Cricket: Ibwest storm up table and put pressure on leaders
SPRINGFIELD Ibwest made a big step towards their target of overhauling Western Old Boys at the top of the John Pettit Grimsby and District Midweek Cricket League.
Due to ground availability issues later in the season, Springfield played two division one games in two days – and a maximum return has seen them close the gap to the leaders to a mere one point.
In their first fixture, they beat rivals Western Old Boys by 21 runs.
Springfield batted first and seemed in trouble when they lost early wickets. However, Mike Chamberlain was in imperious form and he carried his bat for 93 not out with a innings that featured nine fours and four sixes.
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He received vital support from Dale Coy who scored an unbeaten 36 and Springfield closed on 146 for three from their 16 overs.
The Old Boys reply was lead again by Stuart Airey who continued his free-scoring season by adding another 70 runs to his overall total and Ian Hallam also chipped in with 23 not out.
However, the Old Boys couldn’t reach their huge target and closed on 125 for three.
Only 24 hours later, they faced the challenge of One Medical at Cleethorpes Cricket Club and again they batted first. The sense of déjà vu continued as Springfield set another huge total. Ian Mansfield with 62no, including five maximums, top-scored in a final score of 142 for five from 16 overs.
One Medical battled hard in reply but were always just behind the required rate.
Elliot Drinkell top-scored with an unbeaten 33 and Attiq Ullah made 27, but three wickets for Dan Phillips kept Springfield on top.
Mansfield completed a fine all-round game with two for 22 and the Medics eventually closed on 105 for five, some 37 runs adrift.
One Medical had a fixture double-header and, sadly for them, their other fixture also resulted in defeat.
They suffered a nine-wicket loss to at the hands of the Punjab Lions.
The Medics made a poor start as the Punjabis opening attack of Pali (three for 17) and Qadeer (three for 15) ripped through their top order.
Only Zielinski with 24 made any significant contribution and two further wickets for Nico restricted One Medical to 82 all out in the 20th over.
The Lions run chase was well timed and they brought up victory with the loss of only one wicket with seven balls to spare. Indy Hayre returned to form with an unbeaten 51 while Indy Sandhu also contributed 20 runs.
In division two, a superb bowling performance from Brian Bagnall was not quite enough to secure a victory for Humberston over Cuxwold.
He returned figures of six for 14 from only four overs as Cuxwold were restricted to 77 for nine with G. Spurr top-scoring with 22.
The Humberston run chase started very brightly with opener Siddiqui making 29 runs before being run out.
This started a trend as the run outs then came thick and fast.
Excellent fielding led to a further four run outs and Humberston were left to rue being one player short as their ninth and final wicket fell with 75 on the board and only one ball left.
Visitors Tetney triumphed over Wilkin Chapman BWT in an enjoyable encounter under the rarely seen sun in Healing
Despite the best efforts of the bowlers, the Tetney top order were in free-hitting form and the BWT batters were unable to keep up with the required run rate, losing quick wickets late on as they desperately tried to claw back the game.
Earlier Joe Farmery had given the Tetney inning impetus and ably assisted by Dickens they quickly got the scoreboard ticking over. Once the youngest of the Farmery trio had finally been bowled by Dave Laister (four for 37), for 28, the middle order was rapidly removed, with Laister narrowly missing out on a hat-trick and Tom Hawkins claiming three for 21.
At 84 for eight, BWT looked to have a fighting chance, before experienced hands Paul Shawcross and Ron Farmery mounted a spirited final partnership, adding 34 and propelling Tetney to 116 all out.
The BWT reply was lead by Andy Fisher with an unbeaten 26 but four wickets for Paul Farmery helped restrict the run rate and the home team eventually closed on 89 for seven, 27 runs short of their target.
In division three, HLC Badgers continued their promotion form with an eight-wicket victory over Novartis.
Tony Corn carried his bat for 30 runs as Novartis posted 83 for seven from 20 overs. HLC Badgers comfortably reached this target as Wright made 47no and the victory was completed in the 16th over.
Keelby 1sts also chalked-up a victory as they overcame Hendry Electrical by 16 runs. Matt Travis made 29 as the villagers scored 106 for six. Hendry openers Parsons 34 and Battersby 22 gave their team an excellent foundation, but the push for victory was scuppered by change bowlers Brooker and Skipworth who with three and four wickets respectively swung the game in Keelby’s favour and Hendry were all out for 87 in 19 overs.
An excellent bowling and fielding disply by woodlands restricted Bradly OB to 85 for eight in their clash at Blossom Way. The innings was held together by Donaghue, with 44 n,o as his team recovered from 28 for six.
The Woodlands reply made a slow start with Ballard bowling economically. Skipper Keith Taylor 21 almost dragged the game back before being run out and Woodlands needed four to win off the last ball. However, a desperate scramble led to Lane (12) being run out.