Grantham and Melton Cricket Association: Queniborough cash in on rain-hit weekend

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Queniborough were the big winners on Sunday as the Grantham and Melton Association programme was badly hit by the weather.

Just three matches were completed as heavy late afternoon rain brought a premature end to the rest of the weekend’s matches.

Queniborough captain Sarfraj Patel won the toss and batted first in their Division One clash at relegation-threatened Barkby United.

And with one eye on the forecast, the visitors declared the innings after 32 overs, having posted 275-3.

The skipper was in imperious form, carrying his bat for an unbeaten 151, and received good support from Saeed Patel (52) and Ateeq ur Rehman (41 not out). Jack Johnson and Jack Wilkinson claimed the only wickets to fall.

In reply, Barkby opener Wilkinson was in good touch to make 59, but he received little support up top as Asif May (2 for 34) and Waseem Arif (2 for 25) made early inroads.

Captain Ken Eales made 24 and Ben Hollis added an unbeaten 17 as the hosts closed their 40 overs on 151-6.

The 124-run win left Queniborough in fourth, but level on points with Ashby Carington and Belvoir, and just 13 points behind leaders Houghton-on-the-Hill. They have a game in hand on all three.

* In Division Two, Queniborough Second XI moved within four points of leaders Egerton Park, with a game in hand, after they managed to wrap up a quick win at home to Barrowby before the rains came.

Three wickets from James Vamplew and a brace each from Callum Smith and Hayden Whittaker helped bowl the visitors out for 145 despite a superb 84 from opener Andrew Barnes.

Wicket-keeper Sam Payne fell for just two in reply, but Max Carmichael (29) and Richard Lowe (43) steadied the ship.

Further wickets were lost as the hosts chased quick runs, but Queniborough reached their target after 22 overs to claim 20 points and move 46 points clear of third-placed Bottesford.

The only other match played to a finish was also in Division Two where Frisby, Hoby and Rotherby moved away from the bottom end of the table with a good win at Ashby Carington Seconds.

Frisby skipper Chris Holland won the toss and batted first at Ashby Folville. All of the top six made starts, but the innings was anchored by Adam Holland whose 79 was the bedrock of their 208-7 from 40 overs.

Adam (2 for 47) and Brandon Buckby (3 for 44) provided the main threat for the hosts.

Chris Bennett (23) and captain Nigel Lewis (11) made a decent start to the reply, but Ryan Sharp came on at first change and turned the game Frisby’s way.

He dismantled the Ashby top and middle order, and despite a battling 31 from Adam Buckby, Andy Lacey came on and mopped up the tail, taking 4 for 7 from 17 deliveries to bowl out the hosts for 141.