Morton win Division One opener

Morton Cricket Club began their Lincoln Sunday League Division One campaign for 2014 with a win against Owmby.

Owmby batted first and were bowled out for 126 with the wickets being shared around.

Morton in reply made 129 for 6 to win by four wickets with Steve Crooks unbeaten on 66 not out.

Morton’s game at Nettleham last week was cancelled due to the inclement weather.

The club’s Saturday team in the Lincs League Division Four suffered their second defeat of the season away to new members East Halton.

East Halton won the toss elected to bat and posted 158 for 8 off their 45 overs and once again the wickets were shared around.

Morton bowled reasonably well on a very good batting track for the time of year.

Unfortunately Morton carried on where they had left off the week before being bowled out for 93.

A number of batsmen got starts but there was a distinct lack of discipline with the bat.

Morton hosted Broughton in their last Lincs League game and were very unlucky having been asked to bat, posting 151 for 9 with a number of experienced batsmen missing.

James Cooper (34) and Levi Hoggard (25) batted very well.

Morton’s very own Peter Pan Gary Cooke also contributed with 18 not out and the lower order added useful runs.

Morton had Broughton 5 for 2 off less than two overs when the match succumbed to yet another downpour.

James Metcalf got the ball to swing and finished with figures of 2 for 3 off 0.5 overs.

A good effortthat hopefully bodes well for the rest of the season.

The evening league campaign began against a youthful and exuberant Marshalls side.

Unfortunately for Morton they weren’t able to chase down a moderate total of 87 for 9 and finished five runs short.

Steve Crooks was the pick of the batsmen with 33 and James Metcalf had figures of 5 for 24 including his first senior hat-trick.

The Under 9 team secured their first ever victory in what is their second season in the league.

It was their first game of the season against local rivals Upton and Kexby.

Strong batting throughout the team resulted in only two wickets being lost.

Millie Metcalfe and Charlie Kelly picked up key wickets for Morton and helped restrict Upton and Kexby to 247 in their chase of Morton’s 261.

The Under 9s then travelled to Nettleham on Sunday despite the poor weather.

Morton rallied well after a difficult start but failed to overcome the more experienced Nettleham team, falling to a 40 run defeat.

This coming Saturday the Lincs League side are away to Holton Le Clay and the Lincoln Sunday side entertain Revesby at Roses.

The Under 9s play Scothern at Morton on Sunday with a 10.30am start and the Under 11s play at Caistor next Wednesday with a 6.15pm start.