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Handful of games go ahead as the rain plays havoc with fixture list

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: June 25, 2012

Star performance:  Matt Jelly (left, centre) hit 66 runs for Old Lincolnians  in their victory against  Lindum Academy. It was only one of four games to go ahead across the four divisions

Star performance: Matt Jelly (left, centre) hit 66 runs for Old Lincolnians in their victory against Lindum Academy. It was only one of four games to go ahead across the four divisions

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The McKinnells Cricket League's fixture list was decimated yet again as the wet weather ruined another weekend of action.

Just four of 17 scheduled games were played, taking those lost to the weather to 61 for the season, ten more than the whole of last season.

All three Premier games were lost as to were three in Division One.

The one fixture that survived the weather in this league was the clash between Sleaford Sunday 1sts and Owmby in what was a 24-over game.

Sleaford batted first but were bowled out for 107, their lowest total since joining the league.

Having only a small total to defend, their team dug in to restrict their visitors to 87 for eight and a 200-run victory.

The highest total of the four games that were played came in Division Two at Old Lincolnians, who were involved in a derby against Lindum Academy.

The home side posted a total of 178 for nine, including a top score of 66 from Matt Jelly.

The young Lindum side gave it their all, but their innings closed on 149 for nine, 32 runs short of their target.

Their top scorer was Louis Kimber with 61.

Victory consolidated Old Lincolnians' second place in the table.

The other two scheduled games in this division also fell foul of the elements.

It was in Division Three where most games went ahead.

The most dramatic of these involved the leaders Revesby and fourth-placed Fulbeck.

Batting first, Revesby not only recorded their lowest score since joining this league but also recorded the lowest total by a home side this season.

Posting a total of just 50, the home side must have thought their first defeat of the season was staring them in the face.

Ian Roberts made almost half his side's total with 23 not out as the Pollard brothers ripped through a side's batting again.

Jake Pollard took four for seven, Luke two for seven and Ben two for 19 which, in reality, set Fulbeck up for an easy victory.

However, the visitors, like the home side, found batting more than difficult as they were bowled out for the season's lowest total of just 37 and a 13-run defeat.

Their top scorer was Tom Siddons with 14 not out as Darren Hunt took four for 10.

Gordon Lane took three for three while Jamie Lewis picked up three catches.

The maximum points acquired stretched Revesby's lead at the head of the table to 37 points.

The second game in this division was a bottom of the table clash between winless Washingborough who visited Hougham & Marston, who had won just once.

The home side batted first registering 147, their highest total of the season so far.

Their top scorer, with an unbeaten 69, was Christian Keogh.

On the day this total again proved to be too many for a struggling Washingborough side which has yet to record a three figure total as they were bowled out for 88.

Losing by 59 runs, they are now 22 points adrift at the bottom of the table and already look relegation favourites.

The two scheduled games in Division Four both failed to take place as too did the one group game in the Major Holt Trophy.

In this competition Sleaford Academy look as if they will progress to the final from Group A while Market Rasen 2nds are favourites to be the Group B winners.

The final takes place on Sunday, August 26 (1.30pm).

Finally, still keeping a track on ducks recorded during the season, the 200 mark was not only reached after last weekend's games but, in total, 54 were recorded on the day.

That has taken the present total to 247 in just 79 games.

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