Caistor Cricket Club 1sts can thank bowling heroics from Keiran Brooker and Paul Dimbleby for securing a three run win at home to Alkborough on Saturday.
Sitting on 113 with three wickets in hand and needing only six runs to win, nobody would have bet against the visitors.
But Brooker and Dimbleby had different ideas, dismissing the final three batsmen for just three runs.
Earlier in the afternoon Caistor had been put in to bat and were bowled out for just 118, Gareth Johnson, 32, and Paul Dimbleby, 23, top scoring for Caistor.
Alkborough’s reply started well and the visitors raced to 73-3. But once Oliver Barrick had dismissed both openers Paul Jackson and Paul Dimbleby made short work of the middle order, Jackson bowling eight maidens and taking three wickets, Dimbleby also finishing with three wickets to his name, before Brooker cleared up the tail end and ended Alkborough’s hopes.
Earlier in the week the 1sts had found it easier going against East Halton Cricket Club 1sts in the opening round of the George Marshall Trophy.
Caistor cruised to a 10 wicket win, Harry Boulton and Paul Ridley hitting 21 and 15 respectively to ease Caistor past East Halton paulty score of 40.
Caistor 2nds made the short journey to Hibaldstow 1sts on Saturday and came away with a 59 run victory.
Having won the toss Caistor elected to bat, a choice that looked to be the right decision as Stuart Costello and Kevin Parker moved the scoreboard onto 98 before the first wicket fell.
But after Costello and Parker were back in the clubhouse for 74 and 22 respectively, Carl Nazareth made short work of the Caistor middle order, taking five wickets in his 11 overs for 36 runs.
Tailenders Henry Gillot and Tim Brown added some late runs, hitting 32 between them, Caistor finishing on 156 all out.
Hibaldstow’s reply started positvely and at 48 for 2 the game was on, Mark Nicholson leading the attack with a knock of 27.
Cue a batting collapse as Henry Gillot racked up four wickets and the thorn in Hibalstow’s side all afternoon Costello helping himself to three wickets. Chris Laister chipped in with two wickets and Tim Brown one to see Hibaldstow fall well short on just 97 all out.
The 1sts and 2nds have this weekend off, but Caistor 3rds welcome East Halton 1sts to town.