Weekend Review 05/09/2020

The final play-off spots have finally been decided as the Lincolnshire County Board Premier League draws to a close and the final two have been decided in the Challenge trophy.

During a weekend full of anticipation, tension and drama, ten teams became four as Bracebridge Heath and Bourne join Grantham and Lindum in the Wilkinson Trophy semi-finals. Meanwhile in the Challenge Trophy, four teams became two, as Caistor and Cleethorpes 2nds reach the final.

Challenge Trophy

Caistor and Cleethorpes 2nds have made the final of the Challenge Trophy with victories over Lindum 2nds and Messingham.

Caistor stated off the day as they meant to go on, with captain Keiran Brooker winning the toss and electing to field. An early wicket saw Lindum reduced to 4-1in the 3rd over. A brief fight back saw Lindum get to 32 runs before losing their second wicket when Paul Jackson cleaned up Euan Pickering for 19. A share of the wickets, including 3 a piece for Brooker and Rory Ronaldson, saw Lindum skittled for 60.

A good start for Caistor saw them get to 24 before losing their first wicket as the skipper was trapped LWB. A quick flurry of wickets saw Lindum claim 3 wickets for 18 runs, but Will Carter saw the home team over the line with an unbeaten 28.

Cleethorpes had a good result away at Messingham as they advance to the final. Messingham won the toss and decided to field first at Memorial Playing Fields. Despite this, Cleethorpes where the ones who came out on top, after half centuries for both Ben Rogers (56) and Eddie Carlton (62). Cleethorpes ended their innings on 172 all out, with George Drewery taking the best figures 3-29.

Messingham, fell 25 runs short finishing all out for 147, Andrew Langford top scoring with 32. This victory sees Cleethorpes 2nds take on Caistor this Saturday at Barton on Humber CC.

County Board Premier League

A Thrilling but tense end to the domestic cricket season saw Bracebridge Heath and Bourne advance to the play-off semi-finals to take on Grantham and Lindum.

On a cold afternoon at Market Deeping, Bracebridge sought victory to earn the final play-off position. The day didn’t start as planned for the Peacocks however as Deeping won the toss and elected to bat first. A 36 run opening partnership started the South Lincolnshire sides total before Ben Whitehouse took the wicket of Josh Smith for 19. Smith’s opening partner for the day, Connor Gillett, proved to be the star with the bat for Deeping as his well-made 33 was the top score of the innings, before he was dismissed by Alex Moor at 99-4.

Deeping ended their innings on 137-9 inside the 40 overs. The stand out performers being Andrew Carter and Ben Whitehouse, both with 3 wickets and Alex Moor with 2. The innings of Bracebridge started well as a few quick sixes from opener Martyn Dobson got the visitors off to a good start. Deeping fought back quickly though taking 3 wickets for 10 runs, dismissing Martyn Dobson, Brett Houston and Nick John.

Contributions from Kit Spence (23), and Alex Willerton (23) saw the Peacocks towards the finish line before Olly Humphreys and Alex Moor saw the visitors over the line with 21 balls to go.  The win was enough to ensure the final spot for the Peacocks. They finish on 16 points in the Wilkinson Trophy 2 points ahead of Louth who lost to Grantham by 5 wickets.

Meanwhile in Division South, Bourne secured the opportunity to take on Lindum in the other play-off semi-final.

In what looked to be a very dominant performance by the visitors, Bourne cruised into the semi-finals with a 136-run victory against Sleaford. Winning the toss, Bourne chose to bat first. A very strong opening partnership between Sam Evison (56) and Jack Berry (44) saw the visiting side with 109 runs before the first wicket fell. After losing their first wicket, the visitors then lost two more in quick succession, slipping to 122-3. Other contributions from Peter Morgan (22) and Archie Stroud (31) helped Bourne to post 205 all out. Drew Harbron being the stand out bowler taking 5-55.

This proved to be too much for Sleaford as they were bowled all out for 69. Aayush Aptel was the top scorer for Sleaford with 17. Bourne bowlers Colin Cheer (3-19) and Tom Bentley (4-5) were the standout performers for victorious side.

Elsewhere, In Division Inter, Louth finished a good season with a loss to an undefeated Grantham side, Richard Bell (27, 1-44) and Stewart West (29) being the Wolves stand out players. Mark Footitt (3-21), Ross Carnelley (37) and Ben Coddington (50) impressed for Grantham

Also in Division Inter, Boston finished their campaign with a loss to the other undefeated side, Lindum. Matthew Poole (22), Tom Poole (23) and Jonathan Cheer (21) stood out with the bat for Boston and Martin Hodgson (4-24) starred. Lindums William Wright (99*) continued his impressive form with another not out, his 3rd of the season.

Finally, in Division North, Scunthorpe Town finished their season on a high defeating Woodhall Spa by 5 wickets. Oliver Caswell (27), Paul Timby (2-19) and Tom Caswell (22) stood out for the home side, while Danile Cliffe (3-16) and Jamie Brumby (41) were instrumental in securing a win for Scunthorpe in their final action of 2020.

These results mean that Bracebridge will travel to Grantham, while Bourne host Lindum at Abbey Lawn, Saturday 12th Sept, both 12 o’clock starts.

By George Conway