Lincolnshire ECB premier League – Round up and Results June 22nd
Last year’s top two clubs fought out the tightest finish of the day in the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League, Bracebridge Heath beating Grantham by just 11 runs in the final over the match.
This puts Bracebridge on level pegging at the top of the table with Sleaford, who lost their first match this season to Woodhall Spa, thanks to a superb innings from Oliver Caswell which saw the youngster, who opens for Woodhall, score 63 and carry his bat.
The top four are now neck and neck with Bracebridge and Sleaford on 131 points and Grantham and Woodhall both on 127.
Brett Houston hit 63 for Bracebridge and put on 109 for the second wicket with Vikram Atri (48) and steady batting from the middle order saw the total reach 226 for nine.
Grantham were reduced to 30 for two but Ross Carnelley (48) and Dan Freeman added 64 and from 94 for four, Freeman and James Dobson shared a stand of 85. The score had reached 201 for six when Freeman was run out for 73 and with three overs to go Grantham needed 23 to win with three wickets standing.
But it was Houston who came on to bowl the final over and with Grantham on 214 for eight he took a wicket with his first ball and the second brought a run out to end the Grantham innings on 215.
Ross Dixon took five wickets at Woodhall Spa as Sleaford were all out for 173, Andy Hibberd top scoring with 48. But Woodhall’s batsmen struggled to put a stand together until, at 62 for six – of which Scott Tite took four - Dixon joined Caswell to add 90. When Dixon was out, Caswell lost one more partner before taking his side to a two wicket win.
Lindum got off to a good start at Boston with an opening stand of 67 but then found themselves 103 for four. Ben Rolfs and Grant Watkins took the score to 145 but the next four wickets fell for 13 runs.
This brought 16-year-old Zac Shelbourne out to join Joe Peatman in what proved to be a valuable unbeaten partnership of 21 as the Lindum innings ended on 179 for eight, Scott Elleray with five wickets and Jonny Cheer standing in behind the stumps to make five dismissals.
Boston got off to a poor start, losing two wickets for only two runs and though the innings recovered, at 102 for eight, victory for Lindum was in sight. But skipper Tom Baxter and veteran Paul Deans had other ideas and their partnership took the score to 128 before Deans was out.
Tim Bell then joined Baxter and once again the pair defied the bowlers until on 151 Baxter became Rob Cook’s third victim, caught for 54 and Lindum claimed their victory.
Scunthorpe Town travelled to Market Deeping where, after a steady start, a middle order collapse saw their innings end on 159 for nine of which opener Scott Nicolson hit 69.
Deeping’s innings got off to a solid start thanks to Josh Smith and Kieran Judd and with only four wickets down, the home side reached their target, Sam Malton and David Sargeant seeing them home.
Alford had a disastrous day at home to Bourne who made the day’s highest team total of 272, then followed this up by bowling the home team out for 27.
Bracebridge Heath 226-9 (Houston 63), Grantham 215 (Freeman 76);
Sleaford 173 (Dixon 5-40), Woodhall Spa 174-8 (Caswell 63no, Dixon 62),
Lindum 179-8 (Elleray 5-49), Boston 151 (Baxter 54);
Bourne 272-8, Alford 27;
Scunthorpe Town 159-9 (Nicolson 69no), Market Deeping 162-4;
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