Derby delight for Spalding Town as bowlers impress in Boston 2nd success

The bowlers shone was Spalding Town kept their 100 per cent record in South Lincs and Border League East One going by defending a low total of 132 against rivals Boston 2nd on Saturday.

Peter Cook top scored with just 24 as Spalding were bowled out for a low-looking 132 batting first at Seas End Hall.

But Will Naylor (4-30), Brandon Andrews (3-12) and Josh Lawrence (3-35) all came to the party and blunted Boston’s reply, bowling them out for just 95 in 24.3 overs to seal a 37-run success.

Having won their opener against Freiston back on August 1, this was only Town’s second outing of the season.

However, they started well and solid knocks from openers Ollie Dring (21) and Jon Manton (21) looked to have given them the foundation for a strong score.

When they both fell, Ethan Lawrence (20) also made a good start – but number four Nilantha Atapattu failed to trouble the scorers.

It was then that Wills Barker (6-32) exploded into the game, with a sensational bowling performance.

He had top scorer Cook caught, bowled Matt Gill (9), trapped Naylor LBW for a duck, Josh Lawrence also LBW for 16, Brandon Andrews caught on seven and bowled Neo Timothy for two to wrap up the innings.

With a low target to defend, the response of the Spalding bowlers was superb.

Seven of the ten wickets were clean bowled, with two LBWs awarded and only one catch required.

Brandon Andrews toppled opener Will Tetther for a duck, then claimed number three Matt Hood (0) LBW soon after.

Naylor then had number four James Luto LBW for another duck, before bowling opener Rowan Evans (10) and Kev Manning (5).

Jack Tetther (48) was Boston’s shining light with the bat and did his best to force them towards the target, but the wickets tumbled around him.

In the end it was Brandon Andrews who bowled him two shy of a half-century, handing Town a win that was worth 17 points in the process.
Spalding make the trip to Skegness on Saturday (1pm).

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