Grantham and Melton Cricket Association: Belvoir go top as Ashby lose at Queniborough

Croxton Kerrial's Sunday side, from left, back - Keith Ainge, Matt Bennett, Jack Dilloway, Anthony Richardson, Ryan Gray, Chris Jeary; front - Neil Shelford, Dave Crossland, Craig Smith, Leon Aylin, Nigel Howitt EMN-150715-151208002
Croxton Kerrial's Sunday side, from left, back - Keith Ainge, Matt Bennett, Jack Dilloway, Anthony Richardson, Ryan Gray, Chris Jeary; front - Neil Shelford, Dave Crossland, Craig Smith, Leon Aylin, Nigel Howitt EMN-150715-151208002
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Belvoir took over top spot in Division One as they capitalised on leaders Ashby Carington’s heavy defeat on Sunday.

An unbeaten 149 from star batsman Greg Oldfield helped Belvoir to a seven-wicket win in their local derby with Woolsthorpe.

The visitors posted a healthy 226-2 from their 40 overs with Ben Ryder posting a century of his own, but Oldfield and Jon Senescal blitzed the Woolsthorpe attack to reach the target with almost 12 overs to spare.

Ashby are just a point behind in second despite their 81-run loss at Queniborough.

The home side were put into bat and made 225-8 from their allocation, largely thanks to 92 from opener Sarfraz Patel, and in spite of a five-wicket haul from Martin Troop.

In reply, the visitors struggled to keep up with the run rate and were bundled out for 144, John Ainsworth and Nigel Hough top scoring with 36 and 33 respectively. Zuber Patel starred with the ball, taking 5 for 28.

Houghton-on-the-Hill are just a further two points behind Ashby after their narrow nine-run defeat at Sileby.

* Egerton Park remained top of Division Two without bowling a ball as they enjoyed a walkover at Barrowby.

Queniborough Second XI are level on points with Park in second after Callum Smith’s 5 for 26 helped them cruise to an eight-wicket win at Bingham who were skittled out for just 78.

The visitors eased to their target, just two wickets down, in only the 15th over, Vishal Mashru ending unbeaten on 29.

Ashby Carington’s second string stay third, 16 points adrift of the pair, after a low-scoring 38-run win over Rothley Park, while Bottesford, four-wicket winners at Frisby, are fourth,

* Whissendine continued to pull away at the top of Division Three after a comfortable home win against second-bottom Harlaxton.

A half-century from skipper Sam Gray helped the visitors post a modest 148-8 as Bobby Elsigood took 3 for 34.

An unbeaten 67 from opener Jonathan Bates saw Whissendine to a five-wicket win, their eighth victory in 11 matches, with more than seven overs in hand.

Thorpe Arnold moved level on points with second-placed Colsterworth thanks to a seven-wicket win against bottom side Grantham Seconds, Charlie Read seeing the hosts to the target with 53 not out.

And Croxton Kerrial also stoked their promotion hopes as they dispatched Skillington by 84 runs.

Croxton were bowled out for 180, but four wickets apiece from the in-form Dave Crossland and Leon Aylin bowled out the visitors for just 96.