CRICKET: Sleaford return to winning ways

Shane George bowling for Billingborough. Photo: David Dawson
Shane George bowling for Billingborough. Photo: David Dawson

Lincs ECB Premier League

Skegness 214-8

Sleaford 218-1

Sleaford’s first XI returned to winning ways on Saturday when they ended a run of three consecutive defeats with a nine-wicket victory against their visitors from Skegness.

Fielding first after losing the toss, Sleaford were made to work hard for their wickets by a determined batting line-up that was dominated by a 96-run partnership for the second wicket between Graser and Perera, who both made half centuries.

Once the partnership had been broken, however, the visitors did not quite capitalise on the foundation that had been built.

Sleaford’s opening partnership of Tim McIntosh and Louis Kimber paved the way for their side’s eventual victory, with a contribution of 158, and the loss of Kimber for 67 was Sleaford’s only loss on their way to a win which could well provide a platform for an upturn in form.

In the South Lincs and Border League Premier League, Sleaford travelled to Grantham and won by eight wickets. Rhys Collings took six wickets whilst Michael Shelley and Ben Bulmer steered the side home to victory.

Meanwhile, Billingborough cut Boston’s lead at the top of the league to 10 points with a 51-run victory, moving themselves up to third place in the process.

Heckington moved up to second in Division One after they beat Lindum 3rd by four wickets.

On Sunday, Sleaford Academy, sponsored by Turnbulls, comfortably beat Billingborough, making 299 for the loss of five wickets, with both Oliver Bean and Kurt Coly narrowly missing out on centuries.

Billingborough’s reply never threatened and they were dismissed for 106, with Kieran Harbron claiming four wickets.

This Saturday, Sleaford’s first XI, sponsored by Wright Vigar, travel to Grimsby for an ECB Premier League fixture.

Photo: David Dawson