All four of Sleaford CC’s teams were victorious at the weekend and therefore all retained their chances of finishing first or second in their respective leagues.
Fielding first in the ECB Premier League on Saturday, Sleaford first XI, sponsored by Wright Vigar, made steady inroads through the Market Rasen batting line up which eventually posted a total of 146 thanks to useful contributions from Charlie and Liam Scales. The wickets were shared by five of the Sleaford bowlers in another good all round display.
Despite the early scare of losing both Thomas Shorthouse and Louis Kimber, a partnership between Tim McIntosh and Matthew Mountain took Sleaford in sight of victory before the latter was dismissed for 60. McIntosh went on to make an undefeated 70 as his side eased to a seven wicket victory to move in to second place and retain their hopes of winning the league title, although Bracebridge remain favourites.
In the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division, Sleaford recorded an excellent victory at Belton Park to remain as runners up in the competition.
Batting first on a damp wicket, Sleaford did well to post a total of 146-5, with Michael Shelley and Ben Bulmer the principal contributors.
In reply, the home side were unable to cope with the Sleaford bowling attack of Shelley and Mason Mansfield who took all 10 wickets between them as they dismissed their opponents for only 39 to record a comprehensive victory.
One particularly pleasing aspect of this victory was that the average age of the side was only 21.
In the Lincoln Sunday League Premier Division, Sleaford first XI, sponsored by Specsavers, recorded an eight wicket victory at Lincoln Lindum after dismissing their opponents for 162.
Mansfield was amongst the wickets for the second successive day whilst Ian Shorthouse also weighed in with three victims. Sleaford made light work of their victory target thanks to McIntosh and Kimber and lost only two wickets as they recorded a comfortable win.
Sleaford Academy, sponsored by Turnbulls, now need to win next Sunday’s home match against Bracebridge to be crowned champions of Lincoln Sunday League Division Three following last Sunday’s victory at Hykeham.
The home side were dismissed for 97 with Conor Harbron taking five wickets, but Sleaford were indebted to a innings of 32 by Kurt Colyn to enable them to pass the home side’s total with only two wickets in hand.
This weekend Sleaford first XI travel to Grantham on Saturday, needing a victory to retain any chance of snatching the title, whilst at Sleaford the home side entertain Spalding as they seek to consolidate their runners up position.
On Sunday, Sleaford first XI travel to Bracebridge, whilst The Academy entertain the same opponents as they aim to win their championship.