Cricket: Rain forces draw in final Division 3 match

Division 3 drew to a close as league champions Waddington’s match against Lindum Academy was abandoned before the end due to torrential rain.

Waddington clinched the title with a game to spare when they won at Carholme last time out, but they were determined to end the season with another win.

Due to the weather both captains agreed to a reduced game of 24 overs each.

Lindum won the toss and chose to bowl first. Waddington’s opening pair of Charlie Broughton and Ben Skilbeck were limited to one run per over due to some good bowling from Angus Pickering and Tom Marshall.

After losing the wicket of Broughton captain for the day Aidan Shaw hit a quick-fire 14 runs in two overs.

Alan Franker Anton bowled well for Lindum after taking three wickets and conceding just 13 runs. Youngsters Marshall and Oliver Houldershaw also bowled well to contain Waddington’s batsmen, while Zac Shelbourne and Pickering each took a wicket.

Waddington steadied the ship as Joe Raw got some lower order runs with Billy Evans before the latter was out by lbw for 14.

James Husband unfortunately ran out team-mate Jack Dainty in the closing stages of the innings, after Raw ran himself out, as Waddington finished on a total of 81/8.

Waddington’s Husband took two early wickets to dismiss Tom Mathew and Harry Lewis in the first over of Lindum’s innings.

Angus Pickering then got off to a good start before rain put pay to everyone’s day with Lindum on 11/2.

The teams shared the points as Waddington finished as champions in Lincoln & District League – Division 3. Third-placed Lindum fell short of promotion by just nine points.

The final standings in the Lincoln & District League – Division 3. Photo: Play-Cricket

Waddington captain Phil Dainty was full of praise for his side after their title-winning season.

He said: “What a season and big congratulations to all connected with Waddington Cricket Club. From groundsman Ted to tea ladies June and Lisa, without these people we would not be able to play.

“Division 3 was a great league this year and well done to all teams for making Sunday’s very enjoyable. Levi Mobbs has been a real find with the bat and the two James’ – Hubbo and Wright – have been brilliant with the ball.”

Captain of Lindum’s 1st XI Ben Rolfs in action against Sleaford earlier in the season before he returned to Australia. Photo: Russell Dossett

The only match scheduled in the Lincoln & District League – Premier Division was Woodhall Spa’s trip to Revesby, but the match was abandoned due to the weather and the spoils were shared with five points going to each team.

The final standings in the Lincoln & District League – Premier Division. Photo: Play-Cricket

The result saw Lindum’s 1st XI finish as league champions.