CRICKET: Caistor off the bottom after first win of the season against Nettleham

Caistor celebrate as bowler Paul Jackson takes another Cherry Willingham wicket at Brigg Road.
Caistor celebrate as bowler Paul Jackson takes another Cherry Willingham wicket at Brigg Road.

Caistor 1st team managed to get off the bottom of the Lincolnshire Cricket League Premier Division as they beat Nettleham by four wickets at Brigg Road in a game restricted by the weather.

After a long wait, when the rain finally abated late afternoon, Nettleham won the toss and surprisingly opted to bat in the overcast conditions. These were ideal for experienced Caistor seam duo Paul Jackson and Paul Dimbleby who both used the breeze and got the ball to move through the air and off the wicket.

Nettleham were all out for 59 as Caistor really impressed in the field. Dimbleby took 5 for 22 and Jackson 3 for a miserly 18.

It was then the turn of the home side to struggle as they attempted to reach the target. They finally managed to get to 60 for 6 in the 16th over to claim their first win of the season.

The in form Harry Boulton held the innings together with an unbeaten 31,though no other batsman reached double figures.

The win takes Caistor up to fourth from bottom of the table with Nettleham replacing them at the foot,one place below Market Rasen.

In a local derby Keelby 1st team in Division 2 entertained Caistor 2nds in another rain affected game.

Keelby were put in by Caistor skipper Kev Parker and their total of 164 for 8 from 43 overs was challenging in the conditions. Gary Spencer with 39,Mark Parker with 37 and Andy Bagnall with 25 were the main Keelby scorers.

Harry Capstick with 4 for 54 was well supported by Ryan Farrow with 2 for 51 in the Caistor attack. In an odd kind of game Caistor only lost two wickets as they had time restrictions in their innings after the loss of overs to the rain.

When the game was finally called off after 19 overs of their innings Caistor had put 137 on the board. The in form Andy Pearson was the talisman with 71 not out, skipper Kev Parker also impressive in hitting 33 not out.

With eight wickets standing there is no doubt Caistor would have won if the further overs had been possible. Technically though Keelby had what is now described as an incomplete win.

Caistor 3rd team went down by the big margin of 172 runs at Old Lincolnians. The home side posted 233 for 2,Josh Taylor hitting 100 not out and Joe Walukiewicz 95.

There was plenty of leather chasing for the young Caistor side and only Ben Young and Oliver Barrick managed a wicket. Peter Jacob hit 17 and Ben Young 15 in the Caistor reply of a mere 61.