lowndes (57261028)

Openers Jon Manton (22) and Mitch Freeman (44) put on 65 runs for the first wicket until Harry Thornton made the first breakthrough.

Spalding were then unable to build on the promising start as only a further three players - Josh Lawrence (11), Nilantha Atapattu (13) and Ethan Lawrence (13) - were able to make double figures.

Thornton returned 3-32 from nine overs for the visitors while Rhett Bridgens bagged 3-21 from eight as Spalding were bowled out for 127.

Josh Laurence. Photo: Chris Lowndes (57261050)
Josh Laurence. Photo: Chris Lowndes (57261050)

Brandon Andrews made a vital early breakthrough in the Spalding reply as he and Atapattu helped reduce Nettleham to 29-5.

Andrews took 3-19 from a tremendous 10-over spell while Atapattu claimed 2-24 from a similar stint.

Thomas Lea (18) and Harry Pickett (33) then led the Nettleham recovery with a 49-run stand for the sixth wicket.

Mitch Freeman. Photo: Chris Lowndes (57261048)
Mitch Freeman. Photo: Chris Lowndes (57261048)

Freeman finally broke up the promising stand by dismissing both batsmen to put Spalding back in control with their visitors on 86-7.

Josh Laurence. Photo: Chris Lowndes (57261032)
Josh Laurence. Photo: Chris Lowndes (57261032)
Mitch Freeman. Photo: Chris Lowndes (57261034)
Mitch Freeman. Photo: Chris Lowndes (57261034)
Mitch Freeman. Photo: Chris Lowndes (57261040)
Mitch Freeman. Photo: Chris Lowndes (57261040)

However, Daniel McCardell (18) and Haydn Bromfield (nine) took Nettleham to within 16 runs of Spalding's target until Freeman caught the latter off the bowling of Harry De Camps.

Spalding then sensed victory and Nettleham's final two partnerships could only add a further two runs.

Josh Lawrence had McCardell caught by Andrews before De Camps bowled last man Rounak Sen second ball to earn another victory for Spalding who now visit Woodhall Spa on Saturday.



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