AFTER two wins on the bounce had taken them to third place in the Lincolnshire County Cricket League Premier Division table, Caistor Town Cricket Club came down to earth with a bump as they suffered a heavy defeat beside the Humber at Barton.
Batting first, Barton Town hit an impressive 254 for five (Barker 84, Kipling 54). This was especially challenging given the slow outfield after all the heavy rain of the past month.
All Caistor’s bowlers took some hammering, Tim Brown with 3 for 67 from 12 overs getting the best reward and Paul Jackson and Tom Boryszczuk each getting a wicket.
When Caistor replied it soon became obvious the target was beyond them and only Sahan Wijerathne stood firm, hitting an accomplished 66 in the Caistor total of 168 for nine.
Peter Briggs with 17 and Dominic Bishop with 34 were the only other Caistor batsmen to muster many runs.
There was better news down the A46 however as South Kelsey recorded their first win back in the Premier League at Cleethorpes 2nds by 24 runs.
South Kelsey made excellent use of the opportunity to bat first and hit 190 for eight (Atiq Ullah 93 not out, Connor Hawkins 26).
Cleethorpes 2nds always looked to be in with a shout, but in the end fell short on 166 (Hayre 65) with Elliott Drinkell taking 7-40 for South Kelsey.
In Division 2, two of our local sides in Keelby and Owmby clashed with the former coming out on top by a comfortable 40 runs.
Keelby posted a competitive 146 for eight (Campbell 50), but Owmby were all out for 106, Keelby’s Skudder taking 5 for 44.
Also in Division 2 Caistor 2nds went down in a low scoring game to Nettleham 2nds. Caistor could only total 91 (Pickering 8-28), and it proved well short of what was needed as Nettleham 2nds replied with 92 for four.
In Division 3 the Lysaghts ground was still unfit for play and South Kelsey 2nds saw their home game with Laportes cancelled due to wet conditions, each side taking five points.