Greater Manchester Amateur Cricket League pips Belvoir, Melton and Grantham to T20 honours

The Grantham and Melton Cricket Association XI EMN-150528-145252002
The Grantham and Melton Cricket Association XI EMN-150528-145252002

A visiting Greater Manchester Amateur Cricket League XI took the honours at a day of T20 cricket at Thorpe Arnold CC.

The GMACL XI took on representative sides from the Vale of Belvoir League and Grantham and Melton Cricket Association in a triangular tournament.

The Greater Manchester Amateur Cricket League XI EMN-150528-145317002

The Greater Manchester Amateur Cricket League XI EMN-150528-145317002

The two local sides opened proceedings and the Association XI had first bat after winning the toss aganst Belvoir.

After a solid start, Gross (28) was caught off the bowling of Starkey (4-0-26-1), but Luke Dann carried his bat for an unbeaten 88.

Playle (4-1-21-0) proved the most economical of the Belvoir bowling as Grantham closed their innings on 147-3.

In reply, the wickets fell steadily and only S. Freer (29), Playle (19) and Catton (13) got to grips with the Grantham bowling.

The wickets went to Parker (3-1-2-2), Johnson (4-0-30-3), and Youlds (4-0-19-2) as the Belvoir League made 93-8 from their 20 overs.

* The Belvoir XI were back in action in game two as they took on the touring Manchester side who won the toss and batted first.

It soon became clear the visitors were heading for a big score with all of the batting order chipping in. Saqib (34) top scored in a total of 165-8.

The wickets were shared around among Christie (4-0-28-1), Dupont (4-0-31-1), Woodcock (4-038-2), Mason (2-0-29-2) and Starkey (0.5-0-4-2).

In reply, Belvoir wickets fell regularly against good Manchester bowling, but man-of-the-match Hussain’s innings of 70 and contributions from Lecoyte (22) and Christie (19) helped Belvoir to 128-6.

In the final decisive game, Greater Manchester again batted first after winning the toss, making 140-8 after good bowling from Grantham and Melton bowlers Youlds (4-0-12-3), Dann (2-0-14-2), and Parker (4-0-29-1).

In reply, Grantham kept up with the required rate until Leadenham (30) and Youlds (30) were both run out, and Dann (31) was dismissed as their innings fizzled out to 119-6 – 21 runs short.

Organisers wish to thank Thorpe Arnold for hosting the event.