Cricket: Big victory keeps leaders Bassingham at summit

Bassingham remain top of the Lincoln & District Cricket League (Division 3) after a 99 victory away at Rustons.

The visitors batted first with Tom Wheldon hitting 78 runs and Josh Stamp adding 26 as Bassingham finished their innings with a total of 183-8.

Ruston’s Russell Moore took three wickets and conceded 32 runs in 10 overs.

Russell Moore of Rustons bowls Bassingham’s Luke Esson. Photo: Andy Terry

In reply, Martin Noble top scored with 20 not out for Rustons, who were bowled out in 31.4 overs for a total of 84 runs.

Bassingham’s Josh Stamp took three wickets and conceded nine runs from his five overs, which included one maiden. Luke Esson took two wickets and conceded just three runs.

Phil Dainty batting for Waddington. Photo: Sid Pritchard

Second-placed Waddington maintained their title challenge with a narrow home victory against Gully Cricketers.

Gully Cricketers lost the toss and were put into bat first. Openers Vel Sakthivel and Aravamuthan Sreedharan survived a tough opening spell by the Waddington pacers to put on a 54 run partnership for the first wicket. Nathan Kilroy, 13, took what was the first of his two wickets in the match.

The visitors lost two more quick wickets including one to a brilliant reflex catch off his own bowling from James Wright. Wright took another wicket later in the innings.

Sreedharan’s patient innings finally came to an end with a well-made 33 runs, including five fours. Wickets then fell at regular intervals, with only Gully skipper August Pandey reaching double figures with 22 runs.

Waddington’s Joe Raw took two wickets and conceded 34 runs. Lewis Bridge took four wickets and conceded just seven runs as Gully were bowled out for 130.

James Wright bowling for Waddington. Photo: Sid Pritchard

In reply, Waddington lost the wickets of Phil Dainty and captain for the day Aidan Shaw cheaply at the top order. They were not allowed to score freely due to some disciplined bowling from the Gully bowlers.

Ben Skilbeck and Charlie Broughton made useful contributions with 16 and 14 runs respectively, but it was Levi Mobbs scoring 51 not out who anchored the innings.

He was well supported by the lower order batsmen to see Waddington home. He struck the first ball of the last over for four to bring up his half century as Waddington secured victory with a total of 134/9.

Sreedharan took three wickets for Gully, with Pandey, Pravin Bayaskar and Puneet Mehrotra each taking two.

Carholme Cricket Club’s Daniel Marshall and Sam Shawley.

Daniel Marshall hit over 70 runs to help Carholme to a two-wicket victory away against Bracebridge Heath.

Bracebridge Heath batted first and finished with a total of 175 all out. Stuart Fraser-Cattanach (39), Kevin Coulson (40) and Josh Sperrin (34) also made key contributions with the bat.

Carholme chased their opponents down in 38.2 overs, but they didn’t have it all their own way. At one stage Bracebridge Heath had their opponents at 40/6, with James Pudney taking six wickets and conceding just 29 runs in his 10 overs.

Marshall then took centre stage with an excellent 81 not out to bring the game home for Carholme, supported by 44 runs from Sam Shawley. Carholme finished on a total of 176/9.

In the division’s other match, Revesby’s 2nd XI lost by seven wickets at Lindum Academy.

Revesby batted first and fell to 25/4 early on, but Paul File steadied the ship with 42 runs after long partnerships with Will File and Christian James. Revesby finished their innings with a total of 106/8.

Aahad Khalid, Chris Liversidge and Isaac Tyler each took a wicket for Revesby, but were unable to prevent Lindum from clinching the victory with a score of 107/3. Aidan Lockwood top scored for Lindum with 45 runs.

Lindum’s 1st XI were also victorious with a big 206-run victory at Scothern’s Sunday XI in the Premier Divison. Jack McLagan top scored for the visitors with 120 not out as Lindum finished with a total of 269/6.

William Bailey top scored for the hosts with 21 runs as Scothern were bowled out for 63.

In the same division, Revesby’s 1st XI claimed a 114-run victory against Fulbeck. Mark Twells hit 69 runs to help Revesby to a total of 195/5. Mikey Ridding and Simon May both took three wickets for Revesby as Fulbeck were bowled out for 81.

Woodhall Spa’s Sunday 1st XI hit a total of 279/4 to beat Bracebridge Heath, who were bowled out for 67.

Sleaford’s trip to Boston was abandoned due to an injury to one of their players – Conor Harbron.