CRICKET: Horncastle under-15s complete double after nail-biting cup final

Horncastle CC under-15s
Horncastle CC under-15s

Horncastle under-15s completed a double by adding the East Lindsey Cup to their East Lindsey League title after they defeated Sutton on Sea in a nail-biting final at Skegness last week

Sutton won the toss and elected to bat. Oliver Bolland and Ed Applewhite bowled the first six overs, only conceding 10 runs. Freddie Lawie entered the attack and took the wicket of Stubbs. This brought to the wicket Sutton’s best batsman Nelson who struck a rapid 31 and, with support from Turner and Thorndyke, accelerated the scoring so that Sutton were sitting comfortably on 60-3 after 14 overs. With a further six overs, remaining a score of over 100 looked likely.

However, Applewhite returned to the attack and bowled Turner. Then brothers Peter and Edward George bowled in tandem to take the last six Sutton wickets while amazingly only conceding two runs. This devastating spell of bowling included a hat trick for Peter and meant the Sutton were eventually all out for 82.

Horncastle’s started their innings badly, losing captain Peter George for a single run and Chris Bargh for a duck in the first two overs. Ben Wilkinson then went for five and Horncastle were in all sorts of trouble.

But George Littleworth came in and settled nerves amongst the Horncastle supporters by blasting a quickfire 30, including a massive six over mid-wicket. When George Leverton was bowled for a single, Horncastle still needed 31 to win with five wickets in hand.

Jamie Riddle, Edward George and Joe Banham then batted sensibly by pushing quick singles. When Riddle and George were out in quick succession, Sutton were back on top and sensing victory. But Applewhite came to the crease to hit a rapid 14 and swing the match back Horncastle’s way. Banham and Lawie then calmly knocked off the few remaining runs needed for Horncastle to win.