Brilliant bowling steers Baston to comfortable win

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GUNNING for revenge after a 106 run defeat earlier in the season, Grantham 2nds were sent packing by Baston thanks to some quite brilliant bowling on Saturday.

Grantham won the toss and put Baston in to bat on The Shrine, and it looked like a great call as openers Howard and Stewart were dismissed in the second over with the score on 11-2.

Experienced pair John Lamin (32) and Chris Bower (16) added stability to the Baston innings, building a good partnership to take the home side to 72-2 before Lamin was caught trying to smash the spinner out of the park.

Bower was the fourth man down as he took on a second run and was run-out by an excellet throw from the boundary. Both Richardson (13) and Davies (17) contributed before Baston were six down at 108 and struggling, with a lot of overs left to play.

Fortunately for Baston, up stepped young Felix Cunningham and captain Tim Dyer who batted brilliantly to push Baston towards a defendable score; both were scoring runs and the score tipped to 169 before Cunningham was caught and bowled for 23. Dyer continued to bat well with the tail before finally being trapped in front for a great knock of 33.

Late runs for Russell (10no) and Downie (7) gave Baston a respectable total of 194. Alex Cross was inconsistent with his bowling but managed to come away with figures of 6-53.

As they had at Grantham, Davies and Russell shared the new ball and Davies had a wicket in his first over as John Lamin took a brilliant running catch at mid-off.

This brought dangerman Danny Ashley to the crease but he was out second ball to a horrible shot, popping the ball straight up for burley gloveman Bower to take a simple catch.

Davies and Russell ripped through the Grantham middle order with only opener Rory Johnson (23) offering any real resistance, blasting the ball for several fours before another catch for Lamin at mid-on.

With 10 overs gone, Grantham were on 51 runs with just one wicket left. Liam Davies had taken 3-36 and Doug Russell a brilliant 5-13 before Dyer tossed the ball to rising star Scott Downie, who got the final wicket with his third ball - Danford holing out to Adam Hilless at mid-on - to give Baston a brilliant 143 run win.

Dyer said: “It was good for everyone to contribute today and give us a win we truly deserved. Hopefully today will show David Brew’s North Luffenham that their title isn’t in the bag yet.”