Cricket: Skipper Cook is confident Bracebridge Heath are finding their form

Originally published in the Lincolnshire Echo on June 27th 2013.

Matt Carter’s seven-wicket haul of Lindum helped Bracebridge Heath secure the win that keeps them within two points of leaders Woodhall Spa in the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League.

Carter was in fine form at Cross O’Cliff Court, taking seven for 33 in 12 overs as Lindum were all out for 86.

Paul Cook then hit an unbeaten 72 as his side won by 10 wickets to keep up the pressure on leaders Woodhall.

“There was bad weather and stoppages so we were a bit worried about the game, but it was a great feeling to get the win,” said Heath captain Cook.

“Before the game everyone was out there making sure the pitch was dry. That shows it means a lot to everyone. It’s a real team effort and everyone just feels good at the moment.”

Heath had a slow start to the season, but have now won five on the bounce and face Hartsholme on Saturday.

“I think the difference is now that it feels like everyone’s con. tributing,” said Cook.

“All three aspects of our game – bowling, batting and fielding – are much better.

“Everyone’s getting on really well and that’s down to winning. Consistency is key.”

Meanwhile, a last ball run out at Spalding kept Woodhall Spa at the top of the league, with Warren Nel making 134.

Market Deeping took over in third after an eight-wicket win over Hartsholme who are now in deep trouble at the bottom of the table.

Grimsby slipped to fifth with a loss at home to Bourne. The visitors took a six-wicket win as Conrad Louth hit an unbeaten 66. This allowed Sleaford to move into fourth, with Tim McIntosh hitting 70 runs in his side’s four-wicket win over Skegness.

Louth moved up to sixth with a three-wicket win over Haxey, but were unable to bowl their opponents out to claim maximum points and are just one point ahead of Skegness.

Haxey and Bourne still occupy 10th and 11th places, but Bourne’s 20 points takes them to within five of ninth placed Spalding.

Lincolnshire Echo, p84, June 27 2013
Lincolnshire Echo, p84, June 27 2013
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