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Just a match report really
Lindum produced a mixed bag of results this weekend as three sides were in action, as well as the u’19s in the T20 tournament. On Saturday, the 1st XI recorded a losing draw at Sleaford, which basically means they didn’t chase down the total but weren’t bowled out in the process. Stand-in skipper Luke won the toss and decided to bowl first up, and there are no prizes for guessing who made the runs for Sleaford in their total of 247-6. After Ruthers struck early with the new rock with the score on 32, Sleaford’s saffa came to the crease and obviously hit another ton, taking his tally to four for the season against Lindum and his season’s runs total to 24,735. Ruthers claimed three more victims who scored 22, which was the second highest score, 21 and 15, before Luke and Jake got one each before the close.
Lindum’s chase began poorly as they lost Will W and one-game step-in Alex Hornsby for six and four respectively, leaving the score on 23-2. Luke hit 21 before Will T was run out by half a wicket, the score on 75-4. Geoff and Dwight then put on 50 before the former was out for 17, soon followed by the latter for a top-scoring 89. The similarly-sized Bish and Tom went for 19 and 10, leaving the tail to block out in order to stop Sleaford gaining maximum points in the race for the title. Ruthers was stumped for four, leaving Jake and James to see out the final balls for eight and five respectively, meaning Lindum finished on 208-9 from the 50.
The 2nd XI faced a huge game as they hosted promotion rivals Cleethorpes at a blustery LCG. Before the game Lindum were in third, one point behind their opponents with a game in hand. After being asked to bat, Lindum posted a decent total of 175-9, with contributions coming right down the order. Tom top scored with 29, Ollie made 28, Gus 25, Aidan and Ozzy 16 and 15, Grant and Picko senior made 10 each while Dewy chipped in with a very useful knock of 20 not out late in the innings. Oh and not to forget Max and Euan who got one and zero respectively. Nearly a team effort.
Lindum then produced their best bowling and fielding display of the season as Dewy and Matt Pickering, well stocked up on a week-long diet of deer, bowled tightly first up to restrict the visitors early on. Dewy claimed an early wicket with the catch being snaffled behind by Gail, who incidentally was forced off at the drinks break with a back problem, and that’s when the drama started. After Euan’s injury, the spectating Harry Wells was called onto the field as 12th man after firstly Neil Lockwood and then Rob Cohu were overlooked. Assuming all would be fine, skipper Benno merely checked with the opposition captain that the use of a 12th man would be all well and good, yet he obviously had other ideas. It all got a bit heated as Benno was referred to as a ‘f****** old man’ which really ruffled the feathers, followed by a few expletives and heated exchanges. Anyway, after everyone had gone to the Winchester, had a pint and waited for it all to blow over, Harry ended up on the field as 12th man and the game was afoot. The raise in temperature off the field led to a raise in performance on it by Lindum as they claimed the nine wickets necessary in the second half of the innings to take all 20 points and leapfrog Cleethorpes into second place in the table. Angus was the pick of the bowlers, taking five wickets to claim the match ball – photos of him posing with it can be found in next month’s H&M catalogue. Benno took three wickets plus a catch at the second attempt of the opposition captain – a dismissal Benno most enjoyed. Ozzy claimed a run out, although it’s a wonder the strong winds didn’t blow the limp throw back into his hands rather than Aidan’s behind the stumps.
The 3rd XI saw a fourth home game of the season conceded to them, this time by Louth 3rds who couldn’t raise a side despite their 2nd team not having a game. Nevertheless, 20 more points in the bag in their push for promotion.
Onto Sunday, and guest reporter Sri Iyer summarises the Academy’s fixture away at Nettleham. “We were put in to bat and could manage to get 146, bowled out in the 37th over with Sean O'Kelly absent. Will Taylor scored 66 with 8 fours, but there were only a couple of other scores in double figures (Dan Taylor and Rob Cohu both getting 16). Charlie Portlock stuck around valiantly for over 21 overs but was unfortunately not able to find the gaps. There was a bit of a collapse from 135/5 after 33, and Mick Garner, called up from retirement, went into bat at 10 but didn't get a chance to face a single ball, and finished on 0 not out. When Nettleham batted, we got 3 quick wickets, including one spectacular caught and bowled dismissal by Saad Maqsood (2/25). Will Taylor bowled a very tight 10 overs finishing with 2/13, and Gautam Iyer was unlucky not to have got more than 1/33 in his 10.
Ultimately, fielding with 10 men proved to be a bit too much, as Nettleham got to 147/5 in the 38th over.”
Finally, there was a double-header for the u’19s who faced Bracebridge Heath and Grimsby in a T20 day, hosted by BBH. Lindum had already defeated Sleaford and Woodhall Spa, meaning they required two wins today to reach the final of the tournament. Thankfully, the side came through as they comfortable defeated BBH in the first game, restricting them to 102-6 from the 20. The chase was easy, as Lindum reached the total in the 14th over for the loss of four wickets. Will W top scored with 53 retired. After Grimsby also went on to bat BBH, the game between Lindum and Grimsby was essentially a semi-final. Lindum bowled first, and three early wickets for the cost of just nine runs put Lindum in the driving seat from the off. Grimsby edged their way to 96-6, with Tom Lindsay claiming three. The total was reached with two overs to spare, as Will again top scored with 37 and was supported well by Aidan who knocked 21. The final will take place during the week of the T20 tournament to be hosted at Lindum, with the exact date and also Lindum’s opponents to be confirmed.
Lindum 2nd XI side from Sunday's victory over Appleby Frodingham 2nds in the semi-final of the Bob Welton Cup.
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