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Sri Lankan ace Prasanna Jaywardene makes a century and takes three wickets against Grantham Cricket Club





Grantham suffered their first defeat of the Lincolnshire Premier League season after being knocked off top spot by Woodhall Spa on Saturday.

Nauman Abid's side were beaten by 21 runs as Spa returned to the summit with Grantham slipping down to third place.

Sri Lankan ace Prasanna Jaywardene proved the difference between the two teams as he top-scored with 114 as Woodhall made 256-9 from their 50 overs after electing to bat first.

First team bowler Atif Sheikh.
First team bowler Atif Sheikh.

Matt Carter also struck a half-century while Azimullah Ahmadzai was the pick of the Grantham attack with 4-27 from his eight overs.

Last week's centurion Atiq Bhatti fell early in the Grantham reply before Aqib Afzaal and Qundeel Haider added 84 runs for the second wicket.

Haider hit 93 while Afzaal made 39 but, after the departure of Nafis Shaikh for 34, Grantham lost wickets at regular intervals.

Atif Sheikh bowling for Grantham’s first team on Saturday. Photos: Toby Roberts
Atif Sheikh bowling for Grantham’s first team on Saturday. Photos: Toby Roberts

Jaywardene took 3-46 from his 10 overs while Aaron Keverne-Onyon claimed 3-39 as Grantham were bowled out for 235.

Grantham 2nds went down by 29 runs in their South Lincs and Border League match at Freiston.

The hosts had made 266 after batting first in the Championship clash with Jared Hackney, Tom Berwick and Stewart Mudie all taking two wickets each for the visitors.

Faizan Minhas sends down a delivery.
Faizan Minhas sends down a delivery.

Martin Parmley top-scored with 80 in the Grantham reply while Mudie made 36 and Affan Mustafa added 32 as the visitors were dismissed for 237.

The third team suffered a heavy 196-run reversal in their Division Two match at Newborough 2nds.

The hosts hit 297 after batting first and Grantham were then bowled out for 101 in reply as Luke Kennedy-Short top-scored with 31.

Ancaster were without a game in Division One while Belton Park conceded their scheduled Division Two match at home to Skegness.



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