CRICKET: Bad weekend at the crease for Caistor

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Caistor Cricket Club had a bad weekend at the crease as the 1st and 2nd teams lost and the 3rd team saw their game abandoned.

The 1sts welcomed Scunthorpe 1sts to Brigg Road and having lost the toss were put into bat.

Harry Boulton and Gareth Johnson formed a strong opening partnership, scoring 17 and 45 respectively. Lane Tutty added another 30, but the rest of the batting line-up folded and Caistor were dismissed for 117 in 33 overs.

Caistor’s bowlers had the perfect start, Paul Jackson and Sean Woolley removing the visitor’s openers for 7. Jamie Brumby then hit 25 for Scunthorpe and Ian Snowden saw Scunthorpe home to 118 for 5, hitting 68 not out.

In the Lincolnshire League Second Division, top of the table Caistor 2nds went down to second placed rivals Louth 2nds.

Opener Stuart Costello was the star for Louth hitting a century before being run out for exactly 100. He had little support from his teammates until Ryan Farrow came to the crease at number 10, hitting an undefeated 23 to move Caistor onto 157 for 9 in 45 overs.

With the ball in hand, Caistor’s bowlers set about removing Louth’s batting line-up Costello and Chris Laister removing the opening four batsmen for just 18.

When Regardt Koen’s was run out for 32, Caistor will have been feeling confident of wiping up the Louth tail. But an unbroken 10th wicket partnership from Phil Nicholson and Phil Burrell, 41 and 44 not out, saw Louth over the finishing line in 43 overs on 159 for 9.

Caistor 2nds remain top and have no more games left to play, so all eyes will be on Louth’s last match this weekend away at Grimsby Town. Caistor know they need Grimsby to do them a favour if they are to be crowned champions.

Caistor 3rds travelled to face Cleethorpes 4th in the fourth division on Saturday, but only 28 overs were played before the match was abandoned with Clee on 146 for 4.

This Saturday the 1sts host Broughton and on Sunday Caistor 3rds travel to Broughton 2nds.