Caistor bowlers earn narrow win at Bracebridge Heath

Paul Dimbleby's three wickets helped Caistor to a tight victory against Bracebridge Heath on Saturday EMN-150525-152000002
Paul Dimbleby's three wickets helped Caistor to a tight victory against Bracebridge Heath on Saturday EMN-150525-152000002

Caistor’s bowlers held their nerve to force a narrow victory away to Bracebridge Heath’s Second XI on Saturday.

Defending a total of 189, Caistor restricted the hosts to 185-9 from 52 overs to clinch their third victory of the season.

The 18-point haul left the visitors handily placed in the Lincolnshire County League Premier Division in fourth.

Caistor skipper Paul Dimbleby won the toss and batted first, but the visitors struggled to get going.

Joe Peveritt (5 for 72) led the Bracebridge attack and had both openers Peter Briggs and Harry Boulton back in the pavilion with only 36 on the board.

Eight runs later Peveritt trapped skipper Dimbleby lbw for just two and Alex Moor made it 57-4, having Liam Wood caught for 19.

Peveritt had Rory Ronaldson caught and Carl Walton knocked over Andrew Pearson to reduce Caistor to 70-6.

Mark Gowshall (46 not out) led the fightback, sharing stands of 50 and 68 with Peter Jacob (21) and Kieran Brooker (21) to haul the visitors up to a respectable total of 189.

Having been bowled out in 48 overs, the home side were handed two extra overs to reach their target.

But opening bowlers Dimbleby and Paul Jackson soon put the skids under the reply, both breaking through to reduce Bracebridge to 22-2.

Ryan Watson (39) frustrated the Caistor attack until he was run out, and Moor (19) and Andrew Scott took the hosts into three figures without further loss.

The hosts made it to within 67 runs of victory with six wickets in hand when Dimbleby struck a crucial blow, bowling top scorer Scott for 45.

The economical Kieran Brooker (2 for 37 off 16) made Peveritt his second victim of the day as he strangled the home chsae.

Dimbleby trapped Walton without scoring to leave the hosts in trouble at 136-7 before Briggs chipped in with a wicket to leave the hosts 137-8.

The wickets slowed the Bracebridge charge, but Sam Crabtree (29 not out) and Hardy (18) took the hosts within 17 of victory until Ronaldson had the latter caught by Jim Parker.

Home skipper Cook and Crabtree edged Bracebridge closer, while Caistor chased the final wicket for a maximum-point haul.

Both batsmen survived, but Caistor’s bowlers kept cool to earn a four-run win.

Caistor: P. Briggs 4, H. Boulton 22, L. Wood 19, P. Dimbleby 2, R. Ronaldson 7, A. Pearson 9, J. Parker 13, M. Gowshall 46*, K. Brooker 21, P. Jacob 21, P. Jackson 0, Extras 25. Total: 189.

Bracebridge: 185-9.

Bowling: P. Dimbleby 16-3-52-3; P. Jackson 11-0-60-1; K. Brooker 16-4-37-2; R. Ronaldson 7-0-22-1; P. Briggs 2-0-5-1.