CRICKET: Horncastle Sunday take the spoils in derby game against Woodhall Spa

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It was derby day as Horncastle Sunday XI faced local rivals Woodhall Spa in the Lincoln League Premier Trophy.

Woodhall won the toss and elected to bat first on a beautiful day at Coronation Walk in Horncastle.

This decision didn’t look a good one with Horncastle’s opening bowlers putting on early pressure. Tom Johnson got the breakthrough when he had Lindsey caught for 9. Johnson was at it again when he had Barker caught behind for 9 not long after.

This brought Etienne Botha to the crease to partner Henry Wilson. This pair steadied the ship adding 40 for the next wicket before Botha was well caught by Rob Bee off the bowling of Gareth Jones.

Epton soon came and went lbw to Ackerman leaving Woodhall’s young middle order to get them to a total of 132 all out. Late wickets from Bee and Lewis Lovegrove capped a fine performance in the field.

In reply, Woodhall got a quick breakthrough with Lovegrove caught at slip off the bowling of Richardson. Ben Fidling joined Rob Bee at the crease and set about making a big hole in the target.

Bee batted with control and rarely looked troubled until he edged behind for a well made 39. Fidling batted with flare, scoring at a quick pace. His knock of 38 included two big sixes off South African Botha.

Gareth Jones and Nathan Whiting took on the mantle and got Horncastle within sight of victory with some fine stroke play.

It was left to Andrew Bullivant and Jonny Clark to see Horncastle over the line to win by four wickets.