Waddington bounced back to winning ways after a 27-run victory against Carholme and leapfrogged their opponents into second place in the Lincoln & District League Division 3.
The hosts batted first and got off to a good start despite losing Jason Gallon reasonably early on for seven runs.
Captain and vice-captain Phil Dainty and Aidan Shaw built up an excellent partnership of 80 runs before a typical Waddington batting collapse. Carholme captain Justin Hunt got figures of 6-20 and was the architect of the Waddo collapse at that point in the match.
Ben Skilbeck and Joe Raw steadied the ship to get Waddo’s score back up again before the latter’s wicket fell. Skilbeck helped see Waddington through to the end as the hosts finished on 121/8.
Waddington’s bowlers started strongly when it was Carholme’s turn to bat as both Raw and James Husband took early wickets.
At one point Carholme found themselves 15/3 before a very good partnership from Daniel Marshall and Nial Evans threatened to take the game away from Waddington. Thirteen-year-old Nathan Kilroy eventually broke the partnership by taking the wicket of Marshall.
Carholme once again threatened with Evans batting well, while Waddington’s Lewis Bridge bowled a miserly five overs and took one wicket, conceding just nine runs.
The visitors finished on a total of 94 all out as Waddington won by 27 runs.
League leaders Bassingham continued their good run of form with a 74-run victory against Gully Cricketers.
With the threat of bad weather later on Sunday afternoon, the captains decided to play a reduced 32 over a side game.
Gully won the toss and invited Bassingham to bat. The hosts started cautiously and were 42/2 at the halfway stage of their innings. Opener Joseph Broomfield expanded his range of shots with clean hits to and over the boundary, with seven fours and seven sixes.
Broomfield was unfortunate to be bowled out on 99 as Bassingham finished on a 173/4 after 32 overs. Kashif Butt was the pick of the Gully bowlers with figures of 2/18 in his eight overs.
Gully tried to hit back in reply, but lost wickets at regular intervals. Pravin Bayaskar continued his impressive run of form with a well-made 40 runs (six fours and one six).
Bassingham’s target proved unattainable for Gully in the end as the visitors finished on 99/6 in the allotted 32 overs. Bassingham’s Chris Flood and Broomfield got two wickets each.
In the division’s other match Heckington claimed a seven-wicket victory away against Rustons.
Heckington won the toss and chose to field first and bowled Rustons out for 50 runs.
Adam Baxter top scored for Rustons with 14 not out. Riley Pickwell and James Wilson each took three wickets for Heckington, with the others being taken by Aaron Machin (2), Callum Kopp (1) and Harry Maplethorpe (1).
In reply, Robbie Townsend top scored for Heckington with 22 not out before retiring hurt. Uvaraja Selevaratnam finished on 12 not out as Heckington won the match with a total of 51/3. The wickets were taken by Rustons trio Andreas Terry, Martin Noble and Barrie Billinghay.
Lindum Academy were not in Division 3 action at the weekend. However, Lindum’s first team remain top of the Lincoln & District Cricket League Premier Division despite a 42-run defeat against Woodhall Spa.
Woodhall Spa batted first with Brendan Larenzi top scoring with 103 runs as the visitors finished on a total of 187/7. Jordan Peters and Ben Rolfs each took two wickets for Lindum, with Dan Taylor, Jack McLagan and Daryl Prendergast taking one apiece.
McLagan top scored with 58 runs as Lindum were bowled out for 145 runs. Tom Caswell was the pick of the bowlers for Woodhall Spa with figures of 5-13 from six overs.
In the same division Revesby’s 1st XI won by seven wickets in their home match against Bracebridge Heath.
Bracebridge Heath batted first with Olly Stringer top scoring with 37 runs as the visitors finished on 97/9. Mark Twells scored 56 not out as Revesby won the match with a final score of 101/2.