CRICKET: Rain ends chances of Horncastle’s first win of the season

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Any chance of Horncastle Cricket Club gaining their first win of the season against newly promoted Outcasts at Coronation Walk, were scuppered by heavy April showers that landed just after tea on Saturday.

Horncastle welcomed back the experienced Nick Paige to the fray. Encouragingly the team also included three under 17s in the shape of Ash Bullivant, Ben Fidling and Tom Johnson.

The visitor’s decision to put Horncastle into bat looked questionable when openers Smith and Paige set back the Outcasts bowling stack. Paige showed glimpses of previous form scoring 37 while Smith completed his first half century of the season.

Unfortunately the remaining Horncastle batsmen were unable to build on the platform built by the opening pair, eventually being bowled out for 124. The final five wickets fell without the scoreboard total moving. Outcast’s bowler Paul Bradley finished the tail off with a 4-wicket maiden over.

With Outcasts on 42 for 0 after 13 overs the forecasted rain arrived, putting paid to any chance of a result.

Man of the match for Horncastle was Harry Smith.

On Saturday Horncastle travel north to Normandy Park for a Bob Welton cup fixture. The Sunday XI start their league campaign with a home against Billingborough, 2pm start.