Nuttall nails hat-trick haul to help extend lead at top

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South Lincs and Border League

Division Two

Heckington 167 for 6

Skegness 2nds 168 for 2

AN UNBEATEN century from skipper Alistair Ainsworth and a hat-trick of wickets from Daniel Nuttall helped Skegness Seconds widen the gap at the top.

Heckington set off at a fair pace and reached 58 before Nuttall made the breakthrough, having Elliott (38) caught by Mark Chamberlain.

The next ball saw him trap Sharpe lbw and the hat-trick was completed when he bowled Garner.

Dawson fell to Steve O’Dare and Tunnicliffe’s promising innings was brought to a close by a Mark Elsom catch off Mark Chamberlain.

Morley (72) retained his composure at the other end before Mark Elsom’s spell of tight bowling was rewarded with his wicket.

The visitors finished with 167 for 6, but it was never going to be enough with Ainsworth in this form.

The Skegness skipper played a variety of shots as his opening partnership with Steve O’Dare made 116.

Zeeshan Saeed looked likely to pick up the pace, before he was dismissed by a smart catch from Guy Gibson.

So it was left to David Jacobs to help his skipper over the line.

Ainsworth hit 13 fours as he carried his bat to victory, extending the lead at the top of the table to 45 points.

Heckington

S Elliott c M Chamberlain b Nuttall 38

C Morley b M Elsom 72

S Sharpe lbw Nuttall 0

A Garner b Nuttall 0

S Dawson b O’Dare 4

D Tunnicliffe c M Elsom b Chamberlain 23

D Slater not out 10

C Garrett not out 3

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Total (for six) 167

Bowling: D Nuttall 9-0-33-3, A Sylvester 5-1-32-0, M Elsom 8-4-21-1, S O’Dare 12-4-29-1, M Chamberlain 11-2-42-1.

Skegness Seconds

A Ainsworth not out 105

S O’Dare B Garrett 30

Z Saeed c Gibson B Ingham 5

D Jacobs not out 17

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Total (for two) 168

Bowling: S Elliott 6-1-32-0, D Tunnicliffe 7-0-28-0, C Morley 5-0-26-0, C Garrett 10-2-32-1, J Ingham 6-0-35-1, S Dawson 0.5-0-12-0.

l SKEGNESS Cricket Club’s East Lindsey XI will be in Twenty20 cup action at Woodhall Spa on Sunday.

The seasiders’ Sunday side are one of four semi-finalists vying for the coveted East Lindsey Twenty20 trophy.

At 10.15am, Alford and Woodhall Spa will meet in the first semi-final, followed by the Skegness v Tetford tie, at 2pm, with the final taking place later in the afternoon.