Cricket: Tillison takes six in a knock-out display
GRIMSBY Town's defence of their Knock-out trophy began successfully with a 15-run win over Nettleham in an absorbing game in which the bowlers dominated.
Having been invited to bat, the hosts lost a wicket in the opening over, Jim Morgan nicking a ball off Juan Grobbelaar to wicketkeeper Craig Cosgrove.
Guest player George Linde, the former Town CC overseas star who is now playing in Lancashire, shared a stand of 46 with Richard Antcliffe, hitting a seemingly effortless 40 off 31 balls with a six and four fours.
But when Linde was caught by Jack Bayliss off Will Carter in the eighth over, the Grimsby run-rate stalled and the next four overs brought just 13 runs as Carter and his brother Mat kept the bowling tight.
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In this period, Grimsby also lost three more wickets, but an unbeaten 17 from Carl Taylor, supported by Johannes Diseko and then by Lee Charlton, who hit two mighty sixes near the close, took the final total to 115 for eight. Will Carter took three for 22 off his four eight-ball overs.
Nettleham also lost an early wicket when Matthew Cocks bowled Grobbelaar with only six on the board and, despite the efforts of Will Carter and Phil Brown, Nettleham dropped behind the run rate from the early stages.
Linde bowled an economical three overs that brought only nine runs and Cocks took two for 22 from his four overs.
However, the middle order rallied. Cosgrove and Mat Carter pushed the score along but, when Cosgrove was bowled by Tillison, Carter began to lose partners rapidly.
Going into the penultimate over, Nettleham still needed 26 runs – but when Taylor had Carter caught for 31, which came off 26 balls with two sixes and a four, the Lincoln sides hopes went with him and it was left to Tillison to clean up in the final over as Nettleham were all out for 100.
Tillison finished with six for 21 which earned him the man-of-the-match award, presented by match sponsor Rob Smith, of Solutions.
The overall competition is sponsored by Great Coates Motors Ltd and Grimsby Van Centre.
Grimsby will meet Louth in the first semi-final.
Next week's match is between Messingham and Lincolnshire Cavaliers.