There were 7 wins across Saturday and Sunday in what was a brilliant weekend for the club. On Saturday, Tom Shorthouse’s men travelled to Louth while Dan Hutson’s 2nd XI entertained Long Sutton at London Road. The 3rd XI also welcomed Skegness 2nds at Ancaster.
At Louth, skipper Shorthouse lost the toss and was asked to field. The 1sts welcomed Evan Jones to the ranks for the first time. Evan had just come out of hotel isolation that morning and was straight into the action. Scott Tite and Cameron Hall opened the bowling and bowled tightly without too much joy. With the score on 22, Tite managed to find the edge of Samueal Jones’ bat and was caught at slip by Andy Hibberd for 10. Shorthouse introduced Evan Jones into the attack, he bowled with some fire and was able to pick up Richard Bell for 11 caught behind by Wing. Joe Peck removed Matt Hamilton for 7 and Skipper Laurence Scott (36) fell LBW to Tom Willoughby to leave Louth 86-4. Shorthouse brought himself into the attack and was spinning the ball big from the get go. The dangerman Seb Darke fell caught at point by Harbron for 9 and Henry Tye soon followed caught at mid on for 2 to leave Louth 88-6.
Andrew White looked to push the initiative but was well caught by Jones in the deep at cow corner looking to go for a maximum. Tom Cuthbert (10) and Graham West (19) dug in for a partnership of 30 until the returning Cameron Hall dismissed Cuthbert caught behind. West soon followed bowled by Drew Harbron. Tom Ryder and Patrick Byrne hung around but eventually Hall managed to rap the pads of Ryder to dismiss Louth for 137. Shorthouse the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-25.
In reply, Sleaford openers Shorthouse and Aayush Patel got off to a watchful start despite some early pressure from Seb Darke and Tom Ryder. Pushing the score along to 59, Sleaford looked in a good space until Andrew White picked up Aayush Patel bowled for 30. The persistent Darke removed Shorthouse caught behind for 29 to leave Sleaford 65-2. Andrew White then bowled a gem to remove Willoughby for a duck and all of sudden the pressure was on the chasers. Evan Jones decided to take the initiative with some hard hitting, tracking White and hitting him for 3 big sixes, one hitting the pavilion roof at Louth. Harbron however fell caught in the deep to add to Sleaford worries. Matt Wing hung around whilst Jones played some free flowing shots registered his first half century for the club which included 3×4’s and 5×6’s in 35 balls. Eventually the winning total was scored in the 25 over to give Sleaford the full 20 points.
At London Road, Sleaford lost the toss and were asked to field. The innings got off to a bad start for Long Sutton as Rhys Collings pegged back opener Peter Cook’s stumps for a duck. Sam Burrows soon got in the action to remove Chris Booth for 4. Oldfield and Taylor put on 30 before Collings bowled Taylor for 18. Working in a good partnership, Burrows then removed Wright for 4 caught by Collings to leave Long Sutton 47-4. Dan Oldfield (18) then succumbed to Collings LBW but Barry Stanway looked to take charge. He hit 4×6’s in his brisk 35 before Giles Goddard snuck one through to bowl him. No other batter reached double figures as the Sleaford bowlers dismissed the Long Sutton order for 104. Pick of the bowlers were Collings (3-29), Burrows (3-18) and Goddard (3-25).
In reply, Sleaford lost Conor Harbron (7) early LBW to Barry Stanway. Simon Godby and Mason Mansfield put on 49 before Rob Simpson picked up Godby for 19. Mansfield (22) and Hutson (5) followed but it was left to Jake Henderson (22*) and Ben Glendinning (5*) home by 6 wickets.
There was a much closer game at Ancaster with Sleaford running out winners by 15 runs. Batting first Sleaford posted 139-4 with a half century from the returning Neill Henderson and contributions by Tom Sanders (31), Ben Broome (23) and Oliver Sneath (15). In reply Dan Adams took his debut wicket removing opener Carly Rush for 4. Thomas Adlington (50) and Ethan Garner (21) threatened to make the chase look easy but wickets from Nick Mountain and Ben Broome broke the partnership. Wickets were then shared about to mop up the lower order and tail to bowl out Skegness for 124.
On Sunday, Sleaford women’s hardball travelled to Cuckney to take on Keyworth and Clumber Park. In the first game against Keyworth, Keyworth batted first posting a net score of 269 with wickets for Millie Townend, Tamsin Henry and Evie Jarvis. In reply, Sleaford posted a net score of 326 with runs for Abigail Hannan (21) and skipper Lisa Kelly-Tonge (22). In the second game, Sleaford batting first posting 293 net score with Hannan and Kelly-Tonge in the runs again. In reply, Clumber finished 8 runs short with a net score of 285 with wickets for Emmeline Hannan and Millie Townend. The wins see Sleaford go to the top of the league with 17 points after 6 games, Denby are second having played 7 games.
The Sunday 1st team travelled to Revesby while the 2nds faced Old Lincolnians. At Revesby, Andy Hibberd lost the toss for the 8th time in a row and was asked to field. Revesby struggled as they lost regular wickets despite a nice half century from Mark Twells. Tom Willoughby took 3-21, Andy Hibberd 3-15 and Drew Harbron 2-15 with a wicket apiece for Max Lorimer and Scott Tite. In reply, Sleaford lost Aayush Patel early but Simon Godby and Mason Mansfield put on 110 before Mansfield was dismissed for 34. Godby and Evan Jones saw the side home with 13 overs to spare. Godby finishing on 59 not out and Evan Jones 20 not (including a big 6 into the road).
At Sleaford, Ben Broome won the toss and chose to bat. Tom Chapman hit 25 but a huge 200 run partnership between Ian Glendinning (124) and Nathan Titley (101 not out) helped Sleaford post a big 278 from 40 overs. In reply Old Lincolnians posted 152-7 from 40 overs to fall well short. There were debut senior wickets for Joe Mountford (2-24).
All in all, a very good weekend for the club. With junior teams winning during the week, the club is on a roll!