Cricket: Baston pick up first win

Liam Davies bowls for Baston against Heckington
Liam Davies bowls for Baston against Heckington
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BASTON earned their first victory of the season in South Lincs Division 2.

Hosting a youthful Heckington at the Shrine, captain Dyer lost the toss, and with the wicket looking good, the visitors decided to bat.

It looked like it could be a long day in the field as both Russell and Davies struggled to find their line and length in the first overs, but the Heckington batsmen played aggressively and in his second over, Davies struck, with the opener holing out to safe hands Ant Morris at mid off. Liam Davies had two further wickets soon after, and Doug Russell took his first wicket of the season to leave the visitors on 38-4.

A good partnership between Braithwaite and Kew put Heckington back in control, with both seamers tiring after good spells.

Captain Dyer brought himself into the attack and struck straight away, with Kew (22) missing the ball and being stumped. Braithwaite (29) had looked very good, but was struggling to play Dyer, and offered up a tough return catch chance, which the skipper took low to the ground. This spelled the end of the Heckington innings, as Dyer whisked through the tail, as he took remarkable figures of 5-6. Davies (4-46) returned to take the last wicket, as Heckington posted a sub-par 116.

Heckington express bowler Joe Braithwaite had an eight wicket haul two weeks ago, but was dominated by Baston’s openers, with Jon Howard playing him very well, and scoring heavily through the offside.

Baston quickly raced along to 52 runs before Howard (39) was stumped. John Lamin and Ant Morris kept the score moving along, before Lamin (9) missed a low one and was bowled as Baston reach 72-2.

Ant Morris (33), who was struggling with cramp, was then involved in a run-out fiasco, as both he and Bower (6) were stranded in the middle of the wicket. Morris walked off, and took it well. Bower was out soon after, prodding to short extra cover.

Late fireworks from Townsin (10) and Davies (9*) saw Baston over the line, and gave them their first victory of the season.

Tim Dyer said: “Hopefully this win will bring a bit of our confidence back. We have lost twice poorly this season and it was nice to see the team dominate again.”

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