1st XI Report
Grantham’s victory over Louth ensured that Grantham will play at Gorse Lane in the Semi Final of the ECB Lincs Premier Division. Louth’s day got off to the worst start possible on a damp wicket due to the previous weeks weather Grantham skipper Carl Wilson inserted them into bat. That start continued with Curtis Freeman (2-26) dismissing Louth opening batsman Andrew White for a duck. None of the Louth’s batsman were able to dominate against the Grantham bowlers and they were able to take a steady stream of wickets, dismissing Louth for 150. Fast Bowler Mark Footitt (3-21) was the pick of the Grantham bowlers.
The Grantham openers started off slowly, with tight lines from the Louth bowlers and the wicket playing its part, Grantham’s start was slow. However, both openers were able to fend against the new ball which would allow the lower order to express themselves. Ben Coddington (50*) just did that after walking to the wicket after the loss of Jaden Fell (20). Coddington was able to put bat to ball and manipulate the field. Grantham were able to chase the total with 3 overs to spare.
Grantham’s victory see’s them play rivals Bracebridge Heath at Gorse Lane this Saturday starting at 11:30. It is sure to be a cracking day with the pavilion open to members of the public, and bright sunshine forecast for the occasion.
2nd XI Report
Grantham 2nd XI were rampant in victory over an incredibly young and inexperienced Spalding side who fielded 9 U18 players. Spalding won the toss and elected to bat. After a wayward first over from bowler Ryan Wilson Law, the Grantham bowlers were rampant in their approach to the Spalding batsman. Rahul Kumar, Sam Durham, Jared Hackney, and Matthew Barry each picked up 2 wickets. Extras top scored for the Spalding team after Grantham gave away an incredible 25 runs, including 14 wides.
Grantham opening batsman Oliver Barry (22*) and Stewart Mudie (27*) were able to seal victory for the Grantham side within 12 overs. Victory over Bourne in 2 weeks’ time could see the 2nd XI finish 3rd in the league.
3rd XI Report
The Grantham 3rd XI made it an emphatic Saturday for the Grantham sides making it 3 in 3 wins. Youngsters Rex Whitehurst (51) and Ashton Fell (48) got Grantham off to an excellent start setting a platform for the lower order to power Grantham to a competitive total, and Ben Kennedy-Short (82*) was able to provide that power hitting. Clearing the boundary on multiple occasions and punishing any wayward bowling.
With an impressive total it was very much the case of not how but when Grantham would seal victory. The bowling was very much shared around the young bowling core of the Grantham bowlers, with Rex Whitehurst, Ashton Fell, Alfie White and Seth Roberts each picking up 2 wickets, dismissing the Uffington side in 34 overs. Simon Larter (69) was able to provide some resistance against the Grantham bowlers.
Sunday XI Report
Grantham Sunday XI made it 4 in 4 wins for an incredible weekend for Grantham Cricket Club. Wreake Nomads won the toss and elected to bat. S. Payne (29) was able to provide an excellent start for the opposition capatalising on anything loose from the Grantham bowlers. However, with the introduction of off spinner Mason Hildreth (3-18) he was pinned LBW. Mason provided excellent control for the Grantham in his spell of 8 overs. S. Singh (55*) provided some momentum towards the end of the innings giving Wreake Nomads a competitive total.
Grantham’s start couldn’t have had a better start and both of Grantham’s young opening batsman rose to the occasion opening with a stand of 103. Taylor Fell (52) played with a real authority punishing on any width offered to him. But it was Grantham’s other opener who stole the show and carried his bat to see Grantham to victory. Seth Roberts (81*) scored his first ever senior 50 and the youngster showed his excellence through the match, going through the gears ensuring Grantham would seal victory with overs to spare.