Half-century pair can't save Grimsby Town CC from defeat at Lindum
GRIMSBY Town Cricket Club's brittle temperament with the bat came back to haunt them as they collapsed to a dramatic 16-run defeat at Lindum.
Despite half-centuries from Neal Snell and Harry Warwick they were unable to chase down a target of 184 for victory and lost their final five wickets in an incredible 12 deliveries.
The defeat means Grimsby can now finish no higher than seventh in the league. They complete their Readers ECB Lincolnshire Premier League campaign on Saturday with a home game against bottom side Boston.
Lindum's captain Jon Miller, a former Town player, won the toss and chose to bat first in hot and sunny conditions.
The home side's batsmen made slow progress against some accurate Grimsby bowling.
Town captain for the day, Carl Taylor, bowled only four overs before handing the ball to left-arm spinner Johannes Diseko.
For the first time in the season, Diseko bowled his full allocation of overs – and he did not disappoint, taking three for 33 from 17 overs.
He was well supported by medium pacer Lee Charlton who sent down 17 overs to finish with one for 42.
Alex Hornsby battled hard for Lindum and scored a deserved half-century, making 53 from 94 balls. His fifth-wicket partnership with Geoff Middleton saw 55 runs added in eight overs as the home side's innings gained momentum.
Hornsby and Middleton ran well between the wickets and Middleton, another former Town favourite, played some inventive shots as he advanced to an undefeated 39 from only 35 balls. His innings included a six, perfectly despatched over the mid-wicket boundary.
Lindum closed at 183 for five from 50 overs.
Grimsby's innings followed a fairly similar pattern to Lindum's – the batsmen made steady progress, without being able to get ahead of the required run rate.
Opener Richard Antcliffe and wicketkeeper John Maddock departed with the score on 38 in the 14th over. Both fell to left-arm medium pacer Oliver Guilliatt, who took two for 24.
Neal Snell tried to break the shackles and hit some well-timed leg side shots as he and Harry Warwick added 69 for the third wicket.
Snell completed his first half-century of the season with 53 from 81 balls, including seven fours. He was dismissed by a Gayan De Silva. After an accurate opening spell, the Sri Lankan left-armer returned to cause havoc and swung the match Lindum's way.
Warwick batted patiently and with maturity, recognising that if Grimsby were to win he would need to bat through. He added 48 for the sixth wicket with Diseko, even though both batsmen came close to running the other out.
Unfortunately for Town, Warwick was unable to finish the job off and was disappointed to hit a full toss from leg spinner Jon Miller straight back to the delighted bowler. Warwick made 53 from 105 balls.
After this, De Silva picked up another couple of victims to finish with an impressive five for 33 from 14 overs.
In an exciting climax, Gary Tillison ran himself out and then Carl Taylor smashed Miller skywards for Guilliatt to take a well-judged catch.
A delighted home side celebrated as Town were all out for 167, with eight balls remaining.