1st XI Match Report – 25th July 2015

07/31/2015

Grantham hosted Market Rasen on Saturday and it was a welcome return to form for the home side as the picked up the full 20 points over a side battling to stay afloat in the league. After losing the toss, Grantham were astonished to be asked to bowl on a pitch that had more than a tinge of green and was soft from the previous week’s rain. The overcast conditions were bound to favour the Grantham seamers and it didn’t take long for the first breakthrough. A hooping away-swinger from opener Joe Peck started the Grantham account in the third over when the leading edge was caught by Jamie Brumby at point. Fellow opener Dan Freeman (5-19) was relishing the conditions and challenged the batsmen all day with aggressive bowling. There was not much resistance to the Grantham attack as the visitors struggled to a total of just 82.

Not satisfied with 5 wickets for the day, Dan Freeman then led the batters to victory scoring an unbeaten 51 from the top of the order. Market Rasen did manage to take away a solitary point from the match as they claimed 4 wickets in the day, but a comprehensive victory from Grantham sees them draw level with the visiting side. Grantham are at home again next week against Spalding and they will be looking to repeat the performance against the league’s backmarkers and start securing their place for the 2016 season.