An outstanding all-round performance from Harry Smith helped Horncastle Cricket Club to their first victory of the season in a Lincolnshire County League First Division clash at Hartsholme on Saturday.
Smith impressed with the bat and was in devastating form with the ball as Horncastle celebrated a 23 run victory.
Their total of 113 appeared to have left the door open for Hartsholme, but Smith ripped through their batting order, taking 6-61 as the home side were dismissed for 90.
It was a terrific result for Horncastle and skipper Nick Paige will be hoping his young side can build on the success over the coming weeks.
Paige and Smith opened Horncastle’s batting and put together an opening stand of 51 against some lively bowling.
Smith was the first to go for 21, but with Paige in fine form, Horncastle looked to be on course for a sizeable total.
However, when Paige fell to Sam Bunn for 36, Horncastle collapsed from 65-2 to 113 all out with only two of their lower order - Richard Dixon and Julian Lovely - reaching double figures.
The damage was done by Rob Thorne (5-44) and Bunn (3-59) who helped ensure four Horncastle batsmen failed to open their accounts.
Horncastle knew they needed quick wickets and Smith did not disappoint as he carved through the top of their order with some fine support.
At 13-4, Harstholme were reeling and although fifth wicket pair Adrian Putt (24) and Mark Leverett (22) briefly held up Horncastle, there was no stopping the visitors.
Smith picked up the scalps of Putt and Leverett and fittingly took the last wicket to fall as Harstholme were all out in the 27th over.
Horncastle’s next challenge in the league is a home game against Haxey on Saturday at Coronation Walk.
n Horncastle’s Sunday XI started their Group A campaign in the Lincoln and District League Premier Trophy with a resounding eight wicket win at Nocton.
Nocton made 133-9 but Horncastle romped to an eight wicket win on 134-2 to boost confidence ahead of next Sunday’s trip to Hougham and Marston.