Grimsby Telegraph

New Clee CC ace Sadamal rocks rivals

- By DON CLIFTON sport@grimsbytel­ @GrimsbyLiv­e_

CLEETHORPE­S Cricket Club opened their 2021 season in the Championsh­ip Division of the South Yorkshire Premier League with a comfortabl­e seven-wicket victory at Rockingham Colliery. After emerging from a period of isolation, following his arrival from Sri Lanka, overseas player Sameera Sadamal made major contributi­ons on debut. Apart from taking two catches he bowled a full quota of overs, returning 1-35, before hitting 49 as the Meggies successful­ly chased down their target of 150. After bowling only one over, opening bowler Harry Costello was withdrawn from the Meggies attack owing to a back strain. His replacemen­t, Matthew Owen, made an instant impact by clean bowling Jamie Prescottt with his very first delivery in the Yorkshire League.

Spinners Alex Osmond and Sadamal took control when they bowled in tandem with the home side struggling as they reached 62-5. Osmond reeled down maiden after maiden before finishing with figures of 4-25 from his 15 overs. Lee Charlton, making a welcome return to the side, cleaned up the tail as the innings concluded in a disappoint­ing 149. Opening batsman Harry Grindle carried his bat to top score with 55 but he had faced 141 balls, almost 50 per cent of those available to his team. Despite losing two wickets to balls that appeared to keep low, Tom Rollinson and Sadamal held the Meggies reply together, adding 73 for the third wicket, before the Sri Lankan was run out with only six runs required. Rollinson, with a fluent 44, struck nine boundaries as the Meggies romped home with more than 20 overs to spare.

 ??  ?? Sameera Sadamal enjoys his first taste of Cleethorpe­s.
Sameera Sadamal enjoys his first taste of Cleethorpe­s.

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