Cricket: Father and son propel Bracebridge Heath to victory

Father and son partnership Stuart and William Fraser-Cattanach played a key role as Bracebridge Heath moved up to second place in the Lincoln & District League (Divison 3) with a four-wicket victory at Gully Cricketers.

Gully won the toss and decided to bat first, however, they lost wickets at regular intervals despite some of their batsmen contributing with modest scores.

Pravin Bayaskar continued his decent batting form by top scoring for Gully with 43 runs. He was supported by Dan Valluvassery (25), captain Vel Sakthivel (19) and Rahul Garg (16).

Pravin top scored for Gully Crickets with 43 runs. Photo: Sri Iyer

Bracebridge Heath’s James Pudney took four wickets and conceded just 38 runs as Gully Cricketers finished with a total of 154/7.

In response, Bracebridge Heath started cautiously with 28 runs in the first 15 overs for the loss of both their opening batsmen.

Bracebridge Heath bowler James Pudney. Photo: Sri Iyer

Some excellent catching from Gully helped take two more wickets, but Stuart and William Fraser-Cattanach proved to be the difference.

Stuart finished with an unbeaten 84 not out and after the visitors lost two wickets his son William stuck with him for more than 10 overs, scoring three runs.

Bracebridge Heath were also supported by Adam Pursey’s 32 runs as they overhauled the target in the 36th over with a total of 155/6.

Gully’s spinners A.Sreedharan and Nagaraj Sivaji were the most successful bowlers for Gully Cricketers with three and two wickets respectively.

Gully batsman Pravin Bayaskar. Photo: Sri Iyer

The only other match in Division 3 on Sunday was near the bottom end of the table as Revesby’s 2nd XI claimed a seven-wicket victory at Rustons.

Rustons won the toss and batted first with Martin Noble top scoring with 40 not out.

Martin Noble of Rustons on his way to 40 not out. Photo: Andy Terry

Revesby’s Darren Hunt took five wickets and conceded just 13 runs in 10 overs, including five maidens, to restrict Rustons to a score of 99 all out.

In reply, James Pocklington and Aahad Khalid scored 44 and 23 runs respectively as Revesby finished with a total of 100/3. Rustons’ Russell Moore took two wickets and conceded just 13 runs from seven overs, including four maidens.

Revesby’s Darren Hunt bowling Kian Shiels of Rustons. Photo: Andy Terry

Lindum Academy were not in league action over the weekend, but their 1st XV beat Ancaster by eight runs in the Premier Division.

Ollie Alford top scored for Lindum with 82 runs as the hosts finished on a total of 187/6.

Will Harris was Ancaster’s highest runs scorer with 84 not out. Lindum’s Zac Shelbourne took three wickets as Ancaster finished on a total of 179/5.