Bank holiday Monday saw Grantham Cricket Club host the inaugural Mick Marsh 6-A-Side Trophy Blast Competition. The competition featured 5 teams including 2 from Grantham. The other sides to participate were Keyworth CC, Barkston & Syston CC, and Nocton CC.
The format consisted of 6 players from each team competing in a 5 over 8 ball format, with significantly smaller boundaries than usual, and with the use of a pink ball allowed rather than the usual standard red.
The opening rounds saw Keyworth face Nocton on the main square. Nocton batted first making 81 in their 5 overs. After the early dismissal of Pullum (0), Garfoot (28*) and Atkinson (46) both capitalised on anything wayward from the Keyworth bowlers. Atkinson would be dismissed on the final ball of the Nocton innings trapped LBW. Keyworth’s batsman struggled to captalise on the Nocton bowling and only Foster (29) was able to provide any threat to the Nocton score. Keyworth fell short and were dismissed all out for 46.
On the second pitch Grantham 2’s faced the local side from Barkston & Syston. After the dismissal of Johnson (2), it was his opening partner that punished anything from the Grantham bowlers making 62*, Barkston propelled themselves to 84 in their 5 overs. Tighter lines from the Barkston bowlers during their innings restricted the Grantham batsman with only J. Fell (41*) posing any threat to the score, however, Grantham fell short by 20 runs in defeat.
In the second round of fixtures saw both Grantham taste defeat. On the main square the Grantham 1’s faced Barkston. The Grantham batsman crawled to a below par score of 42, again J. Fell (22) posed some threat to the scoreboard. Barkston chased Grantham’s score within 3.4 overs, however, there was slight wobbles after both A. Fell and A. Hackney were able to pick up early wickets. Yet, Johnson (19*) batted through to secure victory for Barkston making it 2 wins in 2.
Nocton faced Grantham 2’s on the second pitch with Nocton opening the batting they unleashed fury onto the Grantham bowlers totaling 107 in there 5 overs. Garfoot (63*) cleared the boundaries on regular occasions with his first scoring shot of the innings a straight drive over the head bowler for 6. The young Grantham side were very much against it from the off and were only able to make 42 from there 5 overs. S. Roberts (25*) battled hard against the Nocton bowlers and finished off in style with the final ball of the match being dispatched for 6.
The third round of fixtures saw Grantham 2’s face off against Keyworth. Both Grantham openers J. Hackney (20) and R. Whitehurst (17*) started well for Grantham with the side finishing on 45, with early wickets Grantham were within chance of victory. That is what exactly happened for the Grantham side both Keyworth openers dismissed early in their innings Grantham were on top. But, B. Atkinson (26*) thought otherwise and was able to guide Keyworth to victory.
Grantham 1’s played against Nocton, with Grantham opening the batting. Both openers played through the entire innings with J. Fell (33*) and T. Fell (21*) taking the Grantham total to 62. Grantham’s bowling attack was able to keep the explosive Nocton batting attack within check throughout and Nocton just crept over the line with victory in the last over. Griffiths (20*) and Garfoot (19*) were able to keep a track of the run rate and achieve victory for the Nocton side.
The fourth round of fixtures saw both unbeaten sides in Barkston and Nocton play each other. The Nocton side batted first and registered another impressive score of 89 off their allocated overs, with Atkinson (47) providing the backbone of the innings. The Barkston batting line up was unable to keep up with the growing run rate as the Nocton bowlers took early wickets in the opening 2 overs. Only Johnson (35*) was able to provide any resilience as Barkston fell short by 15 runs.
Grantham 1’s faced Keyworth on the second pitch with Keyworth batting first setting a defendable score of 79 much to the efforts of the power hitting of S. Foster (41). Foster started slowly, but his final 7 balls scored 32 incredible hard hitting runs much to the expense of bowler A. Hackney who was dispatched for 35 runs is his over. The Grantham batsmen were unable to provide that hard-hitting batting prowess and stumbled to 41 in their 5 overs.
In the final round of fixtures saw the highly anticipated derby between the Grantham sides, with both teams 4 from 4 in losses it was very much pride at stake and not receiving the wooden spoon. Grantham 1’s batted first and lost wickets at regular intervals with opening bowler J. Hackney picking up 2 in his over the Grantham 1’s score stuttered to 43. Grantham 1’s needed early wickets and got that with there first ball with J. Fell bowling opener M. Everett for a Golden Duck! However, both J. Hackney (20*) and S. Durham (21*) saw Grantham 2’s to victory with 3 balls to spare.
Keyworth faced early front runners Barkston in the final match, however, were defeated in spectacular fashion as S. Foster (81*) produced a spectacular innings laden with boundaries, he put the Barkston bowlers to the sword throughout his innings. Barkston’s batsmen were unable to replicate this and fell short of Kenworth’s score by a deficit of 35 runs.
Congratulations to Nocton CC who were crowned champions of the Mick Marsh winning all 5 of there fixtures.
Grantham Cricket Club chairman Ian Mihill was delighted with the days effort saying: ‘The 6 aside Tournament proved to be a great success on a day when the sun actually shone! It was great to see so many people competing and enjoying the event and my thanks to all competitors and to Max Everett for organising it. We will definitely do it next year with a maximum of 8 teams and will publish the dates well in advance. Let’s hope the Mick Marsh 6 aside trophy becomes an annual event we can all look forward to.’ Once again we thank all the players and participating teams in this years competition and Grantham will be looking to organise the Mick Marsh Trophy for future years incorporating more teams into the competition and making it an exciting event in the Grantham cricket calendar.
Top Left: Barkston, Top Right: Nocton, Middle Right: Keyworth, Bottom: Grantham 1’s and 2’s.