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Spalding Town Cricket Club are back in action ahead of the new South Lincs & Border League season




Spalding Town have started their preparations for the new South Lincs and Border League campaign which gets underway next month.

Town - whose first team will start their league campaign with an away match at Freiston on Saturday, August 1 - held an inter-club friendly at their temporary home of Moulton Seas End last Thursday before taking on near neighbours Baston on Saturday.

They ran out five wicket winners after dismissing their hosts for 117 following Baston's decision to bat first.

Spalding Town held an inter-club match in preparation for the new season. Photo: Chris Lowndes (38887300)
Spalding Town held an inter-club match in preparation for the new season. Photo: Chris Lowndes (38887300)

Town enjoyed some early success as Will Naylor and Neo Timothy both picked up wickets to leave Baston on 27-2.

Jules McAlpine (34) and Liam Davies (17) then put on Baston's best partnership of the day by adding 29 runs for the third wicket before the latter's dismissal.

Jay White, Kavin Babu and Mohammed Alam then collected a successive of wickets to leave Baston struggling on 91-7.

Ben Ashwell (18) and Rowan Good (7) briefly stemmed the Spalding attack with a 24-run stand for the eighth wicket.

However, Alam collected his second wicket to finish with 2-11 from four overs while James Laud struck to bowl Ashwell.

Naylor then wrapped up the Baston innings by bowling William Conlan to finish with 2-8 from 5.2 overs as the hosts were dismissed for 117.

Spalding Town held an inter-club match in preparation for the new season. Photo: Chris Lowndes (38887483)
Spalding Town held an inter-club match in preparation for the new season. Photo: Chris Lowndes (38887483)

Spalding openers Ollie Dring and Ethan Lawrence got the reply off to a steady start by putting on 22 for the first wicket until the latter was trapped leg before by Andy Keen.

Dring though remained in fine form and, despite a couple of cheap wickets tumbling around him, masterminded the Town innings.

The opener was unable on 53 at the close as Town cruised home with more than six overs to spare.

He was given good support by White (15) and Chris Dring who was unbeaten on 21 at the close after smashing four fours in his brief innings.

Loanee Rowan Good was the pick of the Baston bowlers with 2-26 from his eight over stint.

Spalding were back in action again 24 hours later when they travelled to Market Deeping to face a home side who ran out winners by 29 runs.

Spalding Town held an inter-club match in preparation for the new season. Photo: Chris Lowndes (38887369)
Spalding Town held an inter-club match in preparation for the new season. Photo: Chris Lowndes (38887369)

Joe Malton was the star of the show for Deeping as he made 111 in the home side's 209-8 from 40 overs after they batted first.

Sam Malton also made 39 while Brandon Andrews (3-59 off 10 overs) and Will Naylor (4-33 off eight overs) took the wickets for Town.

Spalding reply's got off to an excellent start through the opening efforts of Chris Dring (70) and Ollie Dring (22).

However, two wickets apiece for James Hook, Karl Green and Josh Smith helped restrict Spalding to 180-8 in their reply.

Spalding and Baston are due to meet again on Thursday night in a Twenty20 clash at Moulton Sea Ends.

Town then start their Rutland League campaign on Sunday with a clash against Castor & Ailsworth in Division Three.

The South Lincs campaign begins the following weekend with the first team team away at Freiston, the seconds making the short trip to Moulton Harrox while the thirds will entertain Skegness.


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