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.

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