The song goes, two out of three ain’t bad, so Caistor Cricket Club can feel pleased with themselves this weekend.
The 1st and 2nd team record wins and the 3rds fought hard against a superior Scothern 2nds team, but ultimately lost by 128 runs.
Caistor 1sts welcomed Barton Town to Brigg Road and recorded a 76 run win.
Having won the toss, Caistor elected to bat and opener Harry Boulton proved to be the thorn in Barton’s side, hitting 68 before being caught.
Rory Ronaldson chipped in with 18, but Caistor’s middle ordered collapsed, Mark Gowshall the only other player making double figures with 19.
Caistor were all out for 157, a target that Barton will have fancied chasing down.
It’s hard to chase any kind of total down however when you have bowlers delivering maiden over after maiden over. Between Paul Dimbleby and Paul Jackson they bowled 10 maiden overs and restricted the Barton batsmen.
A middle order stand by Robert Brice, 34, and Michael Hinchliffe, 14, was the only bright point of Barton’s innings as they were sent packing for just 81 runs, Dimbleby with 2 wicket, Jackson 5 and Kieran Brooker with 3.
It was a tighter affair at Keelby Sports Ground as Caistor 2nds took on the village’s 1st team.
Caistor again won the toss and took to the crease. Opener Stuart Costello went for a duck, but then Caistor started to put runs on the board, Kevin Parker making 50 before being bowled lbw by David White.
Andrew Pearson added 31, Peter Briggs 43 and Sam Welton 25 to take Caistor to 178 from their 45 overs, Gary Spencer arguably the pick of the Keelby bowlers, taking three wickets in his four overs.
In an almost identical start to Caistor’s innings, Keelby opener Danny Bevis fell for a duck, but with Sean Campbell hitting 23 and Brendan Volley an impressive half century the run chase was most certainly on.
Jamie Charlton added 26 and at 124-6 the game could have gone either way.
Caistor bowler Liam Overson was key though, taking the important wickets, four of them, at important times as Keelby’s progress as halted at 162 all out. Overson’s final wicket of Gary Spencer proved vital as the batsmen was building towards his half century before being cleaned bowled on 42.
Caistor’s Stuart Costello helped himself to 3 wickets, Chris Laister taking the other 2.
Caistor 3rds faced a tough task away at Scothern 2nds and having elected to bowl saw the home side post an impressive 216 from the 45 overs, Nick Hilldreth and Liam Harris hitting 83 and 67 respectively.
In reply, Will Jacob can be happy with his knock of 52 and Tim Gillot added 10 before Caistor were dismissed for just 88.
This weekend the 1sts travel to East Halton in the first round of the George Marshall Trophy and the 2nds face Holton-le-Clay 2nds at home in the Bob Welton Cup.