The first full round of league fixtures produced 5 wins out of 6 games for our senior men’s and women’s teams.
On Saturday, Tom Shorthouse’s 1st XI, sponsored by Baker Plant Hire, took on Bracebridge Heath at London Road on a cool, sunny day. After losing the toss and sent into field, Bracebridge got off to a good start with veteran Vikram Atri and young Sam Mason putting on 99 for the first wicket before the 20 over mark. With our seamers toiling on a flat pitch, Skipper Shorthouse turned to spin with slammed on the breaks.
Debutant Tom Willougby bowled nicely but it was Tom Shorthouse made the breakthrough dismissing Mason caught by Hibberd at slip. Willougby dismissed Atri LBW for a half century and them bowled Spence who left a straight ball leaving Bracebridge 107-3.
Despite some lusty blows from Alex Willerton, the Bracebridge Heath middle order never really got going losing wickets at regular intervals. Shaan Patel bowled nicely for 3-36 in partnership with Tom Willougby (2-29) and Tom Shorthouse (2-36). Cameron Hall returned to dismiss the tail returning figures of 3-26 with Bracebridge Heath posting 187 all out.
In reply, Shaan Patel and Aayush Patel got the Sheep off to a steady start with an opening partnership of 36 before Aayush found deep square off the bowling of Mansford. Shorthouse and Shaan rebuilt to put on a watchful partnership of 70 with Shaan going to another half century. However, he was dismissed soon after caught at backward point off the bowling of Franks. Shorthouse (76 not out) took the initiative and along with a circumspect Willougby (37 not out) saw Sleaford home by 8 wickets.
Dan Hutson’s 2nd XI travelled to Moulton Seas End to take on Spalding Town. After losing the toss and being asked to bat, Spalding knocked over openers Godby and C Harbron cheaply. Some useful contributions from Hutson (41), K Harbron (28), Lambert (21), Mansfield (28) and Goddard at 10 (22 not out) allowed the team to post a competitive 185.
Despite a reasonable opening partnership Spalding never got going behind dismissed for 110. Wickets were shared with Max Lorimer taking 4-17 and Giles Goddard taking 3-28.
Sunday saw the first ever wins for our women’s hardball Super 8’s team. In the first game, Sleaford beat Denby by 5 runs. Lisa Kelly-Tongue top scoring with 25. In the second game, Sleaford beat Blyth by 18 runs. The highlight was Abi Hannan taking 4-23 including a hat-trick.
The Sunday 1st XI suffered a heavy defeat to Fulbeck at home. Posting 182 was never enough as Fulbeck knocked off the total with ease, only losing one wicket.
The SLBL 3rd XI playing on a Sunday beat Billingborough by 7 wickets. Dismissing our neighbours for 133 with spinners Ian Shorthouse taking 5 wickets and Ben Hutson taking 4 wickets. In reply there were runs for Mark Tanner 75 not out and Tom Chapman 26.