CRICKET: Horncastle scorch their way to victory at home

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Blankney visited Coronation Walk to take on Horncastle on a scorcher of a day on Sunday, with home captain Nick Hill winning the toss and electing to bat on an excellent pitch.

This decision was vindicated with Horncastle making 230-5 from their 40 overs.

Openers Rob Bee and Jonny Clark got the innings going with some early boundaries, before the latter was bowled for 19. Liam Wilkinson joined Bee at the crease and played positively, striking two boundaries in his 10 before falling LBW.

Nathan Whiting arrived in the middle and batted very well to reach a half century. Bee fell caught and bowled for a well made 38, which brought Nick Hill in at five. Hill played beautifully, hitting some lovely drives in an entertaining 37.

Whiting eventually fell for 57 when trying to up the run rate late on, accompanied by some late hitting from Rich Hickling and Paul File to further advance the score.

Blankney’s reply never really got going with wickets falling at regular intervals.

Whiting started the ball rolling thanks to a good low slip catch from Hill. Bee and Hickling kept things tight in the middle overs, with Bee taking two wickets and Hickling one.

Ed Applewhite bowled with good pace and aggression and deservedly picked up a wicket. Steve West bowled three overs towards the end and also picked up a wicket.

Bee was brought back into the attack to clean up the tail and that’s exactly what he did. He picked up the last three wickets to end with 5-20, his first five wicket haul for the club.

Blankney ended 144 all out to leave Horncastle victors by 86 runs.