CRICKET: Successful weekend for village teams

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Our village teams had a successful weekend in the Lincolnshire County Cricket League.

Keelby 1st XI continued their recent good form with a 1 wicket win over Alford 2nds in Division 2. Alford batted first and posted a score of 127 for 9 in 44 overs.

Matthew Keeling with 44 and Kevin White with 33 were the main Alford scorers against a Keelby attack where Brendan Volley, David White and Gary Spencer each took three wickets. Keelby struggled in their reply but just got over the line on 128 for 9 in the final over. Volley, having a fine season, top scored with 29 with Andy Bagnall getting 27 and Dan Bevis 20.

Hibaldstow went down at home to Louth by a convincing 42 runs. Louth’s total of 217 always looked too good, Steve Wright making 70 and Richard Bell 54. Nathan Goodall took 3 for 45 and Mark Nicholson 2 for 36 in the Hibaldstow attack.

In reply Hibaldstow were always struggling to get on terms. Jon Taylor hit 32 at the top of the order and Joe Taylor 36 from number 7 before being run out. Hibaldstow were all out for 175.

South Kelsey in Division 3 are well out the relegation zone after recent wins. They beat Nettleton 2nds at home by 37 runs. Kelsey posted a moderate 126 thanks to Matt Thompson with 36 and Rob Baty with 31. Nettleham fared even worse and were all out for 89. Elliott Drinkall took 4 for 35 in the South Kelsey attack and Andrew Fisher and Baty each took two.

Brigg Town suffered a setback away to Cleethorpes 4th in Division 4. Only Matthew Bell got among the runs with 46 in Brigg’s 95, scored in 38 overs. Cleethorpes easily knocked off the runs losing only one wicket in reaching 96. David Baggott took the solitary wicket.

Keelby 2nds were also heavily beaten in the same league. East Halton hit 207 for 5 with Kev Wright scoring 51 and former Caistor Grammar School student James Mikkonen, the East Halton captain, getting 40. Udi Sheikh took 3 wickets. Keelby’s reply of 113 meant they lost by a convincing 94 runs. Alan Travis top scored for Keelby with 32.