1st XI Match Report – 18th July 2015

07/22/2015

Grantham travelled back in time on Saturday to face Woodhall Spa during the annual 1940’s festival. As the Big Bands played and the tanks thundered, Grantham buttoned up their shirts and buckled their pads ready to bat against a side placed second in the league.

Dan Freeman (46) and Dan Webb (15) took to the pitch and it was a promising start for the travellers as the opener pair played with freedom and put on 34 for the first wicket. Unfortunately wickets began to fell with more frequency as the innings progressed. It was a familiar face doing the damage too as Malinga Bandara took his second 6-fer of the season against Grantham and Grantham struggled to a total of 163. Rohan Nurse managed to accumulate runs throughout the innings and ended as Grantham’s highest scorer with 53.

All was not lost for Grantham however and they took to the field with defiance and determination. After failing to make any early inroads Joe Peck was replaced by all-rounder Dan Freeman who managed to claim four victims in the day. Neil Stevenson bowled with consistent accuracy and claimed a single victim. Unfortunately the damage was done by opener Sam Evison (71) and Grantham could never generate the pressure to force mistakes from the Woodhall batters. A disappointing day for Grantham sees them move back down to the relegation zone. Market Rasen visit Gorse Lane and wins will become more and more crucial as the season reaches its conclusion.