The weekend started with fears of all games being washed out, thanks to storm Hannah, but luckily 3 of our 4 games went ahead albeit most with reduced overs. And what a great weekend it was!
The 1st team hosted Market Deeping CC who won the toss and decided to bat first. Grantham opening bowler Dan Freeman was on fire taking a bundle of early wickets, ending with figures of 5 for 25 off his 8 overs. Sam Boyns supported him well taking 4 wickets for 15 runs off 6 overs. Market Deeping were bowled out for 87 runs, a meager target from Grantham’s strong batting lineup. Grantham scored the winning runs within 19 overs with Ross Carnelley top scoring with 49 runs getting bowled just one run short of his half century!
The 2nd team played away at Boston, a formidable foe. Grantham won the toss and sent Boston in to bat. Boston struggled to 122 all out with some exceptional seam bowling from Rahul Kumar taking 5 wickets for 33 runs off 11 overs. All the other bowlers were in the wickets as well making it a great all round effort.
Grantham chased the score down in 43 overs after a very shaky start. The ship was steadied by Taylor Fell who finished on 22 not out and Alex Kettle top scoring with 23 runs. A tough game but Grantham showed grit to claim their second victory of the season.
On Sunday the Sunday 2nds hosted Egerton Park CC. Egerton won the toss and decided to bat. They started strong but Grantham bowlers came back with a vengeance sharing the wickets amongst them. Jared Hackney took 2 wickets for 27 runs, removing the middle stump from the ground on back to back balls! It was a treat of true swing bowling. Captain Ben Kennedy-Short also took two late wickets for 16 runs. Egerton managed 172 runs for 7 wickets in their allotted 32 overs. Opening batsman Tom Mold ended on 81 not out, a sterling effort in the situation.
Grantham CC chasing 173 for victory had a wobbly start, losing both openers early before a partnership between no3 Shaun Simes (42 runs) and Ben Kennedy-Short (53 runs) got them back on track. Edgerton had some hope after removing both of them but no 5 Chris Saunders and no 6 Alex Hackney showed true grit hitting the winning runs with an over to spare. A brilliant game of cricket played with great spirit between the teams.