CRICKET: Spa seconds lose out in season opener

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Woodhall Spa second team were undone by Belton Park duo Gavin Clarke and Daniel Reynolds in their first South Lincs and Border League Premier Division game of the season on Saturday.

Clarke captured 5-45 from nine overs as Woodhall made 184-9 from their 42 overs and Reynolds then hit 85 to guide Belton to a six wicket victory.

A feature of Woodhall’s innings was a total of 50 extras with Belton’s bowlers serving up a staggering 32 wides.

Unfortunately, Woodhall’s batsmen could not match that tally as several players failed to build on promising starts.

Skipper Rob Bee made 22 before becoming Clarke’s first victim while fellow opener, 15-year-old Jack Timby, made 26 before being trapped leg before.

Ben Bradford, Matthew Haslam and Danny Wells all made useful contributions in a determined batting effort.

The outcome appeared to be finely balanced at the half way stage and Woodhall’s hopes soared when Belton Park lost opener Daniel Turner for a duck.

However, Reynolds cracked an impressive 85 off just 86 deliveries and with sound support from Matthew Law and Nick Law, Belton Park made it home with five overs to spare.

Woodhall’s bowlers also conceded 29 extras, including 25 wides in what appeared to be a busy afternoon for the umpires.