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Mixed bag in second weekend - by Ollie Alford

It was a mixed day for Lindum on Saturday as two of our sides enjoyed comfortable victories while the 1st XI suffered an agonising defeat at the hands of Market Deeping. The only change to last weekend’s winning side was James Kimber who had recovered from growing-too-much-itis to replace brother Nick who dropped down to the 2s. Skipper Charlie Tomlinson won the toss again and elected to bat on a good wicket, yet the innings didn’t go to plan as Lindum were bowled out for a disappointing 121 from the 50 overs. Charlie, Brad Mitchell and Luke Robinson, who top scored with 25, all made starts but were unable to go on and make notable scores. After finding themselves at 81-8 at one stage, a 40-run partnership between Jonny Miller and James somewhat salvaged the innings but it proved to be a below par total. While the batting itself provided little entertainment, the rain break which interrupted the innings was far from boring as Geoff Middleton received some well-needed advice from Deeping’s hair transplant specialist; it remains to be seen whether or not Geoff gets a new lid on the back of this conversation. Stay tuned.

The run chase proved nail biting as Deeping lost wickets at regular intervals to keep Lindum in with a sniff of victory. Matt Rutherford opened the bowling with Tom Lindsay, and the former carried on last weekend’s impressive display with four wickets for 45 from his 17 overs, leaving fantasy managers up and down the club with a real all-rounder selection dilemma; Ruthers or Luke? RUTHERS OR LUKE?? Tom claimed one wicket as well as having the other opener “plumb LBW” - but not given - before Jonny came on to join his spin partner Ruthers from the other end. Two wickets for Jonny, as well as a run out each for Charlie and Brad, restricted Deeping to 108-9, meaning they still required 14 runs with just one wicket remaining. Unfortunately, Deeping got over the line with eight overs remaining to condemn the 1sts to their first defeat of the season.

A youthful Ramblers side kicked off their season in style with an excellent 10 wicket victory over 2012 Lincolnshire ECB league winners Haxey at a breezy LCG. New skipper Matt Benson won the toss and chose to bowl against the 10-man opposition, and Lindum started excellently as openers Nick Kimber and Ted Horner-Timmins bowled tightly to restrict Haxey to just one run from the first five overs. Nick even forced an edge inside the first over, but Euan Pickering, sporting the latest fashion Gail Platt hairstyle, couldn’t make the ball stick in his gloves. Nick clearly displayed his obvious anger and frustration, grinning sweetly and laughing upon Euan's apology. Lindum finally forced the breakthrough in the 16th over with the score on just 40, as Angus Pickering found the edge and skipper Benson snaffled it like a croc in the slips. The second wicket fell a ball before drinks as Nick again found the edge, but thankfully this time it evaded Euan and was again taken by Matt at slip. Euan did make up for the drop with a good throw to run out Haxey’s number four without scoring, before the fourth and final wicket was taken by Ted when the batsman drove to Ollie Alford at cover who took the catch to his left. Haxey eventually posted 129-4 from their 45, mainly thanks to Lindum’s excellent bowling which was highlighted by the fact that 14 of the 45 overs were maidens.

Max Bauer’s teas were a welcome sight and, just in case he hasn’t told anyone, he made them all himself. Good spread though Max, you’ll make someone an excellent wife. The chase was relatively uneventful, bar one or two drops, as openers Will Taylor and Tom Lea batted well to notch up unbeaten 50s and guide Lindum to a 10 wicket victory with 12 overs to spare. Despite a dominant performance, the Ramblers only received 12 points after failing to bowl the opposition out. Injustice. Nevertheless, a good way to kick off the season and the tone is set in the quest for promotion.

Matt Brett’s 3rd XI emulated last weekend’s easy victory with a win over Old Linconians 2nds at the Barracks. Matt again won the toss and elected to field as the rain clouds hovered above, and it proved to be a wise decision as Lindum bowled Old Lincs out 97 inside 32 overs. John Davies was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4-16 from his seven overs, while the other wickets were shared between Harry Wells, Sophie Munro, Matt Pickering and Joel Waller who bowled one dreadful delivery and of course, bad balls get wickets.

The chase was swift as the Exiles won within 18 overs for the loss of no wickets, although Joel did have to be carried off the pitch by everyone who was present after an awkward knee twist having already scored 26. Dan Taylor replaced the retired Joel and he and Aidan Lockwood got the job done, both scoring unbeaten 30s to bring home the buttery biscuit base and maintain the 3rds’ early standing at the top of the league.

Lindum’s Academy side were the only team to play on Sunday, as Dan Taylor captained another young side to a spirited defeat in the cup against Aisthorpe, who are in the division above and fielded a comparably experienced side. Batting first, the Academy made 121 all out from 38 overs, with u’13 captain Charlie Portlock top scoring with a solid innings of 44. Despite setting a decent platform, the final six batsmen fell for just six runs and there was the feeling the total was 20-30 short of competitive. However, some tight bowling in the opening stages caused concern in the Aisthorpe camp and the young spin bowlers kept the pressure on throughout the innings, with the standout bowler being another u’13, Anton McCready, who finished with figures of 9.5-2-38-1. Aisthorpe eventually knocked off the total in the 30th over with six wickets in hand but, despite ending in defeat, it was a good performance from the Academy with plenty of positives to be taken from it.


New players and spectators are welcome to join the club for the 2016 season, we welcome players of all ages and have teams to cater for all junior age groups, highly competitive teams in the ECB premier league and social cricket to suit all abilities.

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Bradley Mitchell Coaching

Our overseas player for the 2016 season, Bradley Mitchell, is offering high quality coaching to all members, both junior and senior of varying abilities. Brad is a wicketkeeper/batsman and Level 2 Coach, who is currently 1st XI Captain at Plenty Valley Cricket Club in Melbourne, Australia. If you are interested or know anyone who might be, please contact Brad on the details below.

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