CRICKET: Double delight for Keelby

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Keelby Cricket Club had two matches over the weekend and one gave them their easiest win of the season when they entertained Cherry Willingham 2nd Xl in a Lincolnshire League Division 2 match.

The visitors won the toss and opted to take first knock. Opener Matt Jenkins proved to be the rock of the Cherry Willingham innings and his 46 was to be the top score by far in a total of 100.

Berndan Volley and Gary Spencer with four wickets each were the bowlers to get among the visiting batsmen once Jenkins had departed.

When Keelby replied, Danny Bevis was the man on whom their innings was built around as he hit an unbeaten 56 off 67 balls. Keelby knocked off the runs for the loss of just a single wicket to coast home to a nine wicket win.

Keelby’s second match of the weekend was against Washingborough and here affairs were much closer as Keelby got home by just one wicket.

Washingborough posted 193 for 7 from 45 overs. Liam Skipworth claimed three wickets and Brendan Volley and James Gorbutt both took two wickets. Key man though was behind the stumps where Andy Bagnall claimed five catches.

Bagnall then top scored in the Keelby reply with 57 and, helped by Garry Spencer with 49, they managed to inch Keelby ever closer to their demanding target. They got home on 197 for 9 for a fine win.

Hibaldstow, in the same division, had to work hard for their one run win over Alkborough 2nds at Hibaldstow Playing Field.

The home side won the toss and took first strike and with Jon Taylor showing some solidity at the top of the order, looked like posting a decent total.

When Taylor went to Mitchell for 55 however wickets soon began to tumble. Richard Kirman was the main bowler for Alkborough and his 6 for 53 backed by 3 for 28 from Dave Elliott saw Hibaldstow only muster 105 for their final total in just under 30 overs. Mark Nicholson with 18 was the second top scorer for Hibaldstow.

It proved just enough however as Garry Dixon with four wickets and Nathan Goodall with three pulled the game back the home side’s way. Alkborough were all out for 104 in 35.3 overs to give Hibaldstow their 1 run win.

South Kelsey made the journey to Normanby Park in Division 3 and failed to grab a win to aid their fight to stay clear of the league’s nether reaches.

South Kelsey batted first and were all out for 138. Andrew Fisher scored 37 at the top of the order and Phil Pearson added 30 late on.

Kelsey could not get rid of Czabaniulk when Normanby batted and the opener carried his bat for a well made 75 as his team reached 141 for the loss of just 2 wickets and an 8 wicket victory.

Brigg Town played their away game with East Halton at Blossom Way Sports Ground and went down narrowly. Brigg’s score of 137 all out saw no batsman getting past 30, skipper Matthew Bell hitting 28.

Tom Brock soon showed he is a bowler to be reckoned with at this level as he took 6 for 35 in the East Halton reply of 138 for 9 as they registered a one wicket win.