City man Nick Andrews has been forced to turn down the chance to skipper England in an Ashes Test match later this summer.
The Market Deeping all-rounder, who lives in Werrington, has family commitments on the day of the Over 60s ‘Test’ match at Halstead.
Andrews will however take his place in the England team for a two-day ‘Test’ against Australia early in July at Sunbury CC, Middlesex.
Andrews justified his selection with a 10-over 5-26 spell of spin- bowling for England’s golden oldies as they beat Scotland by 46 runs in Stenhousemuir last weekend. Andrews scored nine of England’s 178-7.
“It was a better wicket to bowl on than bat,”Andrews said. “I was fortunate enough to get out Scotland’s key batters out who were going well at 80-3.
“It was another great day with England, but I’m gutted at having to decline the honour of skippering in the first Ashes game.”
It was derby day last weekend for many local clubs with Market Deeping beating Bourne by five wickets in the Lincs Premier Division and Wisbech beating March by 15 runs in Cambs Division One.
Sixteen year-old pace bowler Patrick Brown claimed 5-43 for Deeping before local legend Ajaz Akhtar contributed 51 - his second half century in two appearances for his new club.
Deeping have now jumped above Bourne into third place ahead of their long trip to Louth this weekend. Bourne entertain Spalding, but need to be careful as the division’s bottom club have won two of their last three games.
Dan Milgate (4-18) took the last three Skegness wickets for 12 runs to earn Spalding a two-run win by the seaside.
Kiwi Bradley Apted took 4-13 from four overs in his first bowl of the summer for Wisbech.
Ramsey stayed top of Cambs Division One after seeing off Nassington by 84 runs despite collapsing from 127-0 to 165 all out in the face some excellent spin bowling from 15 year-old Harrison Craig (5-31).
Ramsey travel to Burwell seconds this Sunday, while Wisbech are at Ketton.
Ashley Fisher included his first Cambs Division Two hat-trick to help Newborough beat St Ives by two wickets
Father and son Chris (3-39) and Alex (7-64) took all 10 wickets for Stamford in their seven run defeat at Barnack in Rutland Division One.
Bourne batsmen have scored 13 tons between them already this season, five of them by teenagers.
Joshua Bentley (19) cracked an unbeaten 128 in a win over Grantham seconds last weekend, while Chris Binns (19) claimed his first senior ton at home to Seas End Hall in Rutland Division Four.