CRICKET: Two defeats push Caistor into bottom four

Harry Boulton top scored with 74  for Caistor 1st team.
Harry Boulton top scored with 74 for Caistor 1st team.

Two successive defeats on the last two Saturdays have seen Caistor 1st team stuck in the bottom four of the Lincolnshire Premier League.

First they travelled to play Cherry Willingham. Cherry batted first after being put in by Caistor skipper Liam Wood. His opposite number Will Carter opened and dominated the home side’s innings scoring 78 out of their 144.

Paul Dimbleby with 6 for 34 dominated in the Caistor attack with some fine bowling. The Caistor batsmen could not match his efforts however as they were all out for 112 to lose by 32 runs. Wood top scored with 24 and Dimbleby added 21 in the middle order. Matt Travis hit 20 and leading run scorer Harry Boulton scored 18.

Caistor then faced league leaders Messingham at Brigg Road and went down to a narrow 17 run defeat.

Messingham batted first and hit 178 for 9 in their 50 overs. Kieran Brooker with 3 for 35 was the main wicket taker.

When Caistor batted Peter Briggs opened with 36 and then Jim Parker added 47, but Caistor finished on 161 all out in the 49th over.

Caistor 2nd team entertained Grimsby 2nds at Brigg Road needing points to keep alive their hopes of avoiding relegation in Division 2.

The visitors came out on top by two wickets. Caistor posted 154 with skipper Kevin Parker scoring 57, Dan Healey 24, Henry Gillett 22 and Chris Laister 19.

Grimsby got a fine start in their reply and despite the efforts from Laister with three wickets, Gillett and Healey with two each, they could not get the final breakthrough.

Caister 2nd then travelled to Nettleham 2nd and had to settle for an incomplete win after rain intervened.

Caistor had hit 172 for 8 and had Nettleham in crisis at 37 for 6, Peter Randell and Chris Laister each claiming three wickets. In the Caistor innings opener Nathan Davies was out ‘handled ball’ after hitting 33. Oliver Barrick top scored with 38.

Harry Boulton, for once this season did not get among the runs at Cherry Willingham or against Messingham, but the opening batsman has enjoyed a magnificent season opening the Caistor batting in the Lincolnshire Premier League.

In figures released from the league he presently lies second in the batting averages with only Alkborough batsman Vaidik Kishan Raj ahead of him.

Boulton has amassed 643 runs from his 16 innings this season and his average of 49.46 is the best of his career. Paul Dimbleby lies fourth in the bowling averages with 42 wickets at 12.98 in another fine season for the tall fast medium bowler.