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.

2nd XI Match Report – 25th July 2015

Grantham 2nd travelled to Spalding knowing that this was a must-win game for both sides and, after losing the toss were asked to bat first after the covers had leaked in a couple of areas. Ady Wing and Stewart Mudie (39) opened and soon found that scoring was difficult on a slow wicket combined with a slow outfield but both grafted to put on 66 for the first wicket before Mudie was out. The top order all contributed after Wing (32) became the second of five victims for Answar Hussein. James Cameron-Clarke (21), Martin Parmley (27) and Danny Ashley(32) then pushed the total up to 172.

Recognising that pace off the ball was difficult to score off Grantham opened with Joe Farmer who bowled excellent lines producing figures of 10 overs, 5 maidens 0 for 7 but it was his partner, Danny Ashley who took the plaudits with 7 for 30 and took Spalding apart giving Grantham a well deserved victory.

1st XI Match Report – 25th July 2015

Grantham hosted Market Rasen on Saturday and it was a welcome return to form for the home side as the picked up the full 20 points over a side battling to stay afloat in the league. After losing the toss, Grantham were astonished to be asked to bowl on a pitch that had more than a tinge of green and was soft from the previous week’s rain. The overcast conditions were bound to favour the Grantham seamers and it didn’t take long for the first breakthrough. A hooping away-swinger from opener Joe Peck started the Grantham account in the third over when the leading edge was caught by Jamie Brumby at point. Fellow opener Dan Freeman (5-19) was relishing the conditions and challenged the batsmen all day with aggressive bowling. There was not much resistance to the Grantham attack as the visitors struggled to a total of just 82.

Not satisfied with 5 wickets for the day, Dan Freeman then led the batters to victory scoring an unbeaten 51 from the top of the order. Market Rasen did manage to take away a solitary point from the match as they claimed 4 wickets in the day, but a comprehensive victory from Grantham sees them draw level with the visiting side. Grantham are at home again next week against Spalding and they will be looking to repeat the performance against the league’s backmarkers and start securing their place for the 2016 season.

Thursday XI Match Report – 23rd July 2015

Frank Woodhead Cup Final

As the captains tossed the green surface on the wicket looked perfect for Grantham’s seamers that caused Oakham grief last time the two sides met. Oakham won the first battle however and chose to have a go at Grantham’s batters first. This decision was justified after just two balls of the match when opener David Whapplington was undone by a perfect in-swinging Yorker. From that point however Grantham took hold of the game and piled on the runs as Oakham tried to subdue Rohan Nurse (82*) and Matt Wing (60*). Grantham set a formidable target of 163 for victory in just 18 overs.

Oakham weren’t going to go down without a fight and they were up with the run rate all the way until the 14th over. Despite the efforts of C Flowers (43) and someone else who got runs the pressure to maintain a 9-per-over run rate was too much for Oakham and they finished 20 runs short. 4 catches on the boundary from Matt Tavaré and Rahul Kumar dismissed the key men for Oakham and the bowling of Neil Stevenson (4-32) and Joe Peck (2-28) kept the Oakham middle order constrained.