CRICKET: Bad weekend for Caistor 1sts and 2nds

Harry Boulton in his innings of 56 for Caistor Cougars in their cup win on Sunday over Hibaldstow. Kieron Harris is the Hibaldstow bowler and Chris Nash the keeper.

Harry Boulton in his innings of 56 for Caistor Cougars in their cup win on Sunday over Hibaldstow. Kieron Harris is the Hibaldstow bowler and Chris Nash the keeper.

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Rain put a dampener on Saturday’s Lincolnshire League cricket programme.

Caistor 1st team were lucky in the sense they got a game in but went down by four wickets at Barton Town,

Caistor were put in by their hosts and in cool and overcast conditions life was never going to be easy for batsmen. The Caistor top order failed to deliver again. This time the in form Harry Boulton went cheaply and Garreth Johnson, promoted to open, soon followed for 6. Skipper Liam Wood followed without troubling the scorers.

Paul Dimbleby with 12 and Jim Parker with 14 were unable to resist the home attack for long. Despite 18 from Nathan Davis Caistor could only score 100 and were all out in 39 overs.

Caistor’s opening bowlers Paul Jackson and Paul Dimbleby completed 35 overs between them,Jackson claiming three wickets and his pace colleague one, but Barton got home at 101 for 6.

In Division 2 Caistor 2nds were involved in a cracking game when they made the short trip across the Ancholme to Hibaldstow.

Caistor skipper Kev Parker won the toss and in the damp conditions elected to insert the home side. Hibaldstow batted above expectation though as they posted 181 with the in form Mark Nicholson and Adam Barker hitting 64 and 47 not out respectively.

A welcome sight for Caistor was the appearance of former ECB League star James France after a long lay off. He took one wicket to add to those of Ryan Farrow and Chris Laister who had two apiece. It looked like a close game was on the cards as, Kev Parker (35),Dan Mawer (23) Andy Pearson (33) and France (27) all got runs.

But Gary Dixon took three wickets and Carl Nazareth and Kiaron Harris two each as Caistor fell four runs short.

on 177 all out. It was an excellent game though and both sides can take credit.

There was a return on Sunday as Caistor Cougars entertained Hibaldstow in Round 1 of The Amazing Smile Cup. Nathan Davis’s side progressed in a high scoring game. Hibaldstow hit 209 for 6, Caistor replying with 210 for 3 to go through.