CRICKET: Woodhall Spa seconds miss out at Grantham

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Woodhall Spa seconds paid the price for a poor batting performance as they lost by 51 runs at Grantham in a South Lincs and Border League Premier Division game last Saturday.

Woodhall must have felt fairly confident of a result at the midway stage after they restricted Grantham to 164-8 off 45 overs - thanks largely to some fine bowling from Darren Hunt who returned 5-31.

But openers Rob Bee and Jack Timby both went for ducks at the start of Woodhall’s reply and although Ben McCarrick and Matthew Haslam led something of a recovery, the visitors were dismissed for 113 in the final over of the game.

Title-chasing Grantham also appeared to be heading for a low total when Hunt took wickets at regular intervals in their innings to reduce them to 87-7 at one stage.

However, Sam Peters (3) led the fightback for the hosts with help from tailenders Mark Fell and Simon Oakes.

Neil Stevenson accounted for Bee and Timby as Woodhall made the worst possible start to their run chase.

McCarrick and Haslam both scored 23 but no-one could hang around long enough to threaten Grantham’s score with Oakes (4-37) doing most of the damage.