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Match report: Grimsby Town edged out in dramatic defeat to Lindum

Grimsby Town Lindum match report

Match report: Grimsby Town edged out in dramatic defeat to Lindum

Grimsby Town Cricket Club lost by two runs in an enthralling game away at Lindum at the weekend.

After making a disastrous start to their innings, Town staged a remarkable fightback that took them to the brink of victory in Lincoln.

Lindum’s opener Will Wright scored a fine century for the hosts, as they posted 233 all out from 50 overs before Grimsby’s number nine Liam Redmond inspired his team by making an impressive 85 from 88 balls. Redmond was run out with four balls of the game remaining, with Lindum claiming the win by the tightest of margins.

Lindum’s captain Rob Cook won the toss and elected to bat first on a perfect day for batting. Wright settled in to play a long innings, but the rest of Lindum’s top order struggled.

Rob Brice bowled well with the new ball, taking a sharp caught and bowled to remove Will Taylor and then producing a good delivery to clean bowl Gus Robbins with his first ball faced.

Dan Cliffe had Pranav Pothula well caught by Dennis Buirman at slip for 12 before Cook came in and batted positively. He was quick to punish the bowlers when they dropped short and he raced to 22 from only 14 balls, hitting five fours.

Rory Ronaldson replaced Cliffe and found Cook’s edge, with Andrew White holding on to the catch at slip at the second attempt. He then removed Tom Marshall, as Buirman took a very sharp catch at short extra cover. Lindum were in some trouble at 75 for five in the 19th over, but Aiden Lockwood batted positively and ran between the wickets well.

Wright and Lockwood (29) added 45 runs for the sixth wicket in 10 overs before Steve Crossley took a sharp catch, stood up to Redmond’s spin, to dismiss Lockwood.

At 128 for seven after 30 overs Lindum still had a lot of work to do, but Wright was joined by Jake Benson (38), who helped him add 101 runs for the eighth wicket in 19 overs – the game’s biggest partnership.

Left-hander Wright, who took 76 balls to reach his 50, began to cut loose and he finished with 109 from 119 balls. He looked in excellent form, as he made his second century of the season – including eight fours and one six – which he pulled over square leg when Cliffe tested him with a bouncer.

Rory Ronaldson eventually had Wright caught by Andy Barlow and was Town’s most successful bowler, taking three for 48.

Grimsby’s innings began slowly with only 30 runs scored from the first 14 overs. Cook took the new ball and proved difficult to get away, conceding only 11 runs in seven overs and having Cliffe caught.

Wright picked up a couple of wickets with his medium pace and when off-spinner Jake Benson joined the attack, things really started to go downhill for Town.

Benson, who finished with four for 36, had opener Toby Blake (26) caught at slip and made short work of Grimsby’s middle order, who were all caught as they attempted to attack his bowling.

Grimsby collapsed to 57 for seven in the 22nd over and were facing a heavy defeat. Town’s lower order showed great spirit and determination and like Lindum, they had a big eighth-wicket partnership, with Redmond and Kasun Ekanayake adding 99 runs in only 16 overs.

Ekanayake, Grimsby’s Sri Lankan overseas player, scored his first 50 in the league, taking only 37 balls and hitting a six over mid-wicket and eight fours. Just as Lindum were beginning to look nervously at the scoreboard, Ekanayake smashed a delivery from Cook skywards and Pothula took a well-judged catch in the deep.

When Ronaldson departed shortly after, leaving Grimsby 162 for nine in the 40th over, Town’s hopes looked slim. Last man Brice and Redmond had other ideas, though, and they put on 69 runs in 10 overs. Brice made 32 not out from the same number of balls and both batsmen were severe on Robbins’ leg spin when he dropped short.

Redmond hit one six and 11 fours in his chanceless knock and deserved to see the game home, but there would be one final twist.

With three runs needed for victory, Town’s last pair attempted to take a quick single to Robbins, who picked the ball up cleanly and with only one stump to aim at, executed a direct hit. Redmond was run out by a matter of inches and Lindum snatched victory at the death.

Report by David Evans

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