CRICKET: Difficult weekend in league and cup for Caistor 1sts

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It was a big weekend for Caistor Cricket Club’s 1st XI as they hosted Haxey in the Premier League on Saturday and then faced Scunthorpe 1sts in the cup on Sunday.

Caistor will have been frustrated to lose by just nine runs to struggling Haxey after the visitors won the toss and elected to bat.

Haxey set a target of 150 all out before Caistor fell just short, hitting 141 all out.

The margin was significantly bigger on Sunday as Scunthorpe to the George Marshall Trophy Final with a 100 run win.

Caistor kept Scunthorpe to 196 for 6 in 45 overs, but after the opening pair of Harry Boulton and Liam Wood fell for 12 and 17 respectively, only Jim Parker was able to make an impact on the game, hitting 23, and Caistor were restricted to just 96 for 9 off their overs.

Caistor 2nds and 3rds faired better, both recording wins on Saturday.

The 2nds visited Cherry Willingham 2nds and having won the toss, elected to bat. All of Caistor’s batsmen added to the total in the 45 overs, most reaching good double figure totals as Caistor ended on 221 for 8, Dominic Bishop top scoring with an impressive 56.

Caistor’s Henry Gillot then helped himself to seven Cherry wickets for just 23 runs as the home side were dismissed for just 49, Tim Brown collecting the other two wickets for Caistor.

The 3rds also recorded a win, admittedly by a smaller margin, against East Halton Cricket Club in Lincolnshire League Division Four.

Caistor batted first and openers Peter Briggs and Harry Cearnes topped scored hitting 83 and 46 respectively, helping Caistor finish on 211 for 5 from 45 overs.

Matt Lord and Adrian Jack, 52 and 72, led the reply for East Halton, but economical bowling from Caistor plus four wickets from Peter Briggs saw the home side close on 201, 10 runs short, after 45 overs.