CRICKET: Seven-up Timby sees Spa seconds lose out in thrilling finish

Matt Haslam bowling for Woodhall Spa Cricket Club's 2nds EMN-150405-144502001
Matt Haslam bowling for Woodhall Spa Cricket Club's 2nds EMN-150405-144502001

Woodhall Spa second team were out of luck as they suffered a heartbreaking four run defeat against South Lincs and Border League rivals Grantham Seconds at Jubilee Park on Saturday.

Club coach Paul Timby turned back the clock with remarkable figures of 7-39 to help dismiss Grantham for 102.

It was a challenging total - even on Spa’s batsmen friendly wicket - but the hosts duly made a brave fist of it.

They looked set for victory in a pulsating finish, but youngster Oliver Caswell was run out for 12 with just five runs needed for victory.

Still, there were plenty of positives for Spa to build on - not least the performances of so many teenager players in their line-up.

Grantham’s total was built around an impressive 80 from opener Martin Parmley and there were useful contributions from David Richardson and Danny Ashley.

Spa, though, stuck to their task - none more so than Timby who took his seven wicket haul from 11.3 overs.

There was fine support from Matt Haslam (2-49) while Spa’s other wicket taker was Sam Cherry (1-51).

Spa needed a good start and Matthew Sargeant - still struggling with a back injury which is keeping him out of first team action - made 14.

Nitim Joachim (22) and Timby (26) kept the board ticking over with Henry Wilson (43) and Haslam (36) making valuable efforts.

The loss of Haslam on 166-8 was a hammer blow and Spa’s young tail earned high marks, despite the fact it was Grantham who edged over the victory line.