Route 66 for disappointed Morton

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Morton Cricket Club started their Lincolnshire League Division Four campaign for 2014 with a heavy defeat at Old Lincolnians, being bowled out for 66.

Morton’s experienced batsmen threw their wickets away .

One could have been forgiven for thinking that Morton thought it was the start of their Evening League campaign when they took to the field.

Debutant Harry Cooke with 17 not out was the pick of a very ordinary batting performance.

Morton’s bowlers did make early inroads however.

James Cooper bowled well with 2 for 18 off eight overs, however it was never going to be enough to defend a very poor total on a wicket, which to be fair played very well.

Morton’s second game at home to Holton Le Clay at Roses was called off due to the heavy rain.

But Morton hope to get back on track when they visit new league members East Halton this coming Saturday.

Morton also begin their defence of the Gainsborough T20 League next Wednesday 7th May with a 6.30pm start away to Marshalls.

A club spokesman told the Gainsborough Standard: “We will be looking forward to once again playing Evening League cricket against a young Marshalls side who are welcomed back into the league this year.”

Outdoor training for the under 9s and under 11s has once again commenced and will take place at Morton playing field on Friday nights with a 6.30pm start.

New players are always welcome and Morton have five qualified coaches and boys and girls are welcome from the age of six years onwards.

Refreshments are always available for parents, kids and supporters.

Morton under 9s play their first league match home to Upton this Sunday 4th May with a 10.30am start at Roses and the Under 11s are away to Alkborough on Wednesday 7th May in their first league match with a start time of 6.15pm.

If anyone is interested in playing or attending coaching sessions Matt Gleadell is the under 11s manager and his number is 07961 051079.

James Kelly is the under 9s manager and he can be contacted on 07912 075469.

If anyone wishes to volunteer to umpire, score or help out they will be very welcome.

For more information email matthew.gleadell@gainsboroughtowncouncil.co.uk

Lincolnshire’s first Minor Counties Knockout Trophy group stage match against Cumberland at Woodhall Spa resulted in defeat by 115 runs.

At 41 for 2 and overs slipping by Lincolnshire were well in the game until a match turning third wicket stand of 125 by Neil Longhurst (95) and Logan Weston (43) turned the game the visitors way.

For Lincolnshire, Matt Sargeant with 3 for 48 was their most successful bowler.

Lincolnshire reached 58 in 10 overs before Anish Patel was dismissed for 42.

Soon after Karanjit Bansal followed and thereafter a rapid collapse ensued, the remaining eight wickets falling for just 48 runs,