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Match report: Grimsby Town knocked out of Winkworth Cup

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Match report: Grimsby Town knocked out of Winkworth Cup

Grimsby Town Cricket Club were knocked out of the Winkworth Cup after suffering defeats against Scunthorpe Town and Bracebridge Heath at the weekend.

In a three-team 20/20 event at Cross O’Cliff Court, Grimsby lost by four wickets to Scunthorpe and then were beaten by 36 runs when they played the hosts.

Overnight rain had left the ground wet, so it was no surprise that Scunthorpe asked Town to bat first when they won the toss.

Grimsby lost four wickets in the first five overs and never really recovered from that setback.

Fast bowler Tom Giles, who has played for Nottinghamshire CCC’s 2nd team this year, made life uncomfortable for Town’s batsmen and finished with impressive figures of three for six from four overs.

Fellow fast bowler George Drewery also kept things tight, as he took one for 11 from his four overs. Drewery also excelled in the field, taking three well-judged catches in the deep when Grimsby’s batsmen tried to clear the leg-side boundary.

Captain Steve Crossley was the only Grimsby batsman to make a significant score, hitting 50 from only 40 balls. Crossley hit a full-toss from leg spinner Harry Doyle over extra cover for six and also struck six fours.

He was eventually caught, with nine balls of the innings remaining, when he hit a short ball from spinner Harrison Tice to the deep mid-wicket boundary, where Karanjit Bansal took the catch.

Grimsby’s total of 112 for nine from 20 overs looked about 20 runs light. Scunthorpe’s young side excelled in the field and this was an area of the game where Town struggled.

Giles opened the batting for Scunthorpe and hit 23 runs from 13 balls, including two sixes over the leg side, to ensure his side got off to a quick start.

Grimsby’s spinners bowled economically, as Andrew White and Liam Redmond claimed two wickets each. White took two for 16 from his four overs, with wicketkeeper Crossley taking a catch and a stumping off his bowling.

With such a low score to defend, Town were unable to exert any scoreboard pressure and Scunthorpe’s captain Karanjit Bansal saw his side home with eight balls to spare.

Bansal scored an undefeated 35 from 26 balls, hitting one six and a couple of fours. He batted steadily until the 15th over when he took 17 runs from it to swing the game Scunthorpe’s way.

Having lost their first game, Grimsby then played Bracebridge Heath. The Lincoln side were invited to bat first, posting 149 for six in their 20 overs.

Opening batsman Sam Mason hit the day’s biggest score, as he made 76 from 61 balls, including three sixes and six fours.

Andrew White again bowled economically, taking one for 17 from his four overs. Kasun Ekanayake trapped Mason LBW and took three wickets but at some cost.

Grimsby’s reply got off to a disappointing start, as they found themselves 16 for two after five overs. Left-arm fast bowler James Holden bowled four overs for 13 runs and off-spinner Alex Moor took two for eight from three overs.

Andrew White offered Town some hope when he formed partnerships with Ekanayake and Crossley. White struck 44 from 36 balls, including three sixes, but was caught by Joe Mansford off the bowling of New Zealander Dan Stanley. Stanley finished with three for nine.

Bracebridge, like Scunthorpe, excelled in the field and ran out two of Grimsby’s batsmen with sharp throws. Once Crossley and White were dismissed, Town’s hopes faded and the innings closed with them on 113 for 9.

Report by David Evans

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