CAISTOR now sit comfortably mid-table in the Lincolnshire Premier League following a four-wicket home win over Alford – the team’s fourth win recently having started the season badly.
Alford batted first at Brigg Road and their total of 127 for 9 was the product of 50 overs graft in testing humid conditions, and with a slow outfield following some heavy rain in the week.
Spinner Tom Boryszczuk, 3 for 14 from 12 overs, was the pick of the Caistor bowlers. He was well supported by Paul Jackson with 2 for 10 and hard working seamer Paul Dimbleby with 2 for 51 from his 20 overs.
Tom White with 26 and Andrew White with 25 were the only Alford batsmen to really trouble the scorers.
Caistor were deprived their full bonus fielding points for taking ten wickets when Jackson spilled a catch late on.
Opener Harry Boulton dominated the Caistor innings as he made a watchful 35 to help Caistor reach their target on 128 for 6.
Keelby gave a top home performance to end second place Caistor 2nds’ unbeaten record.
Keelby’s Gary Spencer was dismissed for 99 out of 222 for six, Caistor captain Dan Healey managing 3-70.
Caistor’s 143 for nine was somewhat disappointing, spinner Paul Fytche taking 3-46 for Keelby.
Caistor 3rds who are still second from bottom, lost heavily by 175 runs when visiting new leaders Broughton 2nds.
In Division 1, South Kelsey are out of the relegation zone with a superb 61-run win at Hykeham, who are one of the stronger teams in the league.
Captain Kumud Wijayaratna made 58 and Neil Day 57 for Kelsey, with Chandi Wathukarage taking four for 27.
Scores were South Kelsey 163 for six (Kumud 58, Day 57), Hykeham 102
In Division 3 there was a convincing and welcome home win for South Kelsey 2nds against Immingham Blossom Way and it moved the villagers up to sixth spot.
There was a half-century here for Matt Burgess and a five wicket haul by Matthew Thompson. South Kelsey 2nds hit 160 (Burgess 55, Fountain 5-25), with Immingham Blossom Way being all out for 88 (Matthew Thompson 5-38).
Hibaldstow stay third despite losing at Cleethorpes 4ths, where one of the high spots for Hibaldstow was five wickets by left-arm seamer Gary Dixon.
Cleethorpes 4ths posted 167 (J Mansfield 54, Dixon 5-64), but Hibaldstow could only reply with 114.
Keelby 2nds stay at the foot of the table in this division after a seven wicket reverse at Holton-le-Clay 2nds, but have three games in hand on sides above them. Lack of runs was the problem for Keelby, apart from Jim Cowie’s 32. Scores were – Keelby 2nds 97, Holton-le-Clay 2nds 98 for three.
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