Play-Off Lincolnshire Premier League Report
The newly-introduced Lincolnshire ECB Premier League play-offs saw champions Bracebridge Heath playing fourth-placed Woodhall Spa while runners-up Grantham took on third-placed Sleaford.
Woodhall Spa went on a run spree at Cross O’ Cliff Court making 288 for six with Prasanna Jayawardene hitting 53 and Harsha Vithana 86 but it was Joe Irving who put in a man-of-the-match performance with 69 off just 40 balls in which he hit six sixes.
Irving was caught and bowled by Will Carter who finished with five wickets but Irving turned the tables in the Bracebridge innings, dismissing Carter for 28 to leave the home side 90 for four. Irving also went on to take five wickets as Bracebridge were all out for 153.
The semi-final at Grantham was a lower scoring game as Sleaford were bowled out for 161 after being 106 for eight. Adi Sreedharan at number nine scored a spirited 50 off 44 balls and with Scott Tite helped his side to their final score.
Grantham then got off to an excellent start thanks to Ross Carnelley and Jaden Fell who put on 113 for the first wicket and though three wickets then fell in quick succession, Carnelley’s unbeaten 87 saw his side to victory.
The final, which was held at Grantham, turned into something of a one-man celebration. Grantham won the toss and elected to bat and number three Mathew Dowman, who has announced he is retiring from cricket, found himself at the crease facing the second ball of the innings, Joe Irving having dismissed Carnelley with his first ball.
Dowman proceed to put together a score of 148, ably supported by Jaden Fell who made 56 in a second wicket partnership of 166 before also falling to Irving.
That was to be Woodhall’s last success as James Keast joined Dowman to take the Grantham score to 265 for two.
And Dowman wasn’t finished. Opening the bowling with Joe Peck he took two of the first three wickets to leave Woodhall 20 for three.
Despite a middle order revival that saw Irving make 41, Woodhall never recovered from these early blows and Dowman continued his celebrations with seven wickets as Woodhall were all out for 125.
Grantham received the Wilkinson Family trophy and Dowman was named Man of the Match.
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