CRICKET: Horncastle are battered by Bracebridge Heath


Horncastle Cricket Club are still looking for their first win of the season in the First Division of the Lincolnshire County League after they were on the wrong end of a heavy defeat against Bracebridge Heath seconds.

Batting first, Bracebridge piled up 246-8 from their 46 overs and Horncastle’s batting again faltered as they were whipped out for just 60 - 186 runs short of an unlikely victory target.

It had all looked much different at the start of the game when Bracebridge elected to bat after winning the toss but lost openers Graham McDowell and Ryan Watson to pace man Harry Smith with just one run on the board.

From then on, Horncastle’s bowlers struggled to make an impact as Carl Stubbs (30) and James Wright (59) repaired the damage with a stand of 84.

The real damage, though, was done by Bracebridge skipper Stuart Fraser-Campbell, who hammered 76 while tail-ender Brett McGlade added a whirlwind 38 late on to pile up the runs - and pile on the agony for the Horncastle.

Smith never stopped trying and was the pick off the attack with 5-82 off 15 overs while Joe Smtih and Jim Watters snapped up a wicket apiece - but at some cost.

Facing that daunting target, Horncastle knew they would have to be at their best to get anywhere close.

Harry Smith and skipper Nick Paige figured in a determined opening stand but it was never easy against the lively McGlade and Paul Cook.

Bracebridge struck a hammer blow when Paige fell to McGlade for 12 with the board on 18 and that was the beginning of the end.

Smith made 20 before being run out but no other batsman made double figures as McGlade and Cook sliced through an inexperienced line-up in just 18.1 overs.

Jonny Clarke was the last to go without trouble the scorers as McGlade finished with 5-39 off 9.1 overs.

*Two of Horncastle junior sides enjoyed much better fortunes. The U15s won a friendly at Sutton on Sea while the U11s impressed in a league victory against Alford.