Following the success against Spalding last week, Grantham were in high spirits as they prepared to play only their second home game of the league campaign against Market Deeping. An injury in the warm up to wicketkeeper Josh Mihill was a setback but, after numerous phone calls, Rory Johnson stepped in and the team were ready to go again once more. Captain Rohan Nurse won the toss and inserted the opposition on a green seamer; a decision vindicated when opening bowler, Joe Peck struck in just the third over. However, wickets were hard to come by and the patience and experience of Deeping’s batters meant they were soon scoring freely. Grantham’s bowler showed a characteristic lack of discipline and extras mounted up: something that they must address. However, Grantham did take a flurry of wickets late on thanks to Karanjit Bansal (5-61) and they had some momentum as they began to bat.
Unfortunately the aggressive line of Deeping’s openers, Thomas Andrews and Patrick Brown, caused Grantham problems early on and wickets began to tumble. Captain Nurse top scored for Grantham with 40 but no one else troubled the scorers much beyond double figures. A difficult day was brought to a farcical conclusion when the final batsman was run out following a dropped catch. Grantham have some issues to address before they start a run of demanding games away against Bourne next Saturday.