CRICKET: Tate’s moment of magic seals victory for Horncastle

Horncastle CC's Sunday side.

Horncastle CC's Sunday side.

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Lincoln & District Sunday League

Division Three

Horncastle 197-8

Hykeham 178

Horncastle entertained Hykeham on a sunny day at Coronation Walk.

Home captain Rob Bee won the toss and without hesitation elected to bat first on a good looking pitch.

Hykeham’s opening attack put Horncastle’s openers under real pressure early on with some good bowling. They made the breakthrough when Lewis Lovegrove was caught for six.

Ben Fidling joined Bee at the crease and made an instant impact, racing to 10 with a four and a huge six. He was dismissed not long after, playing one shot too many, caught for 14. Bee and Gareth Jones played some lovely shots and both made it into the 30s before being bowled in similar fashion.

Nathan Whiting went in and played an excellent innings to see Horncastle past 100, and later over the 150 mark. Whiting played shots all around the wicket and ended 51no. Some late hitting from Jack Tate (17) and Ash Bullivant (11no) helped Horncastle to 197-8 from their 40 overs.

Horncastle needed an early breakthrough and that is exactly what they got through the bowling of Bullivant. Hykeham the steadied themselves well and put on over 50 for the second wicket. The partnership was broken with the score on 65, when Rich Hickling dismissed Irving for a well made 25.

Jones and Hickling made further breakthroughs to leave Hykeham on 91-4 at drinks, with the game finely in the balance.

Hykeham’s Ashton put the bowlers under real pressure with some fine shots including one massive straight six. He was the key to the outcome of the game and both sides knew this.

Bee and Tate were introduced into the attack and both took key wickets to push Horncastle closer to victory.

It was Tate who produced the moment of magic when he made Ashton play his shot on the up. With was Fidling at long-on to take a great catch, the game was Horncastle’s for the taking.

Three wickets from Bee and one more from Tate killed off the Hykeham innings, all out for 178, giving Horncastle victory by 19 runs.