CRICKET: Mixed results for Lincolnshire’s village teams

With both Caistor 1st Xl and Market Rasen 1st team without games in the Lincolnshire Premier League on Saturday our village clubs, as well as 2nd and 3rd teams had the focus on them, with mixed results.

There had been some doubt as to whether Owmby in Division 1 could continue for this season at their delightful Todmoor ground. On Saturday they played at the South Kelsey ground at Holton le Moor, but it is understood that they will be at Todmoor now at least until the end of the season.

Holton le Clay were the visitors to Holton le Moor and having been put in they were dismissed by Owmby for 137. Chambers with 4 for 36, Cooper with 4 for 31 and Deegan with 2 for 38 were the wicket takers.

If that was impressive, what followed was less so as Owmby were all out for 96 to lose by 41 runs. Only Rakesh racked up any real quantity of runs with 41 in the Owmby total.

In Division 2, Keelby 1st Xl lost against their visitors Nettleham 2nd. Keelby’s total of 222 for 8 looked impressive with Gary Spencer (78),Danny Bevis (36) and Sean Campbell (25) all in the runs, Newell taking 4 for 57 for Nettleham.

Runs came easily when the visitors batted and an opening stand of 158 put the home bowlers to the sword. Strawson hit 92 and Nettleham eased home on 226 for 3 for their seven wicket win. Gary Spencer and Peter Cook each took a wicket for Keelby, but their efforts were in vain.

Hibaldstow look like finding life harder this season in Division 2. They had first knock against visitors Hartsholme but could manage only 155, Thomas Taylor with 55 and Mark Nicholson with 32 top scoring.

Hartsholme found it all too easy in reply though, reaching 158 for the loss of only a single wicket to Thomas Taylor. It meant a crushing nine wicket defeat for Hibaldstow.

South Kelsey are struggling in the same league with two defeats on the bounce. They travelled to Alford 2nd and put the home side in on winning the toss.

South Kelsey did not bowl badly as the home side hit 162. The veteran Neil Calvert top scored in that total with 71, but Andrew Mcfarlane with three wickets,and Matthew and Neil Thompson with two each kept the home side under control. Kelsey though seem to be struggling for runs and were all out in reply for 94,Andrew Fisher top scoring with 24. It meant a defeat by 68 runs for South Kelsey,their second in two games.

Fixtures

Saturday May 4th

Division 1

Louth 2nd v Owmby

Division 2

Cherry Willingham 2nds v Keelby

Hibaldstow v Grimsby Town 2nd

Division 3

South Kelsey v Barton Town 2nds