Sleaford first XI consolidated their third place position in the ECB Premier League on Saturday when they recorded an emphatic 267-run victory against Spalding, with Thomas Shorthouse making the league’s first double century since 2011 with an undefeated 203.
After losing Tim McIntosh to his first delivery, Sleaford, sponsored by Wright Vigar, rebuilt their innings, initially through Shorthouse and Louis Kimber before the latter’s dismissal saw Johnny Cheer come to the crease to contribute to an unbroken partnership that was to take Sleaford to a formidable total of 355 from their allotted 50 overs.
Although Shorthouse was the major aggressor, Cheer played a full part in the stand and made a century of his own to go alongside the double contributed by his partner.
Spalding’s reply was an unsurprisingly limp affair, and after Nel was dismissed for a duck, the whole innings collapsed as Sleaford’s bowlers shared the wickets to claim maximum points.
In the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division, Sleaford 2nd maintained their strong season with a comfortable victory against their visitors from Stamford.
The visitors were restricted to 152 from their allotted overs, with Michael Shelley and Tom Brooke claiming three wickets apiece.
Sleaford’s reply was largely untroubled and an unbeaten 64 from Jack Wilson guided his side to victory (153-6) with 12 overs to spare.
On Sunday, Sleaford Academy, sponsored by Turnbulls, secured a hard fought victory against their visitors from Nocton who won the toss and made 175 for the loss of nine wickets, with Matt Bean and Kurt Colyn being Sleaford’s most successful bowlers.
The home team were made to work extremely hard for their eventual victory which came with only two wickets to spare, Oli Bean being the top scorer with 31.
This weekend sees Sleaford travel to Skegness on Saturday with Grantham the visitors to London Road in the South Lincs and Border Premier, whilst on Sunday, the first XI, sponsored by Specsavers, travel to Cherry Willingham.