1st XI Report
Grantham’s unbeaten run continues into the final after an emphatic victory over rivals Bracebridge Heath in the semi final of the ECB Lincolnshire Premiership. Bracebridge won the toss and elected to bat on a sunny day at Gorse Lane. Bracebridge’s innings never took momentum at any stage as the Grantham bowlers were able to continually take wickets throughout the innings. Only Vikram Atri (46) who was the only visiting batsman to provide any real fight against a dominate Grantham bowling attack. Mark Footitt (3-19) once again lead the charge for the Grantham bowlers not only bowling with an attacking flair but kept scoring opportunities to a minimum. Daniel Freeman and Curtis Free were both able to pick up 2 wickets during the innings, with Grantham causing 2 run outs.
With a modest total and a bowling attack that contained several minor counties bowlers Bracebridge were within a chance to cause Grantham some early grief. However, Both Grantham openers thought otherwise and piled on 75 runs before the fall of Jaden Fell (19) it was left to his partner Ross Carnelley (77*) playing an impressive innings capitalising on any poor bowling from the Bracebridge bowlers and guiding Grantham to the finals.
Grantham’s impressive victory sees them play Lindum CC in the grand final at Bourne’s home ground, Abbey Lawn. Starting at 11:30 members of the public are welcomed to come and spectate two fantastic teams in action.
2nd XI Report
Grantham 2nd XI see victory over Boston in a local victory. 2 of Grantham’s youngsters shone with both bat and ball. After winning the toss and electing to bat on a bright Indian sunshine as Boston’s top and middle order collapses to 37-6 with both Grantham opening bowlers cause the damage. Rahul Kumar (3-51) bowled tight lines continuously making the batsman play, resulted in his 3 wickets either to be bowled or LBW. However, his bowling partner stole the show with an impressive 5-fer, Jared Hackney (5-20) bowled excellent line and length swinging the ball both ways, he bamboozled the Boston bowlers dismissing 4 out of the top 5 batsmen.
Grantham’s Batsmen were soon into there work with Martin Parmley (33) eager to get the game finished scored 14 off the 2nd over of Grantham’s innings. With a slight wobble Grantham’s innings could of gone one of two ways. Thankfully, another Grantham youngster in the form of Matthew Barry (31*) was able to guide Grantham to victory with over 10 overs to spare.
Grantham final match is at home this weekend at Gorse Lane. Against 2nd placed Bourne it is a fantastic chance for the young team to potentially finish 3rd in the league after an early rocky start to the short season. The club welcomes members of the public with the pavilion open and Covid protocols in place. The match starts at 12:30.