Long Sutton recorded their first win of the South Lincolnshire & Border Cricket League season thanks to a stunning performance from the bowlers.
Sutton were asked to bat on what can only be described as a sticky track.
It was hard work but openers Jimmy Wright (22) and Chris Booth (36) made a steady start.
However the persistence of opening bowler Sam Cherry (3-28) was soon rewarded and having removed Wright, he quickly made inroads into the middle order.
Steve Skoulding (12) was the only other batsman to make double figures as Sutton slumped to 128 all out.
Sutton’s bowlers knew it would be a tough ask against a strong Woodhall Spa 2nd batting line-up but when Wright struck in the second over and Barry Stanway removed the dangerous Rob Bee, Sutton knew they had a chance.
Woodhall recovered well, however, and at the halfway stage were well in control at 80-3.
This saw the introduction of ‘spin twins’ Jake Burton and Rob Simpson.
Simpson, bowling with a broken thumb suffered from an earlier dropped catch, was quickly into his rhythm but it was Burton who did the real damage.
Burton bowled six maidens in a row as he put the opposition in a spin and ended with superb figures of 5-12 from 10 overs.
Lewis Holmes offered some late resistance but it was one shot too many as he was stumped by Adam Wright off the bowling of Simpson to claim Sutton’s first victory under captain Phil Barnes.
Burton said: “Everything went right for me, I hit some good areas and the pitch offered some turn which is always helpful.
“All the lads are over the moon to get the win and we can really kick on now.”
David Christmas hit an unbeaten 73 for Bourne 2nd who reached 203-7 before Billingborough were bowled out for 79.
Simon Oakes came to the rescue after Grantham 2nd lost early wickets, helping his side to 175-7.
Adrian Wing then took 5-30 as Spalding 2nd’s reply ended on 145-9.
Jonny Law hit 53 and Jake Pollard took six for 36 in the Belton Park’s victory over Moulton Harrox.
Market Deeping 2nd made it four wins out of four in Division One.
John McDougall made 53 in a five-wicket win over Boston 2nd for whom Luke Gilding also hit 53.
Long Sutton 2nd suffered the heaviest defeat of the day after Abdul Moeed’s unbeaten 60 helped Freiston to 183-6.
Long Sutton were then bowled out for just 25.
Claypole and Baston lead Division Two, both unbeaten this season.
Baston claimed a four-wicket win over Grantham 4th who were restricted to 118-9 while Burgh & District scored a seven-wicket victory over Spalding 3rd thanks in part to Tony Beardsley’s five wickets.
The closest game was at Spalding Grammar School where Pinchbeck were chasing Boston 3rd’s 184-9, Sam Holland hitting 56.
After losing two early wickets, the home side staged a good recovery to 145-5 but then lost three wickets for three runs.
The lower order dug in but at the close, Pinchbeck were still nine runs short with nine wickets down.