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Farrell's on fire as he blitzes past Cherry to secure win for Lindum

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: June 19, 2012

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Bleak weather conditions meant another five games on the fixture list were washed out.

The season is only into its ninth week, but 49 matches have already been postponed which is just two less than the whole of last season.

But of the 14 games that did go ahead, they produced a plethora of highlights which included the best partnership of the season.

Lindum 1st produced a 'Houdini' performance as they won by 13 runs in their clash against Cherry Willingham 1st.

The leaders looked in trouble after posting a low target of 105 as Joe Dobson's four for 17 and Matt Spikings' three for 28 did major damage.

But John Farrell returned fire for Lindum as he took five for 19 with the visitors slipping from 70 for three to 92 all out.

Nettleham 1st slipped to their fifth successive defeat after they lost by seven wickets to reigning champions Boston 1st.

A few miles down the road, Market Rasen 1st hit a massive 266 for one in only 28 overs, before declaring their innings against nine-man Hykeham 1st.

By then Jason New (100 not out) and Dale Christie (109 not out) had knocked up the season's highest partnership with an unbroken 192 stand.

When Hykeham batted, they were bowled out for 104 as they succumbed to a 162-run defeat. Hykeham are still winless and they, along with Nettleham, look relegation favourites.

Hartsholme 2nd retained top spot as they registered their fourth win in a row against the unbeaten and newly-promoted Billingborough Millers.

Batting first, Hartsholme scored 246 for nine with Jason Hayward racking up a fantastic 126, the second highest individual score of the day.

When the Millers batted they recorded their lowest total since 2008, making only 68.

Martin Shillito became the first bowler to pick up a second five-wicket (or more) haul in the season, taking five for 23.

Just behind the leaders are Sleaford Sunday 1st, the only unbeaten side in the division.

Sleaford closed on 136 with Heckington's Kevin Bristow picking up bowling figures of five for 18.

When the visitors batted, five of their top six batsmen made double figure scores, the highest of which came from opener Liam Tunstall with 23.

But the game turned in Sleaford's favour thanks to Ben Burrows' five for 20 as Heckington were dismissed for 104 to lose by 32 runs.

Sleaford's victory meant they climbed into second place above Owmby who suffered a crushing defeat to Morton.

Batting first, Morton made 157 for seven while the visitors closed on 63 which confirmed a 94-run defeat.

The final game brought together the last two winless sides in the division as Boston 2nds took on Blankney.

Blankney were bowled out for 53 while Boston, in reply, lost four wickets before reaching their target with Matt Poole making an unbeaten 32.

Just two games took place and these involved the two leading sides, Middle Rasen and unbeaten Branston.

League leaders Middle Rasen took on second from bottom side Caythorpe and, batting first, registered the top score of the day, making 276 for six.

In reply Caythorpe were bowled out for 120 with more than half their total coming from Matt Adams with 75.

Branston, meanwhile, suffered their first defeat at the hands of Old Lincolnians.

In this game the city side batted first making a modest 126 for eight including 42 not out from Ali Baker while Michael Green took three for 15.

This total was to prove more than enough as Branston then went on to be bowled out for 75 with Green also top scoring for them with just 19.

Revesby and Bassingham continue to lead the way as they both picked up victories in their respective games.

Revesby, one of only two unbeaten sides left in the division, subjected their opponents, Hougham and Marston, to a 128-run defeat.

Second-placed Bassingham had a comfortable 78-run win at bottom side Washingborough, who are the only winless side in the division.

Bassingham posted a total of 135 for five with Shez Butt their top scorer with an unbeaten 39.

Washingborough then responded with a total of just 57 as they continue to try and make a three figure total this season.

Moving into third place are Fulbeck, who hosted Nettleham 2nd and beat them by 37 runs.

Fulbeck made 127 for seven in their innings with Chris Bates their top scorer with 25 while four colleagues also made double figure scores.

The best piece of bowling for Nettleham came from Don Inkpen with three for 18.

In reply, Nettleham's top four batsmen all made double figure scores, but failed to carry these on with Dave Butter their top scorer with 18.

The other unbeaten side in this division are Marshalls who took on Reepham.

Reepham batted first and started in fine fashion before the innings eventually closed on 125 for eight with Andy Housam their top scorer with 32.

Marshalls' innings was a complete contrast as they had only 22 on the board after ten overs.

At one point their innings stood at 29 for four before Matt Snee (41) and Lynton Karkach (19) turned things around.

They edged towards victory, but when they were out it was left for Gary Andrews to steer them home by three wickets with an unbeaten 29.

The victory saw Marshalls move above Reepham into fourth position.

Three games were lost due to unfit grounds. The only game to go ahead saw Aisthorpe take on second-placed Hykeham 2nds.

Unfortunately, the visitors were unable to field a full side and batting first they were bowled out for 47, the second lowest score of the day.

The four Aisthorpe bowlers used each took two wickets.

Aisthorpe went on to win by nine wickets inside ten overs.

Just as an aside, individual ducks stood at 193 in 65 games at the start of the weekend.

This has now surpassed 200 in the 79 games played so far.

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