Weekend Report – 28th&29th April

The weekend started with fears of all games being washed out, thanks to storm Hannah, but luckily 3 of our 4 games went ahead albeit most with reduced overs. And what a great weekend it was!

The 1st team hosted Market Deeping CC who won the toss and decided to bat first. Grantham opening bowler Dan Freeman was on fire taking a bundle of early wickets, ending with figures of 5 for 25 off his 8 overs. Sam Boyns supported him well taking 4 wickets for 15 runs off 6 overs. Market Deeping were bowled out for 87 runs, a meager target from Grantham’s strong batting lineup. Grantham scored the winning runs within 19 overs with Ross Carnelley top scoring with 49 runs getting bowled just one run short of his half century!

The 2nd team played away at Boston, a formidable foe. Grantham won the toss and sent Boston in to bat. Boston struggled to 122 all out with some exceptional seam bowling from Rahul Kumar taking 5 wickets for 33 runs off 11 overs. All the other bowlers were in the wickets as well making it a great all round effort.

Grantham chased the score down in 43 overs after a very shaky start. The ship was steadied by Taylor Fell who finished on 22 not out and Alex Kettle top scoring with 23 runs. A tough game but Grantham showed grit to claim their second victory of the season.

On Sunday the Sunday 2nds hosted Egerton Park CC. Egerton won the toss and decided to bat. They started strong but Grantham bowlers came back with a vengeance sharing the wickets amongst them. Jared Hackney took 2 wickets for 27 runs, removing the middle stump from the ground on back to back balls! It was a treat of true swing bowling. Captain Ben Kennedy-Short also took two late wickets for 16 runs. Egerton managed 172 runs for 7 wickets in their allotted 32 overs. Opening batsman Tom Mold ended on 81 not out, a sterling effort in the situation.

Grantham CC chasing 173 for victory had a wobbly start, losing both openers early before a partnership between no3 Shaun Simes (42 runs) and Ben Kennedy-Short (53 runs) got them back on track. Edgerton had some hope after removing both of them but no 5 Chris Saunders and no 6 Alex Hackney showed true grit hitting the winning runs with an over to spare. A brilliant game of cricket played with great spirit between the teams.

Recruiting for Scorers

Grantham Cricket Club are recruiting for regular scorers for the 2019 season. If you have an interest in cricket scoring, we can help with all training and even formal qualifications.

During the season you can be associated with one team of which you will be a valued member. For more information, please message us or email secretary@granthamcricketclub.co.uk

Outlaws to take 50-over cricket to Grantham

The Notts Outlaws fixture against Durham in the Royal London One-Day Cup will be played at Grantham Cricket Club.

The match on Friday 3 May will see Nottinghamshire take first team cricket to Gorse Lane for the first time. Second XI cricket has been successfully hosted there for the past two seasons.

“We knew the World Cup was coming this year and that scheduling would require us to find an alternative venue for a 50-over game,” said Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell.

“We’ve played second team cricket at Grantham, during which we’ve been looking at the facilities and thinking about how it might work for a full fixture.

“We put a side out in 2017 that was pretty much a first team in preparation for the Blast. They all tried out the facilities and liked what they saw.

“We’re confident that everything is in place and we are looking forward to putting a show on there, both for locals and for our members and travelling supporters.”

Grantham Cricket Club is located slightly south of the town centre in close proximity to the A1, two miles from the town’s train station.

“It’s a different experience for the players and spectators at an out-ground, but it’s certainly still enjoyable,” added Newell.

“Our members and supporters have attended the games at Welbeck in terrific numbers and I’m sure Grantham will be no different.

“It’s also a chance for the local community to enjoy professional cricket with international players on show, which I’m sure they will, in good numbers.”

Regular trains travel between Nottingham and Grantham on weekdays – and the Club will lay on transport from Trent Bridge with details to be confirmed at a later date.

GRANTHAM CRICKET CLUB AND LITTLE WICKETS LAUNCH NEW EXCITING INITIATIVE IN GRANTHAM

Grantham Cricket Club are partnering Notts-based Little Wickets to roll out their exciting, fun sessions to boys and girls from the age of 2.5 years up to 11 yrs old.

Little Wickets Managing Director, Chloe Williams explained ‘Little Wickets delivers cricket-based coaching sessions to our boys and girls which, we hope, ignites a lifelong passion for sport. Little Wickets does much more than teach our youngsters how to bat, bowl and field. Through our enthusiastic, qualified coaches, we educate youngsters in The Spirit of Cricket, focusing on the ‘FUNdamentals of Movement’ to develop individual skills, team work and fair play. The kids are picking up valuable life-skills while they’re having fun’.

Little Wickets offers ‘1st innings’ sessions for pre-schoolers from 2.5 years of age.
For school-age children, up to 7yrs of age, there are ‘2nd innings’ sessions, run at weekends and after school. They are year-round weekly indoor sessions run by handpicked and fully-vetted sports coaches. As well as these sessions, School Clubs and Holiday Camps will be held at Gorse Lane.

‘We see the partnership with Grantham being a springboard for Little Wickets to replicate in Lincolnshire the great success we’ve achieved so far in Nottinghamshire’ said Williams.

Grantham Cricket Club is delighted to to be working with such a fantastic organisation as Little Wickets and we hope that, by partnering with the club, we can help them attract a whole new audience to their superb coaching sessions, and support their ambitions of reaching out into Lincolnshire more widely. We believe that getting our youngsters involved in sport at any early age is vitally important, especially as opportunities for playing sport aren’t as widely-available as they used to be. Allied to this, the increasingly-high incidence of childhood obesity means that projects such as this will inevitably have great health benefits too. 

For further information, please contact:

info@littlewickets.com 

tel: 0115 9248476

Grantham Cricket Club Welcomes Notts CCC 2nd XI Back to Gorse Lane Next Week

Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club’s 2nd XI will be returning to Gorse Lane on Thursday 31st May to host Durham County Cricket Club 2nd XI in a 50 over match starting at 11am.  Having hosted two T20 matches for Nottinghamshire in 2017, the club is delighted to be welcoming the team back in 2018.  Club Chairman Ian Mihill noted that ‘thanks to outstanding work of Head Groundsman Keith Exton, and the rest of the ground team, the facilities at the Club are now of a quality that enables Nottinghamshire CCC to host fixtures at Gorse Lane, and we are absolutely delighted about the relationship with Trent Bridge going forward.  Having Nottinghamshire play at Gorse Lane is a huge privilege, and really positive for Grantham as a whole, so we look forward to welcoming players and spectators to the Club on 31st May.’
(Photo credit Nottinghamshire CCC)

All Stars Cricket

Tonight is the Grantham CC All Stars Taster session.

Taking place at the ground at Gorse Lane, we will be running a trial session open to all prospective cricketers between 5 and 8 years old. The trial session is free and, if you decide to give cricket a go, you can sign up for the full 8-week course here.

All sessions take place between 5:30-6:30pm and we encourage all parents to get involved and learn and improve the same skills so you can take the games home with you and practice.

Full information about the course can be found at https://www.ecb.co.uk/play/all-stars

We hope to see you there.