CRICKET: South Kelsey finding form after slow start to season

Matt Thompson in the middle of his match winning 5 for 27 spell for South Kelsey against Broughton.
Matt Thompson in the middle of his match winning 5 for 27 spell for South Kelsey against Broughton.

South Kelsey 1st team made the headlines for the village sides in Saturday’s Lincolnshire League programme as they recorded an easy win over Broughton 2nds at a sunlit Holton le Moor ground.

It was a big step in the winter for Kelsey to drop their 1st team, which had for several seasons few local players in its ranks and concentrate on the club’s traditional strengths with local lads,be it in Division 3.

After a slow start there are real signs this move will pay off and South Kelsey have began to climb away from the foot of the table.

Matt Thompson was the key performer. The fast medium bowler has had a fine season and is among the leading wicket takers in the league. He made a major contribution with 5 for 27 from 12 overs as Kelsey skittled Broughton for 78. Ben Charlesworh-Brown and Mark Fisher gave good support with two wickets each.

South Kelsey were given a good start by Andy Walton with 28 and they knocked off the runs for the loss of just two wickets, finishing on 81 for 2.

Owmby in Division 1 defeated Holton le Clay by 7 wickets. Holton le Clay hit an impressive 216 for 6, Cieran Deegan, Daniel Hill and David Hill each taking two wickets.

Owmby took up the challenge and with the wicket a real batting paradise managed to overtake the target on 220 for the loss of just 3 wickets. Sam Atkin hit a magnificent unbeaten 98 and was supported by Rakesh Chandar-Nair with 42.

Keelby in Division 2 beat Nettleham 2nd by 73 runs. Keelby were 274 for 7 (Andy Bagnall 90,Danny Bevis 72), Nettleham 201 for 8 (Gary Spencer 3 for 26, Mark Wade 2 for 34).

Also in Division 2, Hibaldstow beat Hartsholme 2nd by 123 runs. Hibldstow hit 254 for 8, Hartsholme were 131 all out.

Keelby 2nd beat Old Lincolnians 2nd by 18 runs. Scores: Keelby 234 for 3 (Andrew Grainger 91, James Gorbutt 37), Old Lincolnians 216 (John McLellan 5 for 48).