On a gloriously sunny Saturday there was gloomy news from the sticks with four defeats in four games for our local village clubs in the Lincolnshire League.
Owmby in Division 1 could not sustain their fine form of the previous week, going down by seven wickets to Appleby Frodingham 2nd. Defeats also came the way of Hibaldstow, South Kelsey and Keelby 2nd.
Frodingham won the toss and inserted Owmby on their own patch. Owmby started well with Rakesh Chander-Nair and Kevin Bowring sharing a fine opening partnership of 84.
Chander-Nair hit 56 before being trapped lbw by John Taylor. Bowring had gone earlier for 20. Daniel Hill with 24 and the dependable Cieron Deegan with 33 added runs in the middle order and when the innings closed on 171 it looked a decent total to be defending.
Appleby Frodingham batsmen Mick Bramley and Simon Taylor had other ideas as they scored 81 not out and 50 respectively.
Ex Scunthorpe United footballer Vince Grimes scored 27 as Owmby’s bowlers failed to make a real breakthrough. Frodingham finished on 176 for the loss of three wickets for their win. Young bowler Sam Chapman (15) had 1 for 31 and Deegan 1 for 39 in the Owmby attack.
Hibaldstow also lost,their defeat by Haxey 2nds by a catastrophic nine wickets their biggest of the season. Hibaldstow won the toss and batted, but Wasim Ahmed made an early breakthrough bowling star batters Jon Taylor for 4 and Chris Nash for a duck.
The village side never really got over the shock and by the 31st over were all out for a miserable 64. Only Adam Barker put up much resistance scoring 24. Extras was the next highest score with 15.
Haxey eased to their win in a mere 17 overs for the loss of only Evans.
South Kelsey in Divison 3 also went down but by the much narrower margin of 21 runs in a close encounter with Washingborough at Holton le Moor.
The visitors decided to bat first and their total of 103 for 9 after 49 overs looked beatable. John Baty took four wickets and the consistent Matt Thompson three in the Kelsey attack. Wicketkeeper Andrew Fisher had a good haul claiming four victims, three caught and one stumped off Baty.
South Kelsey lost early wickets when they batted which was to prove crucial. Ben Charlesworth-Brown hit 36 in the middle order, but when Philip Pearson, Rob Denniss,Mark Fisher and Neil Thompson all fell cheaply late on, the home side were all out for 82, 21 runs short of the target. Ryan Hubbard did the damage for the visitors with 6 for 26.
The final side in action were Keelby 2nds who completed a clean sweep of defeats for the village sides in our area in a five wicket loss at Keelby Sports Ground to Holton le Clay 2nd.
Keelby were all out for 135, Danny Bevis scoring 35 and Matthew Cooley 33. Extras added an invaluable 32, with 13 wides being called.
The home side they failed to deliver in the field and Holton le Clay eased home in the sunshine on 137 for 5 and their 5 wicket win. Mark Parker was the pick of the Keelby attack with 3 for 35.
This weeks fixtures:
Division 1: Owmby v Horncastle
Division 2: Cleethorpes 3rds v Keelby, Hibaldstow v Cherry Willingham 2nd
Division 3: Market Rasen 2nd v South Kelsey