Caistor off to a great start with second win on the bounce

Caistor cricket team
Caistor cricket team

CAISTOR Town Cricket Club made it two wins from their two played matches to date to gain an excellent start to their Lincolnshire Premier League season.

They started with a win over Broughton at Caistor by two wickets.

Batting first Broughton hit 140 for 6, Caistor replying with 141-8. Then came a seven wicket success over Cleethopes 2nd as many of their rivals struggled to get games played on saturated grounds after the wettest April and first half of May on record.

Batting first Cleethorpes 2nds posted 131 (Airey 79) at Brigg Road. Sahan Wijerathne with 4 for 23, Tom Boryszczuk with 3 for 31 and Paul Dimbleby with 3 for 44, were the main Caistor wicket takers.

Caistor eased home on 132 for three for a seven wicket win, Wijerathne hitting an unbeaten 36,

Harry Boulton 37 and Peter Briggs 23.

That Caistor have played these home games, as well as 2nd team and Sunday matches, is a great tribute to groundsman Ernie Allison who starts his 50th season in local cricket with the club.

Our other local Premier League team South Kelsey were among those to have their games called off, the Lysaghts ground at Holton le Moor deemed unplayable due to the deluge.

In Division 1 there was a win for Keelby. Keelby hit 100 then Scunthorpe Town 2nds collapsed to 49 (Richard McLellan 6-16).

In Division 2 Messingham 2nds hit 194 for four (Ian Dawson 103 not out) against Caistor 2nds, who could only total 131 and were defeated by 63 runs, while in the same league Owmby beat Washingborough by 21 runs. Owmby posted 130, Washingborough replied with 109.

In Division three South Kelsey 2nds had a fine win hitting 183 for seven (Dave Browne 59, Ben Charlesworth-Browne 49) and then getting Broughton 2nds all back in the hutch for 106 (Chris Horsfall 5 for 20).

Hibaldstow also won well scoring 104 and then dismissing Barton Town 2nds for 80.

In Division four Morton v Keelby 2nds and Holton-le-Clay 2nds v Caistor 3rds were cancelled due to unfit conditions, these local sides also taking five points.