2nd XI Match Report – 15th August 2015

Grantham 2nds travelled to Sleaford, knowing that they would be in for a tough day against one of the leagues form sides. Sleaford had no hesitation in batting first after winning the toss but found the going tough as both Simon Oakes and Danny Ashley bowled in good areas to restrict Godby and Sneath. It was Ashley (3 for 35) who made the breakthrough, dismissing both openers before Sleaford then rebuilt through Wilson and Ben Bulmer. Both recorded 50’s but Grantham’s pace-off bowlers kept the run rate to a below par chase of 190.Birthday Boy Joe Farmer recorded figures of 5 for 47 from 10 overs.

The reply started at a good pace but the loss of wickets threatened to stall the chase but the stand out batter was James Cameron-Clarke (65), flaying any width offered by the Sleaford bowlers. Contributions from Martin Parmley and Danny Bates with 25 a piece helped to keep the reply on course but there were some nerve jangling overs towards the end. Gaz Bennett (38 No) stood tall and steered Grantham home with one wicket and three balls to spare to record an excellent win for Grantham.

1st XI Match Report – 15th August 2015

Looking for a 4th consecutive victory, Grantham 1st XI welcomed last year’s league champions, Bourne to Gorse Lane.  The day did not get off to an ideal start with the coin coming down in the visitors favour on a pitch that had been affected by rain on the previous day.  It didn’t take long for the first wicket to fall when Bansal edged Colin Cheer for just 8 in the third over.  Daniel Freeman (91) fell just short of three figures when he put a half-tracker down deep mi-wicket’s throat but the partnerships of 67 with Josh Mihill (23) and 101 with Rohan Nurse (85*) meant the score was 184-3 when he eventually left the field.  Rohan continued with Dan Webb (14) and David Whapplington (33*) to set a target of 279 for victory: a formidable target for a team that chose to bowl first.

Well aware of Bourne’s prolific scoring rate, Grantham didn’t panic when, in the first 10 overs, Bourne had amassed 50 for the loss of only 1 wicket.  Joe Peck (3-35) made the first breakthrough and he and fellow opener Dan Freeman (3-47) each collected three scalps in Grantham’s victory.  Neil Stevenson (2-33) and Karanjit Bansal (1-33) contributed with the ball and it was a tidy performance by the Grantham fielders.  With Jordan Temple unable to bat due to injury, Grantham collected full points after the ninth wicket fell and now have a safety net of 45 points between them and 8th place, Market Rasen.  Grantham make the long journey to Louth next week hoping to take their unbeaten streak to 5.

2nd XI Match Report – 8th August 2015

Belton Park 1st XI arrived as favourites when they took on Grantham 2nds at Gorse Lane after dishing out a drubbing earlier in the season, but Grantham were in no mood to roll over this time. Batting first, Grantham put the Belton bowlers under severe pressure and unfortunately Belton’s bowlers wilted as Grantham piled on the runs with a complete top order performance. Runs came from Stewart Mudie (41), Matthew Wing (39), Danny Ashley (42) providing support for the classy James Cameron-Clarke who compiled 74, dispatching the deflated Belton bowlers to all parts of the Gorse Lane and beyond to amass 262.

Belton’s reply didn’t get any better and they were effectively out of the running after being reduced to 8 for 4 with Danny Ashley blowing away the top order. Belton bimbled along to 160 before Rahul Kumar and Louis Greetham picked up 2 wickets each to seal an emphatic victory.

1st XI Match Report – 8th August 2015

Grantham travelled to Market Deeping with high hopes of continuing their run of form. The toss came down in Grantham’s favour and captain Rohan Nurse had no hesitation in choosing to bat first. Dan Freeman (28) and Karanjit Bansal started scoring freely from the beginning and it soon became apparent that Bansal was on a mission. He continued scoring quickly as he forged partnerships with Josh Mihill (43), Rohan Nurse (13) and David Whapplington (23*). He eventually finished unbeaten on 169 not out with the total just shy of 300.

A daunting total for the home side didn’t dampen their spirits however and the seamers failed to make a breakthrough early on. It was spinners Bansal (3-37) and Neil Stevenson (5-58) who did the damage bowling with control and discipline. Grantham failed to pick up full bonus points, only claiming 8 of the 10 wickets, but the 17 point victory puts them in a comfortable mid-table position and looking towards the top half as the season concludes.

2nd XI Match Report – 1st August 2015

Grantham 2nds travelled to mid-table Stamford knowing they faced a stiff challenge after Stamford had put together a string of impressive results. Grantham batted first and, although the the ball kept low, pushed on to 89 for 2 at the drinks break. Contributions from Stu Mudie (40) and Martin Parmley (38) and Darren Ashley (37) all added to a decent total once Gaz Bennett, 50 not out, cut lose with some powerful drives pushing the total up to 212.

Grantham’s reply started with the experienced Joey Farmer and Darren Ashley. Farmer used his loaf but bowled without any luck so it was down to the change bowlers Rahul Khumar, Addy Parker and Ady Wing who, assisted by some good catching, all picked up 3 wickets apiece to put the game beyond the reach of Stamford.

1st XI Match Report – 1st August 2015

Following a 20 point victory against Market Rasen, Grantham welcomed Spalding to Gorse Lane in high spirits.  When these two teams met earlier in the season Grantham romped to victory scoring 326 and conceded only 150 runs in the hunt for 10 wickets.  Hoping to repeat this performance Rohan Nurse chose to bat first and Dan Freeman and Karanjit Bansal (35) made their way to the wicket.  It was a promising start for the home side when the opening partnership passed 50.  Karanjit scored freely before being dismissed by Charlie Kearns and he was replaced by Josh Mihill (33).  Dan Freeman continued to test the patience of the Spalding bowlers, punishing the bad balls, and when Josh was replaced by captain Nurse (55*), who was subsequently joined by Daniel Webb (39),  the relentless scoring picked up speed.  Freeman was eventually dismissed by Jack Barratt but not before he passed three figures and ended with 122.

The Grantham bowlers made an early breakthrough when James Hook was clean-bowled by Joe Peck but Spalding put together a tidy partnership of 84 to put them in contention.  Warren Nel (49) and Josh Newton (52) were just starting to gain momentum before Peck made a second vital breakthrough skittling Newton in the 24th over.  From that point wickets were easier to come by with Peck leading the bowlers and collecting 4 more wickets to finish with figures of 6-50.  The big victory over Spalding puts Grantham 8th in the league and in a strong position when they play Market Rasen next weekend.