CRICKET: League leaders too strong for Caistor 1sts but weekend wins for 3rds and Cougars

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Caistor Cricket Club hosted Lincolnshire Premier League leaders Messingham in a reduced overs game on Saturday.

Heavy rain saw the match kept to 30 overs with the hosts winning the toss and electing to bowl. Paul Jackson and Oliver Barrick helped themselves to two wickets each and Kieran Brooker picked one up to, but Messingham were still able to help themselves to 166 runs in their overs, Dale Coy top scoring with 53.

In reply, Caistor opener Harry Boulton hit 28 and number 3 Lane Tutty 36. The rest of Caistor’s line-up offered little resistance though, none making double figures as the hosts were all out for just 107 in 26 overs.

On Sunday Caistor 3rds had a narrow seven run win at home to Holton le Clay 2nds in Lincolnshire League Division Four.

Holton are league leaders which makes this result all the more impressive.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bowl. Caistor started well with opening pair Dave Gowshall and Olver Barrick hitting 25 and 14 respectively to put the team on 42-2.

Caistor then collapsed with six batsmen going for a duck, the home side all out for just 63, James Rock and Jack Barker taking five wickets each.

With Holton le Clay flying high at the top of the table another win looked on the cards - nobody had told that to Caistor’s bowlers though.

Terry McKitton, Ben Barrick and Tim Gillott ripped through the visitors batting line-up aided by some very economical bowling from Oliver Barrick, 6 runs in 7 overs, to leave Holton all out for 56. Tim Gillot bowling 6 maidens and taking 2 wickets in 10 overs, McKitton taking 5 wickets.

Also on Sunday, Caistor Cougars beat Hibaldstow 2nds by a whopping 170 runs in the North Lindsey League Amazing Smile KO Cup semi final.

Cricket is of course a team game, but arguably one man won the day for Caistor, Lane Tutty smashed an unbeaten 207 including 19 fours and 14 sixes to put Caistor in command on 311 after 40 overs.

In reply Jerry Thomas and Thomas Taylor got Hibaldstow off to a fine start with knocks of 23 and 49 respectively. After their departure only Nathan Goodhall and Chris Nash made double figures though and Cougars proceeded to the final, Hibaldstow all out for 141.

This Saturday the 1sts host Haxey while the 2nds travel to Cherry Willingham and the 3rds face East Halton 1sts.

On Sunday the 1sts are away at Scunthorpe 1sts in the George Marshall Trophy.