Weekend Report – 22nd August 2020


1st XI Report

Grantham make it 5 in 5 after another emphatic victory over Market Deeping. Deeping struggled with the bat early on after Mason Hildreth (1-19) removed the Deeping opener with the score on 21. Soon after, Deeping was reeling at 56-5 after Mark Footitt (4-15) ripped through the top order- however a steady partnership between Sam Malton (29) and David Gillett (33) took the score past 100. But tight lines from all the Grantham bowlers throughout the innings enabled them to keep a hold of the run rate with Deeping only making a very below par score of 121.

            Grantham chase did not get off to the best of starts with Ross Carnelley being dismissed LBW first ball of the innings. However, that would be the only blip in the innings as Grantham chased down Deepings score within half of the allotted overs (18.1 Overs). Jaden Fell (39) and Ben Coddington (48*) both continued their fine form the previous week against Boston will an array of attacking shots. But, with the dismissal of Fell, Daniel Freeman (25*) continued with the attacking intent- scoring his quickfire 25 in 16 deliveries. Grantham are at home to Sleaford next week at Gorse Lane starting at 12, looking to continue with their 100% winning start.

2nd XI report

Grantham early season struggles have come to an end with their first victory of the season against local rivals Belton Park. Grantham won the toss and elected to bat which paid immediate dividends. Openers Stewart Mudie (54) and Martin Parmley (81) made an excellent start with the opening partnership of 154. With the outfield slow due to the heavy rainfall from the previous week, Grantham struggled for boundaries in the later stages of the innings; finishing on 189-6. Pick of the Belton Bowlers was Jack Ingamells (3-23).

3rd XI Report

Belton’s innings struggled from the start. Grantham’s opening bowlers were able to bowl tight lights and with the slow outfield Belton’s top order failed to keep up with the run rate. Only Joe Dickinson (51) and Daniel Reynolds (35) were the only batsman who looked combatable against the Grantham bowlers. Yet towards the end of the innings as the run rate was creeping to 8, an over Matthew Barry (2-31) struck to end the partnership. Rahul Kumar (3-28) was the pick on the Grantham bowlers.

Grantham had a tough and unfortunate day in the field. Its’ side included a handful of juniors who all help to contribute to their team efforts: including batting and bowling when skipper Charlotte Cross called upon them. Orton Park openers started off in fine fashion with Craig Whitworth (48) controlling Orton’s batting innings. Late hitting from Nick Bradbury (51 off 26) propelled the score into the 200’s which would have been a tough ask for the Grantham team. However, the day belonged to Jon Chell (94), who made an excellent innings in his efforts as an opener only to be undone 6 short of his century by the young leg spin of Grantham’s Alfie White (2-49).

            The Grantham batsman had an off day unfortunately with all but one falling in single figures- only young Ashton Fell (18) was able to get above 10, a tough day for the young Grantham team. Natalie Durham (4-22) was the pick of the bowlers for Orton Park bowling tight lines. Grantham are at home next week to Ancaster with a double header at Gorse Lane. It should be a cracking day with both First and Third teams at the ground. Play starts at 1pm.