Sleaford first XI, sponsored by Wright Vigar, moved up to fifth place in the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League by virtue of a comprehensive victory at Market Rasen, which saw not one of the home side’s batting line up reach 30 as they responded to Sleaford’s total of 262.
Sleaford won the toss and elected to bat and were given an excellent start by Tim McIntosh and Thomas Shorthouse who began the innings in a positive manner; and the partnership was only five runs short of the century mark when McIntosh was bowled for 43.
Louis Kimber’s arrival at the crease saw a continuation of the positive nature of the innings and after Shorthouse had gone to 50, a rain break was the cause of some concern given Sleaford’s potential to post a match-winning score.
After a lengthy delay, Shorthouse was soon dismissed for 63, but Simon Godby played fluently from the outset, making 25 in good time, whilst Kimber continued in an untroubled manner at the other end, eventually being dismissed for a very good 63.
Sleaford were eventually bowled out for 262, a total which was likely to prove a substantial one in challenging conditions.
The home team’s reply never threatened their visitors as they lost their first four wickets for 14 runs, with Nick Goacher and Ollie Smith sharing the spoils. Goacher went on to claim two further victims before the spinners accounted for the tail, leaving Sleaford the victors by a margin of 182 runs.
l On Sunday, Sleaford Academy, sponsored by Turnbulls, travelled to Billingborough and recorded a comfortable eight-wicket victory. The home side batted first and were dismissed for 125, with Ed Growden and Ben Hutson both claiming four wickets. When Sleaford batted, they needed only 15.2 overs to reach the required total, with Ben Lambert making an undefeated 73.
l This weekend, Sleaford entertain Grantham in an ECB Premier League fixture which starts at midday, whilst on Sunday in the Lincoln League Premier Division, Sleaford, sponsored by Specsavers, entertain Hartsholme with a 2pm start. Saturday’s South Lincs Premier League match sees Sleaford travel to Spalding, whilst on Sunday, The Academy travel to Bracebridge.