Caistor Cricket Club finds its stride

Caistor Cricket Club appear to have put their early season problems behind them as they won their third game in a row.

This time it was by a very convincing eight wicket margin at home to Bracebridge Heath 2nds in the Lincolnshire League Premier Division, a win that takes them into comfortable mid-table territory.

The Lincoln visitors were dismissed for just 95, Danny Vannet and Paul Dimbleby both taking three wickets.

Dimbleby produced another excellent opening spell, his 11 overs costing 20 runs and yielding those three wickets.

Lewis Jefferson also had success at the other end, picking up two wickets. Spinner Tom Boryszczuk claimed one victim as Bracebridge Heath collapsed. Vannet then cleaned up in spectacular style, his three victims coming in a mere 3.2 overs.

Ryan McKitton hit an unbeaten half-century as Caistor claimed another 20 point maximum. Caistor finished on 97 for two (Ryan McKitton 56 not out).

There had been some shakey moments in the innings however, particularly when star batsman Sahan Wijerathne was bowled by Josh Lee without scoring. Peter Briggs with 20 not out helped McKitton see Caistor over the line.

In Division 2 there is no stopping Caistor 2nds, who stay second just behind table topping Market Rasen.

Caistor 2nd, like their neighbours down the A46, remain unbeaten, but it was a close call in their latest match at Alkborough 2nds before they won by three wickets.

Kev Parker passed 50, but again it was skipper Dan Healey who played crucial roles with both bat and ball in a fine all round effort for his side.

Alkborough 2nds hit 181 for eight, Neil Gray top scoring with 74. Tim Brown with 2 for 24, Dan Healey 3 for 66 and Ryan Farrow 1 for 23 were the Caistor wicket takers.

Caistor 2nds hit 182 for seven in their reply, runs coming from Kev Parker 52, Dan Healey 33 and Paul Jackson late on in the innings with 30.

There was no game for the local area’s next highest club, as South Kelsey 1st team had a blank Saturday in Division 1.

Owmby moved off the foot of the table in Division 2, registering their second successive win with a 45-run home victory over fellow strugglers Stamford Homes.

There was a fine all round display from Ciaron Deegan for the Todmoor team, scoring 46 and taking five wickets at the meagre cost of just 19.

Scores were-Owmby 155 for seven, Stamford Homes 110 (Deegan 5-19).

In Divisioon 3 South Kelsey 2nds suffered a seven wicket reverse at Barton Town 2nds, Phil Pearson’s villagers making only 98 on a good batting track, then suffering as home batsmen hit out powerfully to finish things in double quick time on 99 for 3.

Also in Division 3 Hibaldstow registered another fine win. Batting first they posted an impressive 209 for 6, with John Taylor top scoring with 79, and Tom Taylor adding 56. Old Lincolnians were well short on 148 as Hibaldstow won by 61 runs.

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Caistor 2nds skipper Dan Healey who had a fine all round match as his side beat Alkborough 2nd to stay close behind Market Rasen in Division 2.