Cricket: Horncastle fall to disappointing defeats

Horncastle Cricket Club 1st XI who went down to Owmby by 6 wickets. From the left (rear) ' Umpire David Chambers, Harry Smith, Kieron Wilson, Richard Dixon, Julian Lovely, Reg Hall, Joe Smith and umpire Brian Gulliver. Front ' Gareth Jones, Luke French, Nick Paige (captain), Rory Hannam and Liam Wilkinson
Horncastle Cricket Club 1st XI who went down to Owmby by 6 wickets. From the left (rear) ' Umpire David Chambers, Harry Smith, Kieron Wilson, Richard Dixon, Julian Lovely, Reg Hall, Joe Smith and umpire Brian Gulliver. Front ' Gareth Jones, Luke French, Nick Paige (captain), Rory Hannam and Liam Wilkinson

Horncastle Cricket Club’s 1st XI missed an opportunity to move up the table after losing by six wickets to Owmby.

Owmby won the toss and elected to bowl and Horncastle started brightly with openers Harry Smith and Nick Paige scoring 67 runs between them.

However, Horncastle’s eight remaining batsmen could only manage 51 runs with 10 extras between them as they were all out for 128 after 41 overs.

The travellers last four wickets fell for just two runs.

Samuel Atkins was Owmby’s best performing bowler, taking five wickets for just 30 runs.

In reply, Owmby’s batsmen took 36 overs to reach a total of 130.

Opening batsman Rakesh Chandar-Nair was caught by Richard Dixon from Joseph Smith’s bowling for 40 runs.

Reginald Hall, Rory Hannam and Gareth Jones each took wickets but couldn’t stop the home side from reaching their target.

Horncastle sit sixth in the Lincolnshire League First Division on 110 points behind the Outcasts on 113.

This Saturday the 1st XI welcome league leaders Broughton to Coronation Walk for a 1.30pm start.

The Sunday 1st XI were comfortably beaten by Sleaford in the Lincoln & District League Division 3.

Horncastle are first from bottom in the league on 38 points ahead of Waddington CC on 23.

The visitors elected to bat after winning the toss but the first four batsmen could only manage 28 runs.

Darren Clayton steadied the ship and managed a total of 53 not out as his side finished on 136-8 after 40 overs.

Sleaford wasted no time with their run chase and despite Ben Clarke bowling Simon Godby after 45 runs and then taking David Harrop for a golden duck the home side reached 140 after just 26.4 overs.

The Sunday XI will welcome second-placed Reepham CC on Sunday July 14 for a 2pm start.