Cricket

Wretched start to season continues for Spalding 1st with heavy Grantham defeat

Spalding Town 1st (69) lost to Grantham (326-6) by 257 runs: Spalding 1st were cut adrift by 19 points at the foot of Lincs ECB Premier League following this heavy defeat on Saturday. The gap grew from six points after they were skittled out at Spalding Grammar School by Grantham for just 69 runs in little more than 25 overs. The ...

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Tidswell Talk: England’s failure to pick star performer Pietersen is unbelievable

by Andrew Tidswell Elite Sports Academy MD and Holbeach Utd player I’m the first to admit that I don’t have a huge knowledge of the English cricket system. But I think anyone can see that the pinnacle of English cricket – that being the England cricket team – is in total disarray. This past week has seen yet more radical ...

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Record-breaker Joyce to aid Spalding Town’s cause

Spalding Town have snapped up record-breaking all-rounder Mark Joyce as they bid to kick-start their Lincs ECB Premier League season. New Zealand ace Joyce, who cracked a South Lincs and Border League record of 1,204 runs for Billingborough at an average of 75.25 back in 2010, will make his Town debut against Grantham on Saturday (noon). The Kiwi ace can ...

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Spirits still high at Spalding Town despite hefty Lindum loss

Spalding Town slipped to the bottom of the Lincs ECB Premier League table after suffering their fourth defeat from as many games this season. Having been put into bat against a Lindum side that had failed to win any of their opening three games of the campaign, Town were bowled out for just 121 in 37.3 overs. Daniel Milgate (34), ...

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Moulton Harrox fall 15 runs short of victory despite Harry’s 3-26

A brilliant bowling display from Jake Pollard consigned Moulton Harrox to a narrow 15-run defeat against Belton Park in South Lincs and Border League Premier Division on Saturday. Having won the toss and elected to field, Moulton were probably pretty happy with their efforts in holding Belton to just 153-7 from their 45 overs. Only a fine half-century from 14-year-old ...

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Spin twins inspire first Long Sutton win under skipper Barnes

A stunning bowling performance inspired Long Sutton to their first South Lincs and Border League Premier Division win of the season on Saturday. Hosts Sutton were asked to bat first by Woodhall Spa 2nd on what was a pretty stick Paradise Field track. They found it tough going, but openers Jimmy Wright (22) and Chris Booth (36) got the team ...

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Luckless Pinchbeck Cricket Club fall just shy of their target again

For the second-successive week, Pinchbeck were left to rue their luck in South Lincs and Border League Division Two as Boston 3rd took the spoils in a well-contested match at Spalding Grammar School. Chasing 185 for victory, early wickets cost Pinchbeck dearly and, despite the best efforts of the middle order, they fell short by just nine runs. After inserting ...

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Spalding Town bottom after crushing Lincoln Lindum loss

Spalding Town’s winless start to the new Lincs ECB Premier League season continued on Saturday as they were handed a seven-wicket defeat by hosts Lincoln Lindum. Having been put into bat against a Lindum side that had also lost their opening three games of the campaign, Town were bowled out for just 121 in 37.3 overs. Daniel Milgate (34), Nuwan ...

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Rob: Town need to come up with a winning formula – and quickly

Spalding Town have been told to buck up their ideas after suffering three successive Lincs ECB Premier League defeats. Winless Town are just four points above rock-bottom Grimsby Town after Saturday’s six-wicket home defeat against Market Rasen . They make the trip to Lincoln Lindum, one of the three sides below them in the table, on Saturday (noon) – but ...

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Kearns confident that Spalding Town will come good at Lindum

In-form pace ace Charlie Kearns feels that Spalding Town’s slow start to the Lincs ECB Premier League campaign is just a temporary blip. The fast bowler reckons that there have been plenty of positives that he and his team-mates can take from defeats against Woodhall Spa, Bracebridge Heath and Market Rasen. Kearns also thinks that Town will prove a difficult ...

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Long Sutton edged out for second week on the spin

Long Sutton are still searching for their first South Lincs and Border League Premier Division win of the campaign after another agonising defeat on Saturday. With hosts Sleaford 2nd posting 206-9 batting first, Sutton closed on 187-8 after their 45 overs – just 20 runs shy of success. Having won the toss and elected to bat on what looked like ...

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Teenager Amelia takes five wickets in Spalding 3rd loss

Amazing figures of 5-25 from 15-year-old Amelia Gardner couldn’t stop Spalding Town 3rd suffering a bruisng defeat against Claypole at the Memorial Field on Saturday. Playing only her second senior game for Spalding, Gardner’s figures were the only real positive for Town in the South Lincs and Border League Division Two clash as Claypole smashed 321 batting first before being ...

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Trademark Nel century fails to inspire winless Spalding Town

Rob Ambrose lamented a bad day at the office for his Spalding Town side on Saturday as their winless start in the Lincs ECB Premier League stretched to three games. A typical century from Warren Nel (103) steered Town to a solid-looking 205-7 at Spalding Grammar School, but visitors Market Rasen knocked that off with six wickets to spare – ...

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Langford’s hat-trick is in vain as Pinchbeck lose at Baston

A hat-trick from James Langford and a swift five-wicket haul for Nick Crook couldn’t stop Pinchbeck suffering a 12-run defeat at Baston in South Lincs and Border League Division Two on Saturday. On a slow, low wicket offering plenty for the bowlers, Pinchbeck won the toss and would have felt the hard work was done when they dismissed their opponents ...

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County star Jimmy eyes regular role in Spalding Town’s top team

Teenage talent Jimmy Hook is targeting a regular spot in Spalding Town Cricket Club’s first team after shining on Lincolnshire under-17s recent tour of Sri Lanka. The all-rounder, who is a pupil at Spalding Grammar School, made an unbeaten 100 for Lincs as they won the final game of their tour against Dharmaraja College in Kandy. His innings included 19 ...

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Ambrose targets Rasen win after resilient Spalding Town show

Skipper Rob Ambrose was impressed with Spalding Town’s attitude on Saturday – despite seeing them suffer a 117-run defeat at Bracebridge Heath. Hosts Bracebridge – who are always among the Lincs ECB Premier Division title contenders – clubbed 350-3 after winning the toss and deciding to bat, with Nick John (137), Brett Houston (98) and Paul Cook (86) all making ...

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Impressive 155 stand inspires Pinchbeck to opening day win

Pinchbeck Cricket Club kicked off their South Lincs and Border League Division Two season with an excellent 43-run victory over Timberlands on a day where the runs flowed at Spalding Grammar School. After choosing to bat first on Saturday, the hosts racked up a daunting 250-6 in their 45 overs thanks largely to the efforts of Nick Crook (95) and ...

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Skipper Barnes takes positives from narrow Long Sutton defeat

Long Sutton 1st began their South Lincs and Border League Premier Division campaign with an agonising two-wicket defeat against Billingborough at Paradise Field on Saturday. Losing the toss, Sutton were asked to bat and were quickly in trouble with a flurry of early wickets. Adam Wright (19) was the only player in the top order to make double figures with ...

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Young guns inspire thrilling nine-run win for Spalding Town 3rd

Spalding Town 3rd earned a thrilling nine-run victory over Grantham 4th in their South Lincs and Border League Division Two opener on Saturday. Invited to bat first by their hosts, Town made a cautious start but reached 64-1 with Chris Green batting fluently. Green was then run out in farcical circumstances – and in the same over further calamity struck ...

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Bracebridge beating for Spalding Town despite Jayasena’s super 75

Spalding Town Cricket Club are still looking for their first win of the Lincs ECB Premier League season after being handed a 117-run defeat at Bracebridge Heath on Saturday. Hosts Bracebridge clubbed 350-3 after winning the toss and deciding to bat, with Nick John (137), Brett Houston (98) and Paul Cook (86) all making big scores. The returning Nuwan Jayasena ...

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