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A fine all-round performance from Mitch Freeman helped Spalding stun high-flying Grantham in Saturday's Lincolnshire Premier League clash.

Freeman top-scored with 72 and then took 3-36 from 10 overs as Spalding secured a 59-run win against their third-placed visitors.

For a side tipped by many - including themselves - to be heavily involved in a relegation battle, Spalding have now won four of their 10 league games this term and approach the midway mark of the campaign this weekend in ninth place in the 12-team division.

Mitch Freeman (57564799)
Mitch Freeman (57564799)

They hold a near 40-point advantage over the bottom two sides after Saturday's success which sentenced Grantham to just their third defeat of the season.

Chris Dring had put his side into bat after winning the toss and Freeman and Jon Manton produced a superb opening partnership.

They put on 141 runs for the first wicket until Freeman was stumped by Joe Kendall off the bowling of Dhruv Shahi for 72.

Jon Manton (57564823)
Jon Manton (57564823)

Manton and Josh Lawrence added a further 20 runs before the opener was trapped leg before by Zia-Ur- Rehman for 65.

Lawrence (31) and Joe Broomfield (20) took Spalding closer to the 200-run mark before Muhammad Kaleem produced a strong spell for Grantham.

Kaleem finished with 3-40 from 10 overs as Spalding slipped from 208-4 to 217-8 before skipper Dring and Waqas Malik rallied for the ninth wicket.

Mitch Freeman (57564815)
Mitch Freeman (57564815)

They put on a vital 32 runs with Dring making 31 and Malik unbeaten on eight at the close of the Spalding innings on 249-9.

Brandon Andrews made an early breakthrough in the Grantham reply when he had Kendall caught behind by Ethan Lawrence second ball.

Usman Minhas made a quick-fire 15 before being trapped leg before to become Andrews' second scalp of the day.

Jon Manton (57564831)
Jon Manton (57564831)

Josh Lawrence then accounted for both Zia-Ur- Rehman and Shahi within 11 deliveries to leave Grantham reeling on 26-4.

An 85-run stand for the fifth wicket between opener Aqib Afzaal and Harry Green brought Grantham back into the contest.

However, Freeman had Green caught by Jon Manton for 19 and then bowled Kaleem for seven while Harry DeCamps claimed the wicket of Zain Abbas for nine, courtesy of a Broomfield catch, to put Spalding in control.

Mitch Freeman (57564807)
Mitch Freeman (57564807)

Bilal Hussain then joined Afzaal and the pair both reached their half-centuries until the latter was dismissed by Freeman for 57.

Andrews then returned to the home attack to claim the final two wickets of Hussain for 59 and Glenton Williams for one to finish with an excellent 4-30 off 8.1 overs as the win was secured in the 47th over.

Spalding now travel to face a Scunthorpe side on Saturday who ended Bourne's 100 per cent start to the season at the weekend.



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