Winning Runs Halted

The winnigs streaks of both the 1st and 2nd XIs were halted on Saturday with a five wicket and 38 run defeat respectively.

At Louth, the 1stXI produced its worst performance and batting first could only muster 150 before being bowled out. Louth's professional, Amila Wettasinghe taking eight of wickets to fall. With the bat Sam Evison showed some grit and determination to bat throughout the innings and remained unbeaten on 56. He shared a fifth wicket partnership of 59 with Matt Sargeant (27) but on the latter's dismissal the visitors lost their final five wickets for just 31 runs.

The home batsmen tackled the low score perfectly and were very positive against the Spa bowlers and knocked off the required runs inside 31 overs for the loss of five wickets. Four wickets fell to Malinga Bandara and one to Ross Dixon.

The 1stXI still remain top by four points and have a week off this weekend but will be looking to bounce back to winning ways in a fortnight's time when they travel to Lincoln Lindum.

At Jubilee Park, Paul Timby's 2ndXI hosted league leaders and favourites Boston. The visiting captain won the toss and elected to bat on a flat and hard pitch and along with his fellow opener got the innings off to a flying start. Both batsmen rode their luck in the 92 run partnership and when Timby bowled Evans the visitors lost wickets at regular intervals but conintued to score at a good rate. The Spa bowlers and fielders stuck to their task well and bowled Boston out for 252, Timby taking 4-70 and vice-captain Pete Jackson took 3-40 from his 10 overs.

In reply, Jackson remained unbeaten on 43 as the home side made a good fist of chasing down the total despite losing some early wickets. Chris Anderson made a lively  24 and Connor Parsons batted well for 35 but Jackson, in partnership with Kieran Richardson (14) and Alfie Lindsey (22) took the score beyond 200 and maximum batting points. The Spa were finally bolwed out for 214 but still remain second in the table after securing 10 bonus points.

On Sunday, the Wanderers 2ndXI produced a convincing victory at Rustons. Batting first Pete Epton's side amassed 234-9 from their 40 overs. Alex King top scored with an entertaining 55 but useful contributions were made by Etienne Botha (40), Henry Wilson (30), Hugo Finley (33), Sam Cherry (19) and Alex Wilson (14).

In reply, in the face of some accurate bowling from John Temperton (0-21) and Luke Ware (2-17) the home side never really threatened the Spa score. After 40 overs they had scored  148-6 with skipper Epton taking two wickets and Henry Wilson and Both one apiece.

On Sunday these two sides meet again in the Divsion 3 League Cup Final at Sleaford, 2pm start.