Horncastle enjoy massive away victory

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Horncastle Cricket Club travelled to Nocton for a Sills and Betteridge Lincoln Sunday League fixture this weekend.

Nocton won the toss and elected to bowl on a very green wicket.

Horncastle’s opening batsmen, Rob Bee and Lewis Lovegrove, withstood some early pressure and, while the bowlers got some assistance from the pitch, the pair battled hard to bring up their 50 partnership in the ninth over.

Both batsmen played with confidence and the runs really began to flow. Bee brought up his 50 with a cover drive. Their partnership reached 100 before Lovegrove was caught behind for a well made 37.

Bee carried on and really took the attack to the bowlers. He reached his maiden century for the club to the delight of the travelling support. He was eventually stumped for an excellent 108.

A late assault of 21 from Gareth Jones took Horncastle past the 200 mark to finish on 209-6, a very good total in challenging conditions.

Nocton’s reply never got going and they lost wickets at regular intervals. And with the first ball of the innings, the dangerous Garfoot was brilliantly run out by Jones with a direct hit from the deep.

An excellent exhibition of swing bowling from Ash Bullivant ripped the heart out of the top order. Ash finished with figures of 2-6 off seven overs. Rich Hickling and Micheal Ackerman kept up the pressure and blew away the middle order. Hickling bowled with great accuracy and picked up three wickets.

Nocton managed to scrape past the 50 mark but Steve Beckett and Steve West finished the job off to bowl Nocton out for just 57.

The fantastic all-round team performance meant a win for Horncastle by a massive 152 runs.

Next weekend, the Sunday side are once again on their travels, to face local rivals Woodhall Wanderers in a league fixture.

The first XI were without a fixture at the weekend but return to league action on Saturday with a trip to Haxey, when skipper Nic Hill will be hoping to have a bigger squad available to select from as the team goes in search of its first victory of the season.