Cricket: Western continue fine start to the campaign
MUCH brighter weather greeted the top-flight teams as action continued in week two of the John Pettit Grimsby and District Midweek Cricket League.
Western Old Boys made it two out of two when they played host to Blossom Way Old Boys at the Linden Homes Ground.
Batting first, Western got off to a good start with Stuart Airey (58) and Paul Ridley (13) taking the score to 54 for one off seven overs.
The introduction of Dave Unsworth (five for 16) and S Wooley (two for 26) applied the brakes to the Western score to 102 for nine.
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In reply, Todd (21) and Unsworth (23) seemed to have set a good foundation for Immingham to go for victory.
However, some good bowling, with all four Western bowlers in the wickets and excellent fielding, saw the game swing back in Western's favour.
With 23 required from the final over, Immingham Old Boys finished their innings on 88 for seven.
Punjab Lions managed to put their first points on the board this season with 58-run victory over Willy's Cleethorpes.
The Lions batted first and were indebted to opener Indy Hayre, who with 97 not out, posted the highest individual score of the season so far.
Hayre survived hotly disputed run-out appeal on his way to helping his side to 165 for two from only 16 overs – the other significant contribution being from Pali who smashed a late 34no.
Paul Sunley was the bowling pick with one for 16. Sunley, with 42, then impressed with the bat as his opening partnership with Butterfield (29) gave Willy's a solid start.
However, they were always behind the required rate and two wickets in one over from Jaggi helped ensure the Lions defended their total.
After a fixture-free first week, Springfield Ibwest made a winning start to their campaign at Grimsby Town Pumas.
Dave White will consider himself unlucky to be on the losing side as he removed the top four Springfield batsmen, but 37no from Ian Mansfield, batting at number seven, pushed Springfield on to 88 for seven.
Openers Wood (34) and Brendan Volley (33) gave the Pumas a great start, but the innings fell away to close on 85 for four with David Mansfield's two for 17 being the pick of the figures.
WILKIN Chapman BWT have set the early pace in division two and their unbeaten start continued with a comfortable win over Waltham Millers.
BWT set an impressive 115 for one from 20 overs with Callum Robinson carrying his bat for 63 not out and Andy Ottley chipping in with 22no.
Neal Rothwell was the only successful bowler as he dismissed Mason for 21.
The Miller's reply was rocked early on as Chris Laister bagged two early ducks and the prize scalp of Rob Griffin for 24 on his way to final figures of three for 24.
Brother Dave then joined the party, helping himself to three late wickets for only 14 runs as the run chase closed on 70 for eight from 20 overs.
Tetney secured their first win of the season when they cruised past Harvest Moon.
The villagers posted an excellent 118 for six from 16 overs with opener A George (41) among the runs.
Phil Hutchinson was the bowling pick with one for eight from his four overs.
The reply never looked like troubling the required rate as wickets fell at regular intervals.
Moon's top-scorer was the returning Olsen with 16, but economical bowling, including a double wicket maiden from George, meant they closed on 47 for nine.
Humberston entertained Catholic Sports and the visitors batted first.
Graham Clarke set the innings on its way with a solid 38 before being run out, a fate that also befell number five Barlow (24).
The Catholics closed on 126 for seven with Graham Avison grabbing three wickets and Hayley Butts taking two.
Campbell (47) and Parker (34) gave Humberston a flying start before both fell victim to Henry, two for 12. Andy Bagnall kept up the momentum and his 28no saw Humberston home with an over to spare.
The hospital pitch was considered unplayable and, as a result, Phoenix and Cuxwold shared the points.
In division three, Woodlands beat Novartis 1.
Choosing to bat first, Woodlands were soon in trouble on five for two with Cox (two for 19) removing both openers.
This brought Paul Fannon (35) and Matt Burgess (24) together and their 70-run partnership was the mainstay of Woodlands' 90-run total, from 20 overs.
The Novartis reply also made a sticky start as Tony Humphrey (three for 13) took a wicket with his first ball and impressed on his return from a year-long injury absence.
Number five Short (24) gave his side hope, but change bowler Fannon (four for 14) completed a fine all-round game by rattling the stumps of the middle and lower order and Novartis were dismissed with four balls remaining for 81.
Hendry Electrical couldn't raise a side, so the points were awarded to Rovers.