The forecast wasn’t looking good across the county as the 1st XI, sponsored by Baker Plant Hire, travelled to Jubilee Park to face Woodhall Spa and the 2nd faced in form Skegness at London Road.
There was little to report at Jubilee Park with only 2 overs of Sleaford innings bowled (although Shaan was unfortunately dismissed!). Both teams settled for 5 points after persistent rain.
There was far more excitement at London Road with a low scoring game in bowler friendly conditions. Skegness won the toss and asked Dan Hutson’s men to bat. Conor Harbron was dismissed first ball for a duck but Simon Godby looked to be playing freely with 5 boundaries in his 33 but it was Mason Mansfield who was dismissed next off the bowling of Epton. Godby and the in form Kieran Harbron plus Ben Lamber, James Bowlby and Rhys Collings went in quick succession to leave Sleaford reeling at 71-7. Sam Burrows went on the charge and looked to find the boundary. He hit 8 4’s in a brisk 43 from 33 balls and was supported by skipper Hutson in a 50 run partnership. He was eventually dismissed by a good ball to leave Goddard, Lorimer and Hutson to scamper to 138 all out after 32.5 overs (match was reduced to 36 a side).
In reply Burrows removed Nel early with an excellent delivery clean bowled. Reece Brant, the mainstay of the Skegness innings, dug in to help the score move onto 75-3 despite wickets for Goddard and Godby. Brant was dismissed for a dogged 50 off the bowling of Godby but it was Normal Brackley who led the charge to bring home the game for Skegness with 43 from 39 balls. An enjoyable watch from the sideline but it was the seasiders day.
On Sunday, London Road saw its first ever Women’s hardball fixtures as Sleaford Cricket Club. In the first game, Sleaford ran out winners against Keyworth with a 100 run net score victory. Emmeline Hannon took 5 wickets and Abigail Hannan 2 in what was a good start for the sisters. In reply to Keyworth’s net score of 214, Sleaford sailed past that with a good opening stand by Hannan and Spicer. The momentum continued with good partnerships throughout to leave Sleaford with a net score of 314.
The second game between Blyth and Keyworth sadly succumbed to the weather after a heavy storm washed out the rest of the days play. Sleaford will look to rearrange the fixture with Blyth which had the makings of good game.
The Sunday 2nds travelled to Barkston with Ben Broome’s men asked to bat first. Tom Chapman and Simon Godby were removed cheaply but Aayush Patel and Tom Willougby moved the score on nicely. Both registered half centuries before Patel was stumped 76. Willougby was caught for 81 which meant Sleaford were able to post 193-6 from 40 overs. As it was at Sleaford, a big storm ended the days play. A wet end to the weekend!
This week, the 1st XI host Lindum, whilst the 3rds host Long Sutton 2nds at Ancaster. On Sunday, the Saturday 2nds travel to Freiston and the Sunday 2nds host North Scarle at home.