CRICKET: Owmby lose out in high scoring thriller

A fine maiden century for Keelby's Andy Sharp.
A fine maiden century for Keelby's Andy Sharp.

Owmby Cricket Club were involved in one of the games of the day in Saturday’s Lincolnshire League programme.

The Division 1 encounter at Todmoor was a superb game of cricket played in an excellent spirit. Sadly from Owmby’s point of view they went down by eight wickets to table topping Broughton.

With the Owmby pitch a batsman’s paradise and the sun shining down to parch the outfield, scoring was heavy for batsmen on both sides, but the bowlers toiled as only five wickets went down all afternoon.

Batting first Owmby hit 222 for 3 wickets with a peach of an innings from Sam Atkin, who hit 143 not out. That total amazingly proved not enough as Broughton got home on 223 for 2 in the 44th over, Matt Hammond with 87 not out and Paul Reed with 50 not out being the main run scorers.

Hibaldstow in Division 2 went down by two wickets at Alkborough 2nd. The home side batted first with Tom Taylor hitting 39 and Lee Robinson 25 in a total of 130. Andy Williamson did the damage for Alkborough with 5 for 35.

Throughout the Alkborough reply the game ebbed and flowed. At 66 for 6 Hibaldstow would have felt they had the game in the bag, but Alkborough sides over the years have always been known for their togetherness and fighting spirit.

Mark Standerline with 35 and Grant Standerline with an unbeaten 37 dug in to grind out a win and they got there on 131 for 8 in the 39th over. Carl Nazerath had figures of 4 for 49 in the Hibaldstow attack.

Keelby in Division 2 hosted table topping Haxey 2nd and went down by 35 runs in another high scoring match.

Haxey took first knock and their score of 247 for 7 owed much to Jon Stanser’s 78. There were three wickets each from Lewis Cox and Mark Wade in the Keelby attack.

Keelby made a good fist of their reply against the league leaders with the in-form Danny Bevis hitting 75 and Sean Campbell adding 52. Keelby in the end fell 35 runs short on 212 for 9.

South Kelsey travelled to Lincoln to play Old Lincolnians 2nd in Division 3 and went down by 74 runs. Their position near the foot of the table is perilous, but not hopeless, so long as they can pick up points from those around them.

They play bottom of the table Caistor 3rds this Saturday and from Kelsey’s point of view this is a must win game as the final full month of the season starts.

Old Lincolnians posted 202 being all out in the 43rd over. Jack Harrison took 3 for 51 and Neil Thompson 3 for 21 for Kelsey. Luke Jelly with 42 and Matt Jelly with 23 held the Lincolnians batting together when it wobbled mid-innings. Antony George hit 55 and Rob Denniss 21 in the Kelsey reply of 128 all out as they succumbed to a 74 run defeat.

Our only local side in Division 4 are Keelby 2nd and they won by eight runs in a close game with Normanby Park. Batsman wicketkeeper Andy Sharp hit a maiden century for Keelby in a total of 190 all out.

The long serving Lincolnshire League committee man has been a great servant for Keelby and the league-never has a century been more richly deserved.