CAISTOR Cricket Club were proud winners of the George Marshall Cup late last August when they overcame Alkborough in a memorable final staged at Grimsby Town’s Augusta Street Ground.
Last Saturday was the first round of this season’s competition and a welcome break from league action for Caistor after four successive defeats got the season off to a bad start.
And it gave a chance for batsmen to get runs under their belts and bowlers to get wickets against lesser opposition from the lower leagues.
It proved a rewarding day as Caistor 1st team tasted victory for the first time this season with an emphatic win at Division 3 Immingham.
Immingham batted first and there was an opening stand of 49 before the Caistor attack made inroads.
Then the home side gradually subsided to 136 all out, as spinner Tom Boryszczuk with 3 for 25, Paul Jackson 2 for 13 and Tim Brown with 3 for 34 took over.
Ryan McKitton deputised behind the stumps for the injured Gareth Johnson and claimed two victims.
Caistor Town had no trouble knocking off the runs, scoring the 137 needed for the loss of only one wicket.
The opening pair of Ryan McKitton and Harry Boulton never looked in too much danger until McKitton was caught and bowled by Chris Laister for 52.
Boulton remained unbeaten on 53 as Caistor passed their target for the loss of the single wicket.
Sahan Wijerathne was also unbeaten on 14 when the win came.
Caistor 2nds are out of the Bob Welton Cup after losing to Messingnham 2nds, the top seeds in the competition who play one league higher in Division One.
There was some good batting by both sides on Ernie Allison’s immaculate Caistor square with scores topping 200 and Kev Parker scoring a half-century for Caistor.
Messingham 2nds hit 239 with Matthew Brown taking three wickets and skipper Dan Healey two in the Caistor attack.
Richard Dannatt hit 85 and Dave Dawson 45 for Messingham. Caistor’s strong reply included 52 from Kevin Parker, 40 from Jim Parker and 32 from Andrew Pearson as the innings closed on 200 for seven, Caistor losing by 39 runs.
Amidst the cup action there was one league game played at Hibaldstow in Division 4, in which Caistor 3rds lost by eight runs to Scunthorpe Town 3rds.
Scunthorpe posted a total of 159. Spinner Terry McKitton captured 4 for 46 and Henry Gillett took 4 for 21 in the Caistor attack.
Then club chairman Dave Gowshall made 43, Peter Jacob 25 and Gillett 28 for Caistor in a losing cause, the innings closing on 151.
This weeks fixtures:
Caistor 1st v Horncastle away
Caistor 2nd v Owmby home
Caistor 3rd Holton le Clay away.
Sunday North Lindsey League
Caistor Cougars v Cleethorpes home
Caistor 1st Alford away
Caistor 3rd v Broughton home.