Bourne stay in touch at the top

LEADING FROM THE FRONT: Sleaford 2nd opener Phil Sneath top-scored with 75 against Spalding 2nd. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG270615-154TW
LEADING FROM THE FRONT: Sleaford 2nd opener Phil Sneath top-scored with 75 against Spalding 2nd. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG270615-154TW
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Summer sunshine brought runs galore but there was no change at the top of the South Lincolnshire & Border Cricket League’s Premier Division.

League leaders Boston – who had two tons in their innings – retained their 22-point advantage over Bourne 2nd after both gained 20 points, as did Sleaford 2nd who are still in contention.

Connor Parsons topped the bowling figures with 7-30 in Woodhall Spa 2nd’s win over Moulton Harrox in which Paul Timby made 94.

Jon Howard hit 91 for Bourne who beat Belton Park while Billingborough stayed in touch with a win over Grantham 2nd.

Freiston moved within five points of Division One leaders Market Deeping courtesy of a four-wicket win over Welby.

Chris Harris (115) and Richie Hewitt (130) were the century-makers for Skegness 2nd who then failed to bowl out Billingborough 2nd but picked up enough points to edge to nine points behind Frieston.

The best match of the day was undoubtedly at Kirton’s Graves Park who lost their top four batsmen for single figures but then found a game-changer in Jack Ashton in Division Two.

Ashton batted his way to 143 and with help from the lower order, including Liam Maskell with 48, saw his side to 254.

Ashton was caught by opener Dave Orrey who then provided the anchor for Timberland’s run chase, making an unbeaten 108.

Steve Brumpton hit 40 as the visitors reached their target for the loss of six wickets.

At the top Baston suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of second-placed Claypole.