A close match ultimately resulted in a frustrating defeat for Caistor on Saturday against Cleethorpes 2nd in the Lincolnshire Premier League at Brigg Road.
Caistor scored a decent 211 for 6. Top scorer was opener Harry Boulton who has been prolific this season and he notched an impressive 74. Paul Ridley added 45 and Jim Parker was 37 not out.
When the Meggies batted they lost some cheap wickets in the early middle order and when they were 130 for 5 Caistor would have fancied their chances.
Ryan Harrison was another opener to get a good score, posting 71 at the top of the order. Cleethorpes got home on 215 for 8 in the final over.
The loss was a shame for talisman opening bowler Paul Dimbleby who toiled manfully through 17 overs to return impressive figures of 5 for 52. Henry Gillett took two wickets and Paul Jackson one. The winning margin for Cleethorpes was by just two wickets.
Caistor 2nds were without a game but there was a local derby in Division 3 for Caistor 3rds who made the short journey to Holton le Moor to play South Kelsey in a relegation battle.
The home side won the toss and opted to bowl. Caistor proceeded to take advantage of being given first knock as openers Matthew Travis and Dave Gowshall put on an opening stand of 53, dominated by Gowshall who hit 52 before being trapped lbw by Matt Thompson.
Travis though went on and put together a season’s best of 138 not out in a Caistor total of 265 for 5. Sam Welton made a useful contribution with 31.
Rob Baty got the South Kelsey innings off to a good start with 49 before being bowled by Ryan Farrow. Wickets then fell in fairly quick succession and the game looked beyond the home side despite the fast outfield.
Andrew Fisher with 32 and a late unbeaten 29 from Matt Thompson were the only real contributions as Kelsey closed on 174 for 9 after their 45 overs.
Farrow took 4 for 35, Tim Gillott 2 for 40, Ernie Allison 2 for 50 and Terry McKitton 1 for 39 in the Caistor attack. The incomplete win for Caistor was by 91 runs.