The sun may have shone, but it was a dismal day in terms of results for our local sides as the Lincolnshire County Cricket league season opened on Saturday.
For the first time for many seasons Caistor have no overeseas player and so the onus will be on local players to make runs and take wickets.
Last year’s Lincolnshire Premier League winners Scunthorpe Town were the visitors to Brigg Road when Caistor 1st team opened their programme. The visitors were denied promotion to the Lincs ECB League at the end of last season due to doubts about their ground facilities.
Experienced campaigners Paul Dimbleby and Paul Jackson opened the Caistor attack and both picked up a wicket each. Both were to bowl 14 overs with long spells, on what for the start of the season was a warm afternoon. Their very respectable figures were 1 for 27 for Dimbleby and 1 for 25 for Jackson.
Later their was plenty of youthful spin in the Caistor attack, with Tom Boryszczuk bowling his off spin impressively from the same end as Jackson had operated from earlier.
Boryzczuk’s efforts saw him claim three wickets for 51 runs and he was well supported by Kieran Brooker from the opposite end with 1 for 38.
There was some impressive late fielding from Caistor as they kept the visitors down to 174 for 8 from their 50 overs. Dimbleby struck with an impressive pick up and throw for a run out to claim the eighth wicket of the innings.
When Caistor went in to bat they were soon struggling and were dismissed for 101.
Harry Boulton gave them a good start with 45 while Dimbleby, promoted up the order, hit a useful 16 and Nathan Davis 19.
It was all in vain however as Caistor went down by 73 runs. Chand was the main wicket taker for Scunthorpe with 4 for 36.
Other local results were:
Division 2: Keelby (163 for six, Danny Beavis 44, Sean Campbell 38) lost to Grimsby Town 2nds (165 for seven, Chris Charlton 3 for 35, Graham Avison 2 for 20) by four wickets.
Division 3: South Kelsey (69, Rob Denniss 16) lost to Old Lincolnians (71 for five, John Baty 3 for 12, Andrew Stockdale 2 for 27) by five wickets.
Division 4: Normanby Park (244 for six) beat Keelby 2nds (242 for six) by two runs.