McIntosh’s century proves the difference

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Sleaford CC’s First XI moved up to second place in the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League on Saturday when they defeated league leaders Woodhall Spa by an 83-run margin.

After winning the toss, Sleaford were given a positive start by Tim McIntosh and Tom Shorthouse, who took the score to 64 before the dismissal of Shorthouse for 19.

Louis Kimber (19)and McIntosh took the total beyond three figures before Kimber was dismissed.

Despite losing Jonathan Cheer and Matthew Mountain for single-figure scores, McIntosh went on to make an outstanding 105 before being dismissed with the score at 168.

Andy Hibberd added 31 runs as Sleaford ended on 215-8.

With the ball Shorthouse and fellow slow bowler Angus Youles claimed three of the first four early wickets to fall after Shaun Morris had made the initial breakthrough.

The home side subsided to 132 all out to leave Sleaford with an important victory as the season moves in to it’s final stages.

Shorthouse claimed five wickets whilst Youles claimed two very important scalps and Nick Goacher weighed in with two wickets.

Woodhall, however, returned to second place at Sleaford’s expense after picking up points for a cancelled game against leaders Bracebridge Heath on Monday.

Sleaford will now host Market Rasen Firsts on Saturday.