Month: June 2015

3rd XI Match Report – 20th June 2015

Grantham 3rd XI fell foul of the rain on Saturday when Long Sutton made the trip to Gorse Lane.  The home side posted an impressive total of 197 for 6 in their 45 overs with Ben Kennedy-Short scoring 50 before eventually being dismissed by James Booth.

In reply, Long Sutton scored quickly, already 45 for 2 after 8 overs, but the rain fell heavily and the teams were forced to concede defeat to mother nature as the match was abandoned.

1st XI Match Report – 21st June 2015

Grantham welcomed Sileby to Gorse Lane on Sunday and it was a comprehensive victory for the home side.  Wickets were shared between Danny Ashley (4-26) and Neil Stevenson (4-13).  Ryan Dawson (43) led the attack for the away team but it was Neil Stevenson who sent a big-turning off-spinner through the gate and on to the stumps.  Wickets fell quickly without the visitors troubling the scoreboard as Sileby limped to a total of 95.

Grantham only lost a single wicket in reply and it was a smart half century for opener Stewart Mudie who finished unbeaten on 54 as the home side passed the required total.  Danny Ashley added to his 4 wickets with 30 runs of his own and Grantham picked up the full 20 points from the day.

1st XI Match Report – 20th June 2015

On Saturday Grantham CC returned to their much needed winning ways with an enthralling victory vs Lindum CC at Gorse Lane. After being asked to bat first on a pacey wicket, the Grantham top order batsmen found life difficult as the team was reduced to 39 for 3. But the team showed determination and battled hard to ensure that they batted the full 50 overs for only the third time this season. Grantham scored 153 with all-rounder Charles Wright making (33), Joe Peck (19*) and Matt Wing (16) .
Grantham took to the field with renewed optimism that 150 gave them a small chance, and this feeling was enhanced when Joe Peck took a wicket with his first delivery. This set the tone for things to come. Peck in a marathon spell of 17 consecutive overs removed the following 7 batsmen in a tremendous spell of fast bowling. His pace, accuracy and aggression proved too much for the Lindum batsmen. Peck produced his best ever bowling figures of 8-43 in what turned out to be a match winning performance. He was ably supported by Neel Stevenson who in spite of not taking a wicket kept the pressure on from the next end in his 17 overs as well. Lindum were eventually dismissed for 117 after a slight rain delay, but no rain could have stopped the emotions felt by the Grantham team who were in desperate need of a positive result.
Grantham travel to Sleaford next Saturday as they seek more positive results in this year’s ECB Premier League.

1st XI Match Report – 7th June 2015

The old rivalry was struck up once again when Grantham welcomed Belvoir to Gorse Lane. Captain Rohan Nurse won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket that was familiar to those who had played the day before. It was clear that if you battled through the first 15 overs of new ball bowling, runs would start to flow. Despite Belvoir’s early breakthrough dismissing Stewart Mudie for just 5 runs, Nurse and wicket-keeper Rory Johnson combined in a partnership of 76 which took the home side beyond the half way stage. After losing Rory (34) with the score on 102 Matthew Wing (26) joined Rohan at the crease and the runs started to flow. There were the occasional boundary but credit must be given to the pair who ran the vast majority of their 68 run partnership. Rohan was eventually dismissed in the final over for a score of 115 at better than a run a ball but by that point the damage was done.

It was up to Grantham’s bowlers to make inroads in to the Belvoir batting line up and utilise the new ball which was swinging all over the place. Neil Stevenson picked up where he left off Saturday and took a further 3 wickets for just 16 runs. He and fellow opener Joe Peck (2-14) removed the top 5 batters, with Daniel Ashley (2-21) claiming numbers 6 and 7 and by that point it seemed the job was done. Nurse tossed the ball to the younger players and Jake Unsworth and Adrian Wing both claimed a wicket in the hunt for full bonus points. Grantham fell just short of this mark, unable to get through the defences of either Andy Dann or Sam Hill.

2nd XI Match Report – 6th June 2015

Grantham 2nds visited Bourne with the Abbey Lawns looking in excellent condition, Bourne seizing the chance to bat first on an absolute belter of a wicket. Grantham bowled, without luck, and Bourne got away to a good start. J Bentley rode his luck and went on to make a fine 128, contributions all through the order pushed the total up to a daunting 303.

Grantham replied in a positive manner with Martin Parmley (40) and Simon Oakes putting on 90 for the first wickets and were matching Bourne’s tally. The loss of Parmley slowed the reply significantly and Grantham finished on 197 for 8 with the unfortunate Oakes run out on 98.

1st XI Match Report – 6th June 2015

Grantham welcomed Louth to Gorse Lane in a game that they were hoping would change their fortunes. Louth won the toss and decided to bat. Openers Laurence Scott (14) and Richard Bell (8) stuck around for a long while but runs were hard to come by. The wicket was doing a bit for the seamers and Neil Stevenson (3-57) was getting the ball to do all sorts from the bottom end. At the halfway stage Grantham felt in command with the visitors on 56-3. However, as the ball softened the batting became easier and runs started to flow for the Louth middle order who put together some handy partnerships as they battled to a final score of 196-9 in their allotted 50 overs.

Grantham’s batters have never struggled to score quickly so the number of overs was never likely to be a factor in the chase. Despite losing one wicket early on, Karanjit Bansal (49) scored freely before Andy Carrington had him caught behind after just 36 balls. The next three batsman came and went without reaching double figures and, once again, it was captain Rohan Nurse who steadied the ship with young new recruit Jamie Brumby. Nurse batted with command and Grantham’s journey to victory looked like plain sailing. Nurse (59) and Brumby (44) combined for a partnership of 92 and, even when that was broken with the score on 162, there were 5 wickets to get and only 35 left to score. Louth’s captain, Andy Carrington had not read the script however and took 3 wickets in the 35th over to put Grantham under a serious amount of pressure. This proved to be beyond Grantham when Carrington (6-46) took the final 2 wickets with 10 overs remaining and the home side short by just 20 runs.