A brilliant bowling performance from Ben Wilkinson helped Horncastle U15s to an impressive win against Sutton on Sea in an East Lindsey League game.
Wilkinson produced matchwinning figures of 3-3 off four overs - featuring a hat trick - as Horncastle celebrated a 23 run victory.
All three of his victims were clean bowled. The first was Jay Turner and he followed up with the wickets of Ryan Worrell and Jake Hamilton as Sutton, chasing a Horncastle total of 91-7, were restricted to 68-8 off their 20 overs.
Wilkinson was presented with the match ball by club skipper Nick Paige as a memento of his performance.
Club spokesman Tim Hannam said: “Ben has been bowling well all season and hopefully he will continue to progress and soon be playing senior cricket.”
Horncastle had found runs hard to come by at the top of the order, but number five Curtly Wells (18) boosted the innings.
Skipper Thomas Johnson supplied the late fireworks, hitting two boundaries in an important knock of 22. Wilkinson (12 not out) lent support.
Horncastle knew they had a fight on their hands but Wilkinson’s outstanding efforts put them firmly in control.
Sutton tried to hit back but excellent work by Horncastle’s other bowlers - not least Curtly Wells (3-11) - secured a memorable success.
The U13s came close to record a ‘club double’ over Sutton, but had to settle for a tie after a thrilling finish.
Chasing Sutton’s total of 91-3 off 20 overs, Horncastle totalled 91-6 with one of their batsman being run out off the final ball of the match.
Top batter for the U13s was Edward George (21) while Oliver Clark, Freddie Lawie, Josh Woodwiss and George Leverton all bowled well.
*Horncastle’s Sunday first team were also involved in a tie in their latest Lincoln and District League Division Three game at Nocton.
Nocton posted a score of 96 all out with J White hitting an unbeaten 59 and Horncastle replied with a score of 96.