Caistor close on top three with Hartsholme win

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Caistor put daylight between themselves and Hartsholme in Lincolnshire County League Premier with a four-wicket win at Brigg Road on Saturday.

The fourth-placed hosts went into the match just a point ahead of the Lincoln side, but ended the day with a 17-point cushion over Saturday’s opponents and just six behind Scothern, in third.

Caistor captain Gareth Johnson won the toss and put the visitors into bat, but Hartsholme had 26 on the board before the first wicket fell when Johnson caught Matt Worsnop off the bowling of Sean Woolley.

Opener Henry Rush was in fine touch and guided Hartsholme to 45-1 before Kieran Brooker (4 for 21) took the first of his four wickets. Brooker destroyed the visitors’ middle order, reducing them to 65-5.

Paul Dimbleby (2 for 39) returned to finally remove Rush (53), caught by Jim Parker, as well as Green, as Hartsholme crumbled to 80-8.

Number 11 batsman Lewis Gaukrodger (10 not out) was the only other batsman to reach double figures, and as Rory Ronaldson and Peter Briggs cleaned up the tail, Hartsholme were all out for 101 in 46 overs.

Caistor’s reply started badly as Australian all-rounder Worsnop removed openers Briggs and Harry Boulton with only three runs on the board.

Liam Wood and Dimbleby stabilised the innings but when the latter was out for 18, Ronaldson followed soon after, both to Worsnop to leave Caistor teetering on 47-4.

But Wood (32) and Jim Parker kept their heads, easing the hosts towards the target until the former was caught off the bowling of Gaukrodger.

Bowling straight through, Worsnop castled Brooker to complete his five-wicket haul and give his side a sniff at 93-6, but Parker (31 not out) and Johnson saw Caistor home with more than 16 overs to spare.

Hartsholme: 101.

Bowling: P. Dimbleby 16-3-39-2; S. Woolley 9-2-29-1; K. Brooker 16-7-21-4; R. Ronaldson 4-0-9-1; P. Briggs 1-1-0-1.

Caistor: P. Briggs 2, H. Boulton 1, L. Wood 32, P. Dimbleby 18, R. Ronaldson 2, J. Parker 31*, K. Brooker 8, G. Johnson 4*, Extras 4. Total: 102-6.