CRICKET: Middle order collapse signals defeat for Horncastle

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Lincs County League

Division Two

Cherry Willingham 2nd 169

Horncastle 109

Playing at home, Horncastle lost the toss and were asked to field.

Pick of the home bowlers was Joel Hughes (4-19), with opener Cameron Donald (18) the first of his four victims. Tom Robinson claimed the wickets of James Gray and Ben Jackson for six runs apiece, whilst John Singleton was run out for 39.

Cherry Willingham skipper Craig Bartlett (21) fell to the bowling of opposing captain Richard Hickling, who also bowled Adam Langford for nine. Stephen West caught Caleb Pipes-Goulsbra (5) off the bowling of Ben Clarke, whilst Hughes took his third and fourth wickets when he bowled Keith Whiteley for 22 and last man Luke Benyon for a duck.

In reply, Horncastle’s Paul File notched 30 runs before he was caught by Gray off a Jackson ball.

Fellow opener Gareth Jones (8) went the same way to Donald Whiteley respectively, as did Ashley Bullivant (6) to Gray and Russ Binnington.

Horncastle’s innings collapsed from the middle order onwards, with Hickling, Stephen West, Tom Johnson and Ben Clarke all out for ducks, with number 10 Hughes only managing eight runs before he was bowled by Binnington.

Lincoln & District Sunday League

Division Three

Horncastle 188

Bracebridge Heath 2nd 189-7

Horncastle got off to a poor start when Kieran Wilson and Liam Wilkinson went for two runs apiece.

The innings was shored up by Ben Fidling’s half-century and Gareth Jones’ 59, but apart from skipper Nathan Whiting’s 42, only 16 runs came from Horncastle’s remaining batsmen Ashley Bullivant (0), Jonathan Clark (1), Michael Ackerman (9), Tom Johnson (0) and Edward Applewhite (0).

Bracebridge Heath meant business, with the solid opening partnership of Oliver Bentley (50) and Jack Willey (68), until Bentley was caught by Clark of a Jones ball and Willey went lbw to an Ackerman delivery.

Applewhite bowled Joshua Sperrin for 26, whilst Ackerman took out Ciaran Wolverson for five. Ackerman took a further three wickets, but Bracebridge still had three to spare when they reached their target.