CRICKET: Bee helps Horncastle get the victory buzz

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An outstanding performance from Rob Bee helped Horncastle Cricket Club’s Sunday League team to an excellent win against Bracebridge Heath in a Lincoln and District League Division Three game at Coronation Walk.

Bee cracked an impressive 73 - his second 50 of the season - to help Horncastle pile up a challenging score of 160.

When Bracebridge Heath threatened to challenge that total, Bee snapped up 3-25 off seven overs as the visitors were dismissed for 147 - leaving Horncastle to celebrate a 13 run victory.

Not that it was a one man performance as Horncastle deservedly consolidated their position in the top four of the table.

Bee opened the innings with Gareth Jones and the pair put on what proved to be a matchwinning effort.

Jones contributed a fluent 37 and solid batting from Andrew Bullivant (26) kept the board ticking over.

Bee stroked 13 boundaries in his 73 and it was something of a surprise when he was trapped leg before by Alex Moor.

His dismissal did expose Horncastle’s middle and lower order, which collapsed against the bowling of Joe Peveritt.

He picked up 7-36 from 10 overs as five Horncastle batsman failed to trouble the scorers.

The final total was less than Horncastle had hoped for and they encountered some stern resistance when Bracebridge Heath started their reply - not least from Jack Willey

He made 55 to keep his side in the hunt but Bee - introduced as third change - dismissed him with the aid of a smart catch by Danny Wells.

The odds were now stacked in Horncastle’s favour and Bee whipped out Peveritt and Max Moore before skipper Richard Hickling wrapped things up by clean bowling last man James Marshall.

Apart from Bee, Hickling finished with 2-13 while Ben Clarke took 3-27 and Bullivant 1-29.