CRICKET: Sleaford CC clinch titles and runners-up spots

Cricket SUS-150806-142520001
Cricket SUS-150806-142520001

An outstanding weekend, during which all four teams were victorious, saw Sleaford Cricket Club clinch two championships and two runners-up positions and thus underline the strength in depth currently being enjoyed by the club.

In the ECB Premier League on Saturday, Sleaford first XI, sponsored by Wright Vigar, recorded a hard fought win at Grantham to clinch the runners-up spot, with the championship being denied them by Bracebridge’s victory at Bourne.

Sleaford won the toss and fielded first and, thanks to a five wicket haul from Shaun Morris, the home side were dismissed for 172, with Nick Goacher claiming three late wickets to earn his side maximum bowling points.

Thomas Shorthouse and Tim McIntosh gave their side a solid start with a partnership of 65 but when five wickets had fallen during the addition of the next 50 runs, the match was very much in the balance.

A partnership between Andy Hibberd and Oliver Burford edged the game back in Sleaford’s favour, but another collapse saw the scores level with Sleaford’s last pair at the crease as the final over began, but Morris completed a good personal performance with the winning run as his undefeated 18 saw Sleaford to a one wicket victory.

In the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division, Sleaford scored an emphatic 117 run victory against Spalding to round off an excellent season.

Sleaford made 249 in their scheduled overs with Ben Bulmer and Sumit Puri both making half centuries, and Spalding were dispatched for 132 with Kieran Harbron taking four wickets.

On Sunday, Sleaford first XI, sponsored by Specsavers, clinched the Lincoln League championship by virtue of a comfortable victory at Bracebridge Heath, with Louis Kimber making a century and Ben Lambert also contributing, whilst Sleafod Academy, sponsored by Turnbulls, clinched the Division Three title by beating the same opponents.

This weekend, Sleaford entertain Belton Park on Saturday and Woodhall Spa on Sunday in the final two games of the season.