Cricket: Batting errors haunt Town as Woodhall run to victory
DESPITE another battling display in the field, Grimsby Town CC 1sts slipped to a three-wicket defeat against in-form Woodhall Spa in the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League.
Town's batsmen struggled to post competitive targets as the ball moved around in seamer-friendly conditions.
After two days of rain, it was no surprise that Woodhall captain Jack Luffman invited Grimsby to bat first at Augusta Street.
Opening batsman Harry Warwick and captain Neal Snell departed early to leave the home side 24 for two.
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The one player to benefit from Grimsby's shaky batting form is 14-year-old Jack Wilson. He is getting to spend plenty of time at the crease and, with a solid technique, does not look flustered.
Wilson added 69 for the third wicket alongside the experienced Richard Antcliffe in the game's biggest partnership. Antcliffe, despite missing the last two games, looked in fine form as he hit 47, which included seven fours.
It was a surprise to see him guide one into the slips to be caught by Ben O'Brien off Matt Sargeant.
Two balls later, Sargeant could not believe his luck as Carl Taylor "holed out" to Sam Evison.
Wilson made 29 before he was bowled by a well-flighted off-break from Dan Milgate, who finished with three for 36 from his 11 overs.
South African Johannes Diseko made a useful 20 and was disappointed to be adjudged caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Jack Hughes off Milgate.
A couple of sixes from Lee Charlton helped Grimsby gain a second batting point but, with four players out for ducks, the innings closed at 152 all out after 47 overs.
Some consistent medium-pace bowling from Australian Ben O'Brien saw him return four for 30 from his 14 overs.
Woodhall really struggled for the first 20 overs of their innings as Town's players showed spirit.
The visitors lost wickets steadily and, when they got to 50, lost three wickets in ten balls.
Change bowlers Snell and David White left the Woodhall reply in some disarray at 50 for five in the 18th over.
White's first over saw him produce a double-wicket maiden – the fourth of the match.
The obdurate and feisty all-rounder Milgate never goes down without a fight and he smashed 34 from 32 balls before Gary Tillison trapped him lbw.
This left Woodhall at 96 for six and still with work to do.
But skipper Luffman (35) and Matt Sargeant (26 not out) did what was required as they added 50 for the seventh wicket. Carl Taylor had Luffman caught behind by keeper John Maddock but Grimsby were made to pay for their earlier batting frailties.