GMCA: Frisby, Hoby and Rotherby ease to Barrowby victory

Frisby, Hoby and Rotherby ready for the new Grantham and Melton Association season EMN-150427-132620002

Frisby, Hoby and Rotherby ready for the new Grantham and Melton Association season EMN-150427-132620002

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Frisby, Hoby and Rotherby began their 2015 campaign with victory at Barrowby, chasing down a target of 203 for the loss of just two wickets.

Intelligent batting from David Iliffe (82 not out) and ferocious hitting by Lee Freer (57 not out) allowed the visitors a comfortable winning margin.

Batting first, Barrowby lost their first wicket in comic style when Iliffe bowled his third ball of the innings halfway down the pitch. Andrew Barnes ducked and was clean bowled as the slow looping bounce of the ball clipped the bails on its way down.

The following overs were a lot less eventful until Andy Lacey was brought into the attack, taking three wickets in two overs.

But this brought Austen Imber (69) to the crease who took a liking to the slow bowling and even slower pitch.

His onslaught was eventually ended by Peter Short, but a fresh impetus had been added to the innings as Chris Bealby (33 not out) and Lee Dickinson (33) saw Barrowby past 200.

The pitch accounted for Frisby’s first wicket early on after tea as Chris Holland could only loop up a catch to square leg as the ball took off the pitch.

But that was Frisby’s only scare with captain Adam Holland adding 44 before Iliffe and Freer saw their side over the line with a third wicket stand of 98.