There were mixed fortunes for the senior teams this weekend. The 1st XI, sponsored by Baker Plant Hire, suffered a defeat to a strong Bourne side in the ECB Premier League but the 2nd XI beat Woodhall Spa in a low scorer at London Road. On Sunday, the Women’s Softballers were beaten by Newark in their first fixture of the year. The Sunday 2nd XI were humbled by Blankney but the Saturday 3rds overcoming Freiston in a high scoring affair.
At the Abbey Lawns, Tom Shorthouse lost the toss on a greenish looking wicket and was asked to bowl first. Scott Tite and Cameron Hall put pressure on the Bourne openers beating the bat on numerous occasions but despite the lateral movement, Bourne were able to still score at 5 an over. With the score on 44, Scott Tite produced a good delivery to remove Jack Berry clean bowled. Joe Peck removed Sam Evison with a bouncer and there were wickets for Drew Harbron and another for Peck to leave Bourne in trouble at 80-4. A crucial 5th wicket partnership of 100 from Pete Morgan (54) and Ben Wright (68) allowed for the lower order to move the game on quickly with some lusty blows and exploit a short boundary. Bourne finished on 256 for 8 off 48 overs (2 overs lost for rain). Joe Peck finished with 3-72, Drew Harbron 2-38, Scott Tite 2-39 and Camerom Hall 1-58.
In reply, Shann Patel was dismissed cheaply for 8 off the bowling of Cheer. Aayush Patel looked in good form but it was Tom Shorthouse who was next to fall stumped off the bowling of Berry for 14. Patel soon followed for 34 off the bowling of Wright. Hibberd and Willoughby looked to rebuild with a partnership of 43 before Willoughby (21) was caught by Dunn off Berry. Burford and Wing went quickly and Hibberd soon followed for 29. Hall and Harbron made contributions but it wasn’t to be with the team being dismissed for 171 well short of the target.
At London Road, Dan Hutson won the toss and asked Woodhall to bat. Some quality opening bowling reduced Woodhall to 19-3 with wickets for James Bowlby and Rhys Collings. Some excellent middle overs from Simon Godby (4-20 from 12 overs) and Giles Goddard (1-24 from 7 hours) kept Woodhall in check. Despite a partnership of 52 by Peter Jackson and Kieran Richardson, Woodhall were dismissed for 132 with Max Lorimer taking 2 wickets to mop up the tail.
In reply, Sam Cherry removed Conor Harbron (10), Simon Godby (8) and Dan Hutson (5) cheaply to leave the score at 50-3. The man in form, Kieran Harbron, kept the score ticking along almost single handly. His score of 77 from 67 balls included 14 boundaries. With a middle order wobble it was left to James Bowlby and Rhys Collings to bring the side home by 3 wickets.
On Sunday, the Women’s Softballers travelled down the A17 to Newark Ransome & Marles for the first fixture off the season. Batting first Sleaford scored a net score of 240. Evie Jarvis the pick of the batters with 15. This however was not enough as Newark posted 281 net score despite 3 wickets from Yvonne Townend.
At Blankney, Ben Broome led the Sunday 2nd XI. Inserted into bat, Sleaford posted 156-9 with contributions from Rhys Collings (40), Ian Glendinning (47) and Sam Jackson-Souter (24). Blankney managed to chase the score with 4 overs remaining thanks to half centuries from Simon Dawes (50) and Pearse (51).
At London Road, the 3rd XI took on Frieston. Having lost the toss, Sleaford were asked to bat. Simon Godby narrowly missed out on a century with 95 and there were half centuries for Mason Mansfield (86) and Tom Willoughby (65) in a big total 345.
In reply, Frieston made a watchful start but Duncan Hannan took 2 wickets to leave them at 41-2. A fine 90 run partnership from Stewart Kirtley and Daniel Lumley set Freiston along nicely but Tom Willoughby removed both bowled for half centuries. Emmeline Hannan, playing her first senior game took 2 wickets both caught by Dad at mid-wicket. Some lower runs from Tom Appleyard was not enough for Freiston who finished on 244. Tom Willoughby taking 5-10 from 5.2 overs.