Skipper James Langford took an incredible hat-trick to steer Pinchbeck to their first South Lincs and Border League Division Two win of the season on Saturday.
Having lost convincingly against Lindum 3rd the previous weekend, Pinchbeck fought back superbly at Spalding Grammar School to dismiss opponents Claypole for 135 before knocking off the runs in 32.1 overs with four wickets to spare.
After electing to bat, Claypole made a steady start with an opening stand of 23 before Langford’s showpiece set the match alight.
The breakthrough came when Andrew Attewell (4) was caught behind by Danny Jackson – and he was followed next ball by Martin Cragg (0) who was caught by Sam Smith.
Then to complete the swoop, the Pinchbeck captain bowled King (0) first ball to leave the visitors stunned.
Claypole opener Matt Ragless remained unfazed and dug in with an excellent 54, but Pinchbeck continued to pick up wickets and never allowed their opponents to accelerate.
Langford (4-55) picked up a fourth scalp and was ably assisted by Smith who bowled a fine 11-over spell with figures of 4-30, including the crucial wicket of Ragless.
Youngster Alex Watkins (2-16) also claimed his first wickets for the club as Claypole were bowled out for 135 in 32.3 overs.
Spurred on by their efforts in the field, Pinchbeck chased down the total confidently with opener Jackson notching up a swift 24 to set them en-route before Smith completed a fine all round performance with an assured knock of 47 (including nine boundaries) to quash any hopes of an away victory.
With the winning line in sight, three quick wickets from Ragless put the brakes on briefly, but the damage was done and victory sealed with 13 overs to spare.
Saturday: Freiston v Pinchbeck (1.30pm).