CRICKET: Owmby continue to struggle while South Kelsey ease relegation fears with a win over Caistor 3rds

Several of our village cricket teams failed to beat the weather on Saturday, though Owmby and South Kelsey were lucky and got a game in.

Owmby are struggling after their promotion to Division 1 and they came unstuck again at Broughton, losing by 122 runs.

Owmby skipper Rakesh Chandan-Nair won the toss and opted to field. There was another fine spell of bowling from Ciaron Deegan, who in 15 overs took six for a slightly costly 83. James Cooper and Sam Atkin each chipped in with a wicket. Standing firm though for Broughton in their total of 188 all out was opener Shaun Clark who hit 51.

Owmby lost Atkin and skipper Chander-Nair early and always looked likely to struggle against a tight home attack. David Hill led a brief recovery with 31, but got little support before Owmby collapsed to Clark and were all out for 66. Clark took five wickets for a mere six runs and Owmby look like facing a long battle to avoid relegation.

Keelby in Division 2 were never able to get their stumps pitched after the rain.

South Kelsey had a win to ease their fears at the bottom of the Division 3 table. Caistor 3rds chose to bowl after they won the toss. The village side have struggled for runs all season, but not here as they got their act together to post a score of 161, which in the final reckoning was enough for their first win of the season by 56 runs.

Matt Burgess with 44, Andy Walton with 59 and Andrew Fisher with 27 were the main South Kelsey scorers in a total of 161 for 8. Alex McKitton and Ernie Allison each took two wickets for Caistor. Matt Thompson put in the most telling bowling of the afternoon however as he picked up four wickets backed by John Baty with two as Caistor were 105 for 9 when the 45 over allocation was up. It meant an incomplete win for South Kelsey by 56 runs.