CRICKET: Tough weekend for South Kelsey and Hibaldstow

Our local clubs who managed to beat the showers on Saturday had a mixed bag of results in the Lincolnshire League programme.

South Kelsey 1st team travelled to the Isle of Axholme to play Outcasts in Division 3. South Kelsey took first knock and with dampness in the air conditions were tailor made for the home bowlers-but not Kelsey’s batsmen.

Openers Neil Thompson and Matt Burgess both perished early as Mellors and Whitely struck. Late on Ben Charlesworth-Browne and Rob Dennis put up some resistance with 22 and 18 respectively, but the Kelsey total was only 105.

Outcasts fared better when they batted. Fitzgerald (22) and Glew (37) proving adhesive despite the sticky wicket in an opening stand of 47.

Matt Burgess finally got rid of both and then followed a collapse. Fine bowling from Burgess who took 5 for 26 could not though prevent an Outcasts win as they reached the target on 106 for 6 after 33 overs. The winning margin was by five wickets and Kelsey remain at the foot of the table hoping for better days.

Hibaldstow travelled to Haxey 2nds and lost by a substantial 143 runs. Haxey won the toss and decided to bat, scoring an impressive 216 for 3 from their 45 overs. Somehow rain avoided the Isle of Axholme as Fleet flayed the attack in an unbeaten 101.

Hibaldstow then found imagined gremlins in the pitch as they crumbled to the home attack,wickets falling regularly to Skelton who took 5 for 22 off a mere 6 overs as Hibaldstow were all out for 73. John Taylor stood firm amid the carnage with 24 not out.