CRICKET: Woodhall Spa triumph at Stamford

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South Lincs & Border League

Premier Division

Stamford Town 172-7

Woodhall Spa 2nd 176-2

Woodhall Spa triumphed by eight wickets but lost the toss, with Stamford electing to bat on their home turf.

Stamford opener Matthew Haslam fell one run short of his half-century when he was caught by Thomas Dixon off a Matthew Haslam ball. Fellow opener Jason MacBeath was long gone, having been bowled by Connor Parsons for just two runs.

Third to the crease Mark Andrew went lbw to Lewis Holmes’s bowling for 22, whilst Ben Peck (38) and Gary Peck (14) were both run out.

Haslam’s second wicket was that of James Ferrow who he bowled out for four, and Philip Holland (2) was another to be run out, whilst David Holland (7no) and Jon Morley (19no) saw the innings out as the 32nd over was bowled.

Spa skipper Paul Timby (72) and fellow opener Matthew Sargeant (60) formed very much the backbone of the Spa reply, before both were caught by MacBeath off the bowling of Ben Peck.

Woodhall reached their target after 29.1 overs, with Christopher Anderson (10no) and Thomas Dixon (17no) entrenched at the crease.

Lincoln & District Sunday League

Premier Division

Bracebridge Heath 163

Woodhall Spa 164-2

Woodhall Spa’s Sunday side also won by eight wickets and also lost the toss, with Bracebridge Heath electing to take to the crease first.

Strike bowler Lewis Holmes took the wickets of openers Himesh Silva (12), caught by Jack Timby, and Alex Moor (13).

Bracebridge wicket keeper and captain Carl Stubbs (31) was caught by Jack Hughes off the bowling of Alex King (3-26) who, after Alexander Hardy (16) was run out by Christopher Anderson, also took the wickets of Steven Scott (33), caught by Jack Cooke, and Kyle Thompson for a duck.

Timby took his second catch to snare Sam Crabtree for 37, off the bowling of Cooke, whilst Etienne Botha took 2-3.

Holmes (3-18) secured his third wicket, with Paul Timby catching Sam Freeman out for two runs to walk back to the clubhouse with Oliver Stringer (6no).

In reply, Anderson carried his bat for 65 runs from 65 balls, including 10 fours, whilst fellow opener Henry Wilson was run out for 11 runs by Oliver Stringer.

Facing his fourth ball, Jack Timby went lbw for one run to Moor, but Botha more than shored up the Spa innings with an unbeaten 61 runs from 53 balls, including nine fours.