Cricket

Ambrose: It’s safety first for Spalding Town ahead of new cricket season

Staying up is the modest target for Spalding Town as they begin life back in the Lincs ECB Premier Division on Saturday. Experienced skipper Rob Ambrose admits that his side are stronger than they’ve been in recent seasons ahead of the Spalding Grammar School opener with Grimsby Town on Saturday (noon) – but he isn’t interested in setting any lofty ...

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Chance for local cricketers to join in with LCGA’s trip to Headingley

A free trip to Headingley beckons for members of the Lincolnshire Cricket Groundsmen’s Association. The Association is providing free transport to the Yorkshire stadium this Monday (March 27), to meet award-winning head groundsman Andy Foggerty and to learn about his pre-season preparations.   Members will then visit the rugby ground next door to speak to Ryan Golding. Tea and coffee ...

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Like cricket? Why not give Pinchbeck CC a try in the 2017 season

Pinchbeck Cricket Club are looking to recruit players for the upcoming 2017 season. The club, which plays in Division Two of the South Lincs and Border League, is welcoming all players aged 14 and over to give them a try. Whether you fancy trying cricket for the first time or are looking for a club, Pinchbeck would love to hear ...

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Wilson succeeds Lucas as Lincolnshire CC skipper after annual meeting

The annual meeting of the Lincolnshire County Cricket Club saw a new captain announced and the re-election of a host of officers for the coming season. The Chairman is the former Hartsholme player Chris Keywood, while the President is former Bucyrus and Hartsholme player John Van-der-Vord. Chief Executive is Chris Farmer, the former Chief Executive of South Kesteven District Council, ...

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Spalding Town Cricket Club’s winter nets start at Spalding Grammar School on Sunday

Spalding Town Cricket Club’s winter nets get under way this Sunday. Town are holding the sessions at Spalding Grammar School over the next few months, with seniors, ladies and juniors all catered for. Net times: Ladies (15 years and above) – 9am-11am; Seniors – 11am-1pm; under-15s – 1pm-2pm; under-9s – 2pm-3pm; under-11s – 3pm-4pm; under-13s – 4pm-5pm.

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Help Spalding Town’s Mike reach his Advent Marathon Cycle Challenge goal

Spalding Town cricketer Mike Kearns has found a new way of keeping fit during the winter break – raising money for good causes. Second team skipper Kearns, who is 55, has embarked on an Advent Marathon Cycle Challenge in which he is cycling the marathon distance of 26.2 miles every day for the 24 days of December’s advent. The challenge ...

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Promoted Spalding Town confirmed as part of new-look Lincs ECB Premier League

The Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League will go into 2017 with two new teams following the unexpected withdrawal of Skegness Cricket Club from the division. At the AGM, South Lincolnshire and Border League winners Spalding Town were automatically promoted and bottom side Nettleham returned to the Lincolnshire County Cricket League (LCCL), while 11th-placed Grimsby Town retained their Premier League status. ...

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Rare Lincolnshire CC award is a constant reminder of legend Henry at Spalding Town

Almost two years have passed since the South Holland sporting community lost stalwart Henry Walkers – but he’s now been immortalised at Spalding Town Cricket Club. Henry, who played more than 1,100 games for Town between 1964 and 2014, lost a short battle with illness during his 50th season with the club. Unbeknown to him, Henry had been recognised by ...

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Ace batsman Newton wins big at Spalding Town’s end of season awards night

Run-machine Josh Newton was the big winner at Spalding Town Cricket Club’s end of season bash on Friday. Newton, who scored 569 runs at an average of 63.22 over the season, played a key part in steering Town to the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division title and promotion back to the Lincs ECB Premier League. Only team-mate, ex-Pakistan ...

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Long Sutton relegated from top flight as Spalding Town 2nd miss out on promotion

A dramatic final weekend of the South Lincs and Border League season ended in disappointment for Long Sutton and Spalding 2nd. Sutton were relegated from the Premier Division after losing their finale at Bourne 2nd while Spalding’s Division One championship dream was dashed after being overtaken on the last day by Freiston who defeated Moulton Harrox. Just four points separated ...

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Promotion will help to boost Town’s progress

Spalding Town skipper Rob Ambrose believes his side’s quick-fire return to the Lincolnshire Premier League will help to keep the club progressing. Ambrose’s charges secured a return – subject to England Cricket Broad approval – to the top flight of county club cricket at the first attempt on Saturday. They were crowned South Lincs and Border League Premier Division champions ...

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Town are champs, but 2nds can now be overtaken

Spalding Town were crowned South Lincs and Border League Premier Division champions after another rained off weekend put paid to Sleaford 2nds’ title challenge.   Town are now in an unassailable position at the top with a 21-point lead over Sleaford who have one match remaining.   Sleaford are secure in second place with Market Deeping, newly promoted in 2016, ...

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Tense time for Town in quest to claim title treble

Spalding Town face an anxious weekend to see whether their quest for a title treble turns into reality.   They are aiming to claim a South Lincs and Border League title double while also currently occupying pole position in the race for Rutland League Division Six honours.   The Saturday First XI saw their final match of the South Lincs ...

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Sutton beat high-flyers

Long Sutton claimed the scalp of high-flying East Carlton in their penultimate match of the Rutland League Division Three season on Sunday.   Sutton had dismissed their visitors for 170 after East Carlton had won the toss and elected to bat.   Matt Bull bagged an impressive 3-14 from a four over spell while Paul Edgeller bowled out his 12 ...

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Town’s title hopes in the balance after wash-out

Spalding Town’s South Lincs and Border League Premier Division title hopes remain in the balance after the entire programme was washed out today. Town were scheduled to play their final match of the season against Stamford Town, knowing a victory was vital to maintain their championship charge. However, the wet weather ensured that no play was possible so Town still ...

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Spalding Town’s title bid left in ‘the lap of the gods’ ahead of season finale

Downbeat skipper Rob Ambrose admits that Spalding Town now only have a “50/50” chance of winning the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division ahead of their season finale on Saturday. Town watched on as rain sabotaged their top-of-the-tale clash with Sleaford 2nd last Saturday, handing their rivals the title initiative. Spalding had been going well, with Hafiz Majeed (80) ...

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England star Heather Knight is a big hit in Spalding Town open day

Spalding Town Cricket Club welcomed England ladies’ captain Heather Knight to their popular Club Open Day on Sunday. Knight, who replaced Charlotte Edwards as England skipper earlier this year, was on hand to provide valuable coaching sessions and present trophies at Town’s annual bash. The 25-year-old posed for plenty of pictures on a day when Spalding also showcased junior matches ...

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Washout halts Spalding Town’s title charge as Sleaford 2nd clash is abandoned

Rain hit Spalding Town’s South Lincs and Border League Premier Division title chances on Saturday as their huge clash at Sleaford 2nd was abandoned. The day’s big game between leaders Town and second-placed Sleaford 2nd ended with Spalding having scored 197-7, Hafiz Majeed hitting 80 and Dan Milgate 57, before rain stopped play. This gave the Spalding four points to Sleaford’s ...

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Ambrose eyes season-defining victory for Spalding Town at title rivals Sleaford 2nd

Skipper Rob Ambrose has called upon his Spalding Town side to see off title rivals Sleaford 2nd on Saturday – and all but secure the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division crown. Although Ambrose doesn’t feel Town’s penultimate game of the campaign at Sleaford (1.30pm) is must-win, he is determined to see his charges win the title and secure ...

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Dominant Spalding Town post best score of season to batter Billingborough

On-song Spalding Town produced the perfect performance on Saturday as they cruised to a huge 186-run win at Billingborough. The win was fuelled by a sublime batting performance, with Hafiz Majeed (107) scoring another stellar century and Josh Newton (65), Warren Nel (54 not out) and Ben Smith (53 not out) all passing 50 in Town’s monstrous 310-3. In reply, ...

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