On another wet weekend there were mixed results for the Sleaford sides. On Saturday, the 1st XI were humbled by a strong Lindum team in a low scorer, while the 3rds were sadly cancelled at Ancaster due to the weather leading up to Saturday. On Sunday the Saturday 2nds beat Freiston and the Sunday 2nds lost by 1 wicket in low scoring thriller at London Road to North Scarle.
At London Road on Saturday, the start was delayed by half hour to allow for the ground to dry. Tom Shorthouse won the toss and elected to bowl on a greenish, damp wicket. Lindum started well with a flourish of boundaries by Will Wright but it was Drew Harbron who removed him with an excellent delivery pitching on leg and kissing off stump for 19. Sam Burrows, on his return to 1st XI cricket for 10 years, bowled consistently and removed Lockwood (1) and Lindum Skipper Cook (8) cheaply to leave Lindum 51-3.
Shorthouse introduced Tom Willoughby into the attack who bowled tightly eventually luring Stubbs into a false shot removing him LBW for 5. Harbron was reintroduced into the attack and removed Kimber and Pothula in successive balls to leave Lindum 100-6. The experienced Charlie Thomlinson (58) looked to steady the Lindum ship with a hard worked half century but he was removed by a direct hit run out from the deep by Conor Harbron in what was turning out to be a good day for the Harbron family. Andy Harris hung around for 22 until he was caught by Wing off Shorthouse. Joe Peck removed Tom Lane LBW but a partnership of 27 allowed Lindum to reach 170 before Peatman was run out by Ben Glendinning for 13.
A shower at the break meant that Duckworth Lewis came into force. With 8 overs lost the score was adjusted to 156. Lindum threatened early with Peatman and Harris applying early pressure. The ball had moved on the pitch all day and there was no let up for the Sleaford batsman. Peatman removed Aayush Patel 5 and then dismissed Shorthouse first ball for a golden duck caught in the gully. He then removed Conor Harbron to leave Sleaford in trouble at 16-3. Tom Willoughby and Kieran Harbron dug in for a partnership of 45 before Willoughby was adjudged LBW for 30 off the bowling on Lane. Will Wright dismissed Hibberd bowled for 1 and then Matt Wing in the same fashion. At 70-6, and time running it out the win looked a very distant prospect. Wright then dismissed Harbron for a gutsy 27 from 59 deliveries. Glendinning hung about to save Sleaford blushes but Sam Burrows had other ideas. He hit a brisk 39 including 4 boundaries to give Sleaford a slender chance of reaching the target. He along with Drew Harbron put on 34 for the 9 wicket but it was not to be as Sleaford ran 14 runs short and were left to rue what could have been. A disappointing end but still lots of positives to take forward.
On Sunday, Dan Hutson’s 2nd team travelled to Freiston. On winning the toss, Freiston were asked to bat first. Drew Harbron removed Saeed for a duck in the first over. He then removed Ilyas for 8 following a fantastic catch by Hutson behind the stumps. Rhys Collings bowled tightly and was rewarded with the wicket of Moeed for a duck adjudged LBW to leave Freiston struggling at 18-3. Usman Ahmed fell LBW to Willoughby and Panjwani followed him soon after caught at short cover by Mason Mansfield off the bowling of Giles Goddard. Richard Paul was looking to hang around having seen all wickets fall from the other end but was eventually dismissed by Willoughby LBW for 8. Herbert Ushewokunze hung around and provided the fielding team with some entertaining chat until he dismissed by another excellent Hutson catch off the returning Harbron. The Freiston innings never took off eventually being dismissed for 83 with 5 wickets for Drew Harbron and rest shared around.
In reply, Conor Harbron was dismissed early by the consistent Taimur Mian. Tom Willoughby and Simon Godby looked to play freely with a partnership of 55 until Godby (9) was stumped looking to force the issue with rain around. A heavy shower brought the players off for 40 minutes but on resumption, Willoughby took the initiative. Mansfield and Hix were dismissed by Mian but the target was reached 4 wickets down with Willoughby 58 not out, included 4 maximums, and Hibberd 2 not out.
There was a low scoring thriller at London Road with the Sunday 2nds taking on North Scarle. Ben Broome won the toss electing to bat first but that back fired as his side were bowled out for 75 in 33 overs. Ian Glendinning top scoring with 20 the only real contribution of significance.
In reply, North Scarle’s innings followed suit with Duncan and Abigail Hannan getting amongst the top order. Ian and Ben Glendinning took 2 wickets each but it was an important contribution of 27 from Jed Chapple which helped North Scarle home by 1 wicket. Duncan Hannan (3-20), Ben Glendinning (2-14), Abigail Hannan (2-13) and Ian Glendinning (2-2) all were in the wickets.
This week sees Tom Shorthouse’s men entertain Market Deeping at London Road, while the 2nds travel to Moulton Harrox. On Sunday, the 1st team host Bracebridge Heath and 2nds are away at Caythorpe. The Women Softball cricketers travel to Blyth to face Blyth and Retford in the East Midlands Cricket League.