CRICKET: Easy wins for South Kelsey and Keelby

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With Caistor 1st team without a scheduled game on Saturday the focus turned to the village sides and particularly South Kesley.

Still needing points to be sure of avoiding relegation in Division 3 they had their easiest win of the season away at struggling Broughton 2nd.

South Kelsey had first knock and put together a very useful score of 226. Runs were shared around the top order, Rob Baty with 28, Rory Ronaldson with 43, Anthony George with 48 and Andy Walton with 25, all making contributions.

A bright late 49 not out came from Matt Thompson and clearly Kelsey had posted a very useful score. Enter centre stage the in-form Matt Thompson and his 5 for 33 simply blew away the Broughton batsmen to complete a fine all round game.

He was well supported by Mark Fisher with 3 for 11 and Broughton collapsed to 65 all out to give South Kelsey a vital 161 run win. They should now be safe from the drop and be able to look forward to the winter break.

Keelby in Division 2 were another side to have an easy win, toppling Alkborough 2nds by nine wickets at Alkborough.

The home side batted first and were dismissed for 93, David White doing the damage taking six wickets for a mere 24 runs from his 15 overs. Keelby were on top of their chase right from the start, with a glance from time to time at the weather. Gary Spencer with 31 and Danny Bevis with 50 put together an opening stand of 81 and at 94-1 the target was reached and the game won.

Caistor 2nds saw their game with Cherry Willingham 2nd abandoned after rain intervened. Cherry Willingham batted first and hit 147 for 5 in their 45 overs. Tim Brown took 3 for 39 in the Caistor attack.

Caistor were struggling with their reply, finding 
it slow going reaching 42 
for 2 in 19 overs when the players came off. They never made it back out again as the umpires pulled stumps in the damp conditions to call time on the afternoon’s proceedings.

Owmby in Division 1 saw their game cancelled on a day in which the weather was very hit and miss, some places receiving a heavy downpour and others missing out altogether.

Hibaldstow in Division 2 were another side to get a full game in and they took full advantage to beat Cleethorpes 3rds by 25 runs. Hibaldstow scored 214 with Jon Taylor making 50 and Adam Barker 93. It looked a good score, but only just, as Cleethorpes got to 189 before being all out in the 43rd over. Joe Taylor took 3 wickets for Hibaldstow, Kieran Harris and Gary Dixon taking two each.