Caistor still in hunt for Lincolnshire County Cricket League premier division title as Nettleham slip-up
CAISTOR Town's hopes of winning the Lincolnshire County Cricket League Premier Division were given a big boost – even though they were without a game last weekend.
The solitary game in the top flight last Sunday, between Nettleham and Cherry Willingham, was of great interest to players and officials far beyond the Lincoln area.
For mid-table Cherry's 79-run success at Mulsanne Park ended Nettleham's hopes of lifting the title – which will be secured by either Alford, Caistor, Barton Town or Scunthorpe Town.
It was Nettleham's final fixture, while the other contenders have one remaining – two in Scunthorpe's case.
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Cherry's victory owed a great deal to another telling contribution with the bat from all-rounder Tom Cuthbert, who made 93 in the number seven berth.
Scott Coupland's 47 was the only other sizeable contribution in a total of 202 for eight in the full 50 overs, Juan Grobbelaar bowling his full allocation of 17 overs for a return of five for 67.
Nettleham failed to rise to the challenge, being bowled out for 123, in which Dave Manby – number three on the card – batted through for an unbeaten 53.
Will Carter took four for 28 and Joe Dobson four for 36.
Inspired by Carter, Cherry Willingham also made a severe dent in Alford's title aspirations on Saturday with a 46-run home win.
Cherry were all out for 103, Will scoring 46, as Darrell Crow took four for 16.
Will then grabbed eight for 23 as Alford were skittled for 57.
There were no slip-ups from Scunthorpe Town, who won by five wickets the previous day when they entertained mid-table Cleethorpes 2nds at Heslam Park.
The Meggies made a decent 177, Inderjit Hayre scoring 66 and Ian Mansfield 33, as Ramesh Chand gave little away to return figures of five for 20 in 17 overs.
Captain Ian Snowden (64) and Shaunak Sen (49 not out) were the mainstays of Town's successful run chase, despite the efforts of Matty Owen (three for 66).
Scunthorpe took the maximum 20 points from this fixture.
However, that was not the case for Barton Town, who failed to dismiss their opponents.
Half-centuries from James Barker (57) and Adam McDermott (51) helped Barton overtake Messingham's 174 for six, of which Tom McDougall scored an undefeated 60.