The weather forecast was spot on Saturday with a complete wash out of fixtures across the county.
With dryer weather and higher temperatures forecast on the Sunday, play was possible for both Sunday teams. At Lindum, the 1st XI were asked to bat on a soft, greenish looking wicket. Aayush Patel started brightly pulling a number of boundaries but it was Simon Godby who was removed early with one that bounced excessively taking the glove.
Patel (32 from 35 balls) was next to go caught at mid-wicket which was soon followed by the dismissal of Mason Mansfield for 2. Drew Harbron and Tom Willoughby set about rebuilding and did so nicely with a partnership of 50 before Willoughby was bowled for 17. Dan Hutson and Oli Burford came and went but Harbron carried on fine form posting a good half century.
Andy Hibberd and Harbron looked to push the score on until Harbron was bowled by the Shelbourne (5–55). Hibberd (39 not out) farmed the strike with the lower order to help post 174. A decent total on a bowler friendly wicket.
In reply, Matt Pickering was dismissed LBW second ball by Tom Willoughby. Charlie Jubbs soon followed in the same fashion. Will Henson played nicely for 22 before he miscued to mid on caught by Godby off Oli Burford. Dangerman Will Taylor (28) looked to force the initiative hitting 4 boundaries until he was stumped by Hutson off the bowling of Hibberd.
Max Lorimer removed Alford and Hughes-Pickering but Pranav Pothula started to play fluently which put Lindum in the hunt. The return of Tom Willoughby removed Fixter (13) and Zac Shelbourne (10) but it was the crucial wicket of Pothula for 30, bowled by Aayush Patel, which swung the game in Sleaford favour. The final wicket fell for 154 which gave Sleaford the victory in a good game of cricket.
At Sleaford, Ben Broome won the toss and elected to bat first against Bassingham. Useful contributions from Ben Hutson (22) and Ben Lambert (24) got Sleaford off to a good start but the main stay of the innings were half centuries from skipper Broome (52) and Phil Sneath (56). A total of 194 was more than defendable.
In reply, Bassingham got off to a great start with Ross Taylor and Mark Deakin posting a 100 run partnership with Sleaford on the ropes. Skipper Broome turned to spinners Shorthouse and Hutson (1-33) to tighten the squeeze and did so excellently. With the run rate rising, wickets started to fall and pressure mounted. 11 runs were required off the last over with Shorthouse bowling tightly to ensure Sleaford won by 5 runs. Shorthouse returned figures of 4-43 from 10 overs. Well done to debutants George Hix and Joe Mountford who both played their first senior games.
This week sees 2nd XI host Skegness 1st at home on Saturday with the 1st away at Woodhall Spa. On Sunday our Women’s Hardball Super 8’s are in action against Blyth and Keyworth in the East Midlands Women’s Cricket League. The Sunday 2nds take on Barkston and Syston away.