Barnett and Cornwell earn win for Moulton

MATCH ACTION: Aaron Pullum picked up two wickets as Billingborough beat Long Sutton on Saturday. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG250415-128TW
MATCH ACTION: Aaron Pullum picked up two wickets as Billingborough beat Long Sutton on Saturday. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG250415-128TW

After two weeks of the season, old rivals Boston and Billingborough share top place in the South Lincolnshire & Border League Premier Division table.

Scott Elleray took five wickets for Boston in their victory over newly-promoted Grantham 2nd while Billingborough beat Long Sutton by two wickets.

An even closer game at Stamford saw Moulton Harrox claim a one-wicket victory.

Moulton were left chasing just 125 but having reached 82-3 lost their next five wickets for just nine runs.

The ninth fell on 102 but John Barnett and James Cornwell saw their side home with Philip Holland taking five wickets for Stamford.

In a higher scoring game at Bourne, the home side finished on 228-4 – Jon Howard hitting 54 and Robert Dunn unbeaten on 71.

But Bourne were unable to make it a 20-pointer as Sleaford dug in to reach 197-8.

Chris Dring and Rob Noble hit half-centuries for Spalding 2nd in their three-wicket win over Lindum Ramblers for whom Will Taylor made 64.

Market Deeping 2nd are on top of Division One with the maximum 40 points and Long Sutton 2nd close behind on 37.

Deeping scored an eight-wicket win over Skegness 2nd with Jackson Andrews taking six for 44 and John McDougall making 73 not out.

Ajay Jinah took 5-36 for Long Sutton who bowled Billingborough out for 120 and went on to win by nine wickets.

Division Two’s opening week brought victories for Pinchbeck and Spalding.

Pinchbeck racked up a daunting 250-6 in their 45 overs thanks largely to the efforts of Nick Crook (95) and Lee Smith (91).

The visitors took on the target with a positive charge in the top half of their innings but fell 43 runs short.

The game didn’t start well for Pinchbeck with Danny Jackson and Lee Eyett both dismissed early on.

But Crook and Smith then settled down and gradually began to dominate the bowling with a superb third-wicket stand of 155 in 27 overs that set the perfect platform for a big total.

Smith was particularly clinical on any loose delivery, notching up 15 boundaries before skying an easy catch to mid-wicket with a ton begging.

Crook continued to take on the charge in the latter stages and claimed the only maximum of the day, landing a big six in front of the sports hall.

With the damage done Pinchbeck moved on to 250 from the final ball of the innings.

The hosts got the perfect start in the field with James Langford and Andrew Beeston each taking a wicket in their first over to put Timberlands firmly on the back foot.

However Martin Lowth and Steve Brumpton responded with an excellent stand of 75.

But Roberts (3-53) struck two further blows, including Lowth for 64, to reduce the score to 140-6.

The off-spin of Eyett took over and, despite the best efforts of Timberlands’ tail who wagged effectively to take them past 200, they weren’t able to get close enough to the target but did deny Pinchbeck maximum points by closing on 207-9.

A much tighter game saw Spalding 3rd finish on 145-7 against a youthful Grantham 4th, enjoying their first match in the league.

The home side finished just nine runs short on 136-9.