Cricket: Improving Institute boys outgunned by Crows Nest
THE three lower divisions of the John Pettit Midweek Cricket League were severely affected by the wet weather last week.
In Division Four, Post Office won their first game of the season when they defeated Grainthorpe by five runs.
An enjoyable and sporting game took place at North Thoresby, where Grimsby Institute played host to Division Five rivals Crows Nest 2nds.
The visitors were making strides through their second-wicket pairing of Dave Winslow (27) and Reg Giles (25) until both batsmen were dismissed by F Ellis (3-1-20-2).
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Alec Hotchin (26 not out) and Dave McMullan (18 not out) kept the runs flowing, as Crows Nest closed on 122 for three after 20 overs.
McMullan (5-2-12-1) then bowled a tidy spell, but couldn’t prevent Ian Barnsley (12) and H Kumar (20) giving the Institute a reasonable start.
Two vital wickets for Hotchin (5-0-27-2) pegged the home side back as a late surge from F Rutherford (21 not out) and Ellis (40 not out) gave the Institute a final total of 108 for four and, despite attaining their highest score of the campaign, the Institute went down to a defeat.
In the Saturday division, the Rose and Crown paid their first visit to Healing Royal British Legion and were met by wet, but playable, conditions.
Bowling most of his spell in the rain, Mark Anglin (5-0-11-0) bowled a tidy opening spell for the visitors, while his new-ball partner Gavin Turner (5-0-16-1) made the initial breakthrough when he bowled A Bray for 10 in the ninth over, with 27 on the board.
Having just arrived back from South Africa, Johan Nieuwoudt wasted no time at all as he picked up a wicket with his first ball, then later in his first over bowled A Scott for 14.
Nieuwoudt claimed one more scalp to finish with three for 15 from four overs, while new signing Paul Hostad took two for 19 from five overs to leave the Healing side reeling.
A defiant partnership of 21 between Andrew Oldham (23) and J Mumby (eight) came to an end when Ken Meech (3-1-5-3) removed both batsmen, and Healing RBL were bowled out for 79 at the end of the 24th over.
Rose and Crown made a disastrous start to their reply as wickets for N Ballard (5-1-17-3) and Dave Topliss (2-0-9-1) left them on 15 for four and a deserved wicket for Chris Jennings (5-0-12-1) made it 29 for five.
The visitors staged a fine recovery, however, and led by skipper Kev Young (30 not out) and well-supported by Kieron Wressell (16 not out), their unbroken stand of 53 saw Rose and Crown home to a five-wicket win at the start of the 21st over.
The game between Harvest Moon and North Thoresby was rained-off. As cancelled games cannot be re-arranged, both teams receive one point each.