Horncastle Cricket Club hopes of making a flying start to their First Division campaign in the Lincolnshire County League wrecked by Haxey’s Wasim Ahmed.
At Coronation Walk on Saturday, pace-ace Ahmed captured 7-33 off 13 overs as Horncastle - asked to bat first - were bundled out for just 80 and Haxey romped home by seven wickets to take maximum points.
Horncastle young side never recovered from the early loss of experienced skipper Nick Paige, who became the first of Ahmed’s seven victims with just 11 runs on the board.
Paige’s fellow opener Harry Smith, Phil Roberts and Gareth Jones battled into double figures, but all three fell to Ahmed.
Smith’s 16 proved to be the top score of the innings as wickets continued to fall at regular intervals.
Keiran Wilson went first ball and none of the lower order batsmen could make much impression with Aaron Moody taking three wickets.
Horncastle knew the odds were stacked against them and needed quick wickets to stand any chance of bowling out Haxey cheaply.
Roberts clean bowled Luke Allen for just six with the score on 15, but second wicket pair Mark Metlcafe and Eddie Wraith were difficult to dislodge.
They took the score to 46 before Jones dismissed Wraith for 10 with the aid of a smart catch by Smith.
Andrew Steeper (8) did not last long, but with such a small total to defend, Horncastle faced an impossible task.
Metcalfe batted right through the innings for an unbeaten 38 as the winning runs came in the 22nd over.
Jones was the pick of the bowlers with 2-23 off six overs and Paige will be hoping his new-look side bounce back at Owmby next Saturday.
n The club’s U15s face two matches over the coming days.
They entertain Grimoldby on Friday evening and then visit Sutton on Sean next Monday.