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Latest from Vic Mills - Project Front Foot
Head down, whack it
The rain was largely the winner this weekend as the Saturday 1st team and Sunday Academy were the only sides to get through their games without being affected by the weather. The Saturday 1st XI hosted Skegness at the LCG and were asked to bat first in bowler friendly conditions. Will Wright was removed early on for three by Skeg’s overseas, Courtney Walsh, after fending one to short leg, before fellow opener Charlie Tomlinson and number three Montgomery Burns put on 60. Both fell in quick succession for 37 and 26 respectively to leave Lindum on 70-3. Numbers four, five and six, Luke, Ruthers and Bish, made 29, 34 and 33 as the middle order chipped in nicely before the tail fell cheaply as the bottom five fell for 14 between them. Lindum were bowled out off the last ball for 198, just shy of a fourth batting point.
Spin was the winner in Skegness’ innings as Ruthers was handed the new rock alongside James Kimber, and the former ripped through the top order as he removed five of the top six to claim his second Michelle of the season with figures of 13-9-12-5. Not bad really. Catches were taken by Bish, Luke (2), Charlie and Geoff while Will W claimed one off James. Joe Peatman then got in on the action after clean bowling the number seven, before Jonny wrapped things up with the last three wickets with an LBW, a catch by Charlie and stumping for Bish. Skeg were bowled out for just 84 in the 36th over as Lindum claimed a comfortable victory to take them within 10 points of top of the table Sleaford.
The 2nd XI were denied victory by the rain and the league’s questionable rules as they drew away at Alkborough. After losing the toss, Lindum batted first on another green, bowler friendly deck. Despite a fairly solid start in which openers Tom Lea and Matt Pickering put on 40ish, things quickly turned in Alkborough’s favour as Picko dragged on onto his stumps, Ollie was caught by a one handed camera-catch at cover, Grant was bowled by a full toss, Ozzy snicked one behind, Tom looped one to mid-on and Angus was bowled by a nut to leave Lindum in somewhat of a mess on not-enough-runs for six. Euan Pickering and skipper Benson steadied the ship to take Lindum to drinks, before the latter was out LBW the first ball after the break. Euan was then caught for 22 before Max picked out the only man more than 10 metres from the bat to leave Lindum struggling on nine down. However, Nick Kimber and Jake Benson batted excellently to take Lindum to a more than competitive 149 before Jake was caught with five overs to go. The innings finally came to an end as Alkborough took all of THREE HOURS to bowl the 40 overs. The inevitable rain, along with an abundance of thunder and lightning, put an extended stop to the action over tea as a good old-fashioned game of changing room cricket ensued. When the rain finally moved on it was decided that for some reason, despite the fact it was now bright sunshine and would be for the rest of the evening, that the game would restart at 5:45, and then once the clock ticked to 6:30, only 20 overs would be played from that point. Who comes up with this stuff? Anyway, as Alkborough only had 10, Lindum would have around 30 overs to take nine wickets. Things started perfectly as Nick removed the opener with what can only be described as a peach of a delivery second ball, before first change Tom Lea had the number three caught behind. Then, the episode that followed can only be described as the worst, yet rather amusing, piece of cricket to ever grace a cricket field. Matt Benson bowled, the batsman edged, Tom Lea dropped at slip. The non-striker thought the ball had run away, so called through for a single and sprinted down the other end, putting in a full length superman dive while the other batsman was literally stood next to him in the crease, refusing to run. Meanwhile, Tom threw the ball to Matt who was stood no more than a yard from the stumps, with the batsman STILL standing his ground in the other crease. Benno dropped the ball as the batsman decided he may as well make a dash for it, only for Benno to fail to pick up the stationary ball not once, not twice, but three times as the batsman made his ground before the wickets were finally broken. I mean, what have I just witnessed??? Anyway, Benno made amends by bowling the bloke he should’ve run out six times, before taking a sharp catch at short mid-on off Tom Lea. Benno then claimed another as the batsman top-edged one down Picko’s throat at mid-on, before Angus and Nick clean bowled the next two batsmen, leaving Lindum with two wickets to take in eight overs. However, the breakthrough couldn’t be made as the match eventually finished in a draw with both sides claiming 10 points each. There was some minor controversy at the end as Lindum, under the umpire’s guidance, thought there was one over remaining when in fact the 20 had been bowled, causing Jake Benson to march off the pitch and “nearly put a stump through someone’s head” and skipper Matt to give the umpire a piece of his mind. Nevertheless, things ended on good terms as the Ramblers made the long trip back to Lindum again deprived of a deserved victory.
The Exiles were the only team on Saturday who did fall victim to the weather as they were saved by the rain in a top of the table clash against Brigg at Brocklesby Park, which was, erm, an interesting venue. Bowling first on a pudding of a wicket literally next to a cow field, Brigg were bowled out for 154 in the 43rd over as Harry Wells finally found some form with the ball, claiming a fifer with figures of 13-1-35-5. Ted Horner-Timmins took three while possible future Prime Minster Boris Waller celebrated the Brexit in claiming two. Catches were taken by Aidan Lockwood, Dan Hobson and Michael Cunnington. Lindum’s short-lived innings was somewhat of a disaster, as openers Jon Begley and Aidan fell for 0 and two respectively before Joel went for 11 and Dan fell for 15 just before an Indain monsoon came to Brocklesby Park. The game was abandoned with Lindum on 30-4, taking home 10 points while Brigg, despite looking favourites to go on and win, only claimed eight.
On Sunday, the Saturday 2nd XI were due to host Cleethorpes in the quarter-final of the Bob Welton Cup. However, Saturday evening’s deluge meant that there was no play possible at the LCG, and after refusing to travel for a game at the fit-to-play Barracks or to have a bowl-off, Cleethorpes conceded the tie to Lindum who are now in the semi-finals, despite only playing one game in the competition after also being handed a bye in the first round.
As Cleethorpes preferred not to travel to the Barracks, the Sunday Academy were free to host Carholme on a ground which, due to something to do with the drainage system and type of soil or grass or something or other, was much more playable than the Lindum. On a very green wicket, Carholme batted first and it was slow going as they were eventually bowled out for 106 in the final over, with all bar 2.5 overs being bowled by under 13s. Rishabh Gupta and Charlie Portlock were the standout bowlers, claiming excellent figures of 10-6-5-2 and 6-1-8-2 respectively while the rest of the wickets were shared around. The total was knocked off with ease in the 19th over with two wickets down as skipper Adam Lilley struck 77 while Sunday debutant Rob Cohu hit the winning runs with a sweetly struck six.
The action doesn’t stop there, as there was a midweek cricketing feast in an Albion Cup semi-final between Lindum and rivals Bracebridge Heath on Wednesday night. In the decider of the Lindum-BBH mini-series, the other two being last weekend’s Saturday and Sunday fixtures of which each side won one of, Lindum decided to have a bat first. Will Wright was the star of the show with an excellent knock of 71 not out, while there were contributions from Matt Picko, Luke Robinson, Angus Pickering and Grant Watkins to take Lindum to a perhaps below-par total of 129-4 from 18 overs. BBH’s chase began well, despite Jake removing the opener in the first over with a catch taken by Grant, as the number three in particular put Lindum to the sword with some powerful hitting to put Bracebridge in control. Tensions began to spill over in the field as there was a minor disagreement between Jake and Picko (we’ll leave it at that), before Ollie fell victim to a severe case of bird poo down the arm, which proved to be somewhat of a good omen. Meanwhile, Will bowled the other opener with a jaffa to keep Lindum in with a sniff, before Angus took a catch at the second attempt at cover off Will. BBH still had the upper hand, needing something like 30 off 40 balls with plenty of wickets in hand. The turning point came when Euan ran out the half-centurion number three who slipped while trying to make his ground, however Bracebridge were still in pole position to go on and win the game. However, some tight bowling and excellent fielding meant BBH failed to keep the scoreboard ticking over and continued to lose wickets as Jake removed the Sri Lankan overseas with an LBW before Grant took a good catch at deep square off Luke. A big six over extra cover in the penultimate over meant BBH required seven off the last over, to be bowled by go-to man Will Wright. The first ball saw a much needed wicket as Will had the other big-hitting Sri Lankan caught behind, before a couple of big swings and misses from the new batsman. Will made things interesting with a wide and a no-ball which Euan did superbly to get a hand on and prevent running away for a boundary. It came down to Bracebridge needing three to win off the final ball, a position they should never have been in considering their strong start and seemingly comfortable required run rate. Will bowled, the batsman again missed, and they could only manage to run a bye through to Euan as Lindum won by one run, sparking great celebrations in the middle of the pitch as Lindum earned their place in the final against Boston to be played on Wednesday 6th July. Lindum’s on fire!
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