Cricket: Caistor collapse to away defeat

Gareth Johnson-top scored with 49 for Caistor.
Gareth Johnson-top scored with 49 for Caistor.
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Caistor Cricket Club 1st team opted to bat when skipper Liam Wood called correctly at the toss for the game with Nettleham at Mulsanne Park.

Wood soon lost Harry Boulton, who was dismissed without troubling the scorers, but then put together a decent second wicket partnership with wicket keeper Gareth Johnson.

Johnson has been scoring some useful runs of late as well as displaying good form behind the stumps. Wood was dismissed for 22 and Johnson for 49.

Then the rot set in as a collapse occurred and it was only the ninth wicket pair of Kieran Brooker, who hit 27, and Henry Gillett, with 21, that enabled Caistor to post 161 for 9.

Nettleham always looked in control in their reply, as with 60 from Curtis and 56 from Samunderu, their reply reached 162 for the loss of just three wickets by the 33rd over and thereby consigned Caistor to defeat by seven wickets in what was their final game of the season.

Skipper Liam Wood has announced he is to stand down for 2014. He deserves considerable credit for taking the reigns of the 1st team mid season and showing much enthusiasm and drive in the three seasons since.

Caistor 2nds, who have climbed into the top half of the table in recent weeks, went down by 54 runs in a low scoring game at home against Haxey.

Haxey took first knock and their 127 for 7 from 45 overs reflected a slower outfield than in recent weeks, as well as some tight Caistor bowling led by Oliver Barrick, who claimed 3 for 49.

Paul Randall, Matthew Brown and Paul Ridley each took one wicket. Caistor might have fancied their chances but the innings went wrong as soon as openers Barrick and skipper Kev Parker were dismissed for 23 and 13 respectively. The final all out total was a meagre 73.

Keelby 2nd Xl went down to Holton le Clay 2nd Xl by 26 runs in Division 4 at Holton le Clay. The home side hit 179 for 6 and Keelby replied with 153 for 8, Andy Bagnall hitting 45.