The 1st XI were not in action on Saturday so attention turned to the 2nd and 3rd XI games. Dan Hutson’s men travelled to Boston while the 3rds hosted Newborough at Ancaster.
At Mayflower, the skipper won the toss and elected to field first. Ben Troops and Rowan Evans got Boston off to a strong start who together put on 71 for the first wicket. However, 2 quick wickets set the Boston top order back. Shaan Patel removed Evans caught and bowled for 36 and then bowled Matthew Hood first ball for a golden duck. The score moved onto 92 before Oli Bean ran out Troops for 22 from 83 balls. Bean was in the action again as he caught Gilbert for 6 off the bowling of Simon Godby. Luke Gilding and Damian Lawson combined for a 48 run partnership but it was Giles Goddard who broke the partnership removing Lawson for 25. The score went from 142-5 to 159 all out as the wickets tumbled quickly to leave Sleaford the happier of the two sides at tea. Giles Goddard was the pick of the bowlers with 3-27.
In reply, Sleaford lost Godby (0) and Tom Willoughby for (8) cheaply but Shaan Patel and Kieran Harbron steadied the ship with a 98 run partnership. Both registered half centuries in the chase which finished with Ben Lambert and Jake Henderson hitting the winning runs in the 31st over.
At Ancaster, Sleaford lost the toss and were asked to bat first on a tricky looking pitch. The Newborough attack bowled well to dismiss Sleaford for 104. The only real contributions of note were Phil Sneath (42) and Ben Glendinning (26). In reply, Sleaford looked to spin their way to a victory and in doing so took 6 wickets but runs from David Cooper (42) and Nigel Griffin (26) helped Newborough secure victory in the 35th over.
On Sunday, the Women’s Softball cricketers travelled to Clumber Park to face the hosts and Welbeck. In game 1 against a Clumber, Sleaford batted first hitting 79-3 net score with runs for Mel and Evie Jarvis. Despite a couple of wickets for Emily Henderson, Clumber were well ahead hitting 132-4. The the second game followed suit as Sleaford were beaten by 37 runs. Lisa Tidy, Holly Young and Stef Ellis made contributions with the bat in a total of 82-5. In reply, Welbeck made 114-4 net score.
At Jubilee Park, the Sunday 1st XI beat Woodhall Spa by 106 runs. Batting first, there were runs for Evan Jones (60) and Scott Tite (48*) in a total of 216-8. In reply, Woodhall never looked in the hunt being dismissed for 110 with Andy Hibberd taking 4-26 and Shaan Patel 3-22.
There was a short game at London Road as Sleaford defeated Waddington by 8 wickets. Wickets for Tom Sanders (3-9), George Tanner (2-31) and Ian Shorthouse (3-11) helped to dismiss Waddington for 73 in 22 overs. In reply, Sleaford lost Tom Chapman and Mark Tanner early but Will Glendinning (31) and Tom Sanders (29) brought the win home in 12 overs.