Disastrous collapse for Stamford at Grantham

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Stamford Town’s South Lincs Premier League side endured a very difficult afternoon at title chasing Grantham, as the home side amassed 252 for 7, and then Town were shot out for just 43, as injuries and illness meant Stamford were reduced to just nine players during the match.

It started well for Stamford, as Mark Fell was caught out for nought in the first over, and Town stuck to their task throughout the 45 overs, with Felix Cunningham taking 3 for 57, Chris Birch a rather expensive 2 for 75 and early hero Richard Dytham a very commendable 1 for 49 from his 12 overs.

Town’s reply got off to a disastrous start, reeling on 9 for 4, and only Dave Woolf made double figures, as the visitors were dismissed early, to lose by a huge 209 runs.

The Sunday 2nds visited a very strong Oakham 1sts, with the home side smashing a mammoth 280 for 4, with Calvin Flowers hitting a classy, unbeaten 91.

But Town’s young bowlers performed with great pride, notably Ben Peck, with a fine opening spell, Stevie Bore and Tim Juggins.

Town managed to pick up maximum batting points, finishing on 205, with both openers Chris Bore, 28, and Adam Chapman, 22, batting well, and Liam Davé holding the innings together with a fine 82, carrying on his good early season form.

Overall it was a day of many positives for Town’s young 2nd XI.