AUSTRALIAN ace Tom Atallah took five wickets on his Lincs ECB Premier Division debut to guide Market Deeping to a comfortable win over Boston.
The new overseas signing recorded figures of 5-19 to help skittle the hosts out for 103 as the league finally got under way on Saturday after three washed out weekends.
Only Jonathan Cheer (37) offered any resistance for Boston, with Karl Green (2-11) also bowling well.
Deeping had little trouble in their reply as Jamie Morgan’s 60-ball 58 laid the foundations for a seven-wicket win.
Dethroned champions Bourne didn’t have such an enjoyable start, though.
They were comprehensively beaten by promoted Haxey at the Abbey Lawn, for who skipper Mark Atkins took 5-17 to help bowl the home side out for 151.
Haxey overtook that for the loss of just four wickets.
• Results: Boston 103 (Atallah 5-19) Market Deeping 104-3 (Morgan 58); Bourne 151 (Atkins 5-17) Haxey 152-4; Skegness 228-8 (Houghton 67, Pringle 50, Bradley 5-61) Bracebridge Heath 232-7 (Houston 58); Grimsby 240-6 (Antcliffe 83) Louth 182-9; Lindum 118, (O’Brien 5-42) Woodhall Spa 119-7; Hartsholme 78, Sleaford 80-2.
• South Lincs & Border League: SPALDING Town went clear at the top of Division One with a nail-biting win over Stamford on Saturday.
Matt Hendry made 46 as Town were bowled out for just 142 in 46.4 overs – a total Stamford looked likely to surpass.
But a cracking bowling display, sealed by Charlie Kearns’ (3-40) dismissal of Bill Hall at the 11th hour earned a three-wicket win.
Champions Billingborough got their season up and running with an impressive four-wicket win over Skegness 2nd.
Chasing Skeg’s 189-8, an unbeaten stand from brothers Dave (69 not out) and Stu Gollop (31 not out) saw Boro’ home.
Market Deeping 2nd were also in action in the top flight, but were handed a seven-wicket beateing by Sleaford 2nd after posting 116-6 batting first.
In Division Two, Spalding 2nd and Baston both suffered narrow losses to Blankney and Boston 2nd respectively, while a return of 6-12 from Billingborough 2nd’s Ginn helped see off Stamford 2nd.
On Sunday, Moulton Harrox were bowled out for just 22 in a 10-wicket thrashing by Heckington.
Down in Division Three, Pinchbeck earned a nail-biting two-run success over Welby – despite scoring just 100 batting first.
• Results: Division One – Spalding 142 (Armstrong 5-49, Hulme – 5 stumpings) Stamford Town 139; Lindum Ramblers 144-9 Woodhall Spa 2nd 106; Market Deeping 2nd 116-6, Sleaford 2nd 119-3; Skegness 2nd 189-8 (Ainsworth 68, Nuttal 78) Billingborough 190-6 (Gollop 69no); Belton Park v Grantham (off, waterlogged pitch); Moulton Harrox v Bourne 2nd (off, waterlogged pitch). Division Two – Baston 89 (Mazhar 5-12) Boston 2nd 90-4; Billingborough 2nd 85 (Birch 5-18) Stamford Town 2nd 58 (Ginn 6-12); Spalding 2nd 77 (Schwandt 5-25) Blankney 78-2; Cavaliers 134-9 (Church 51) Thomas Cook 135-5; Moulton Harrox 2nd 22 (J Braithwaite 8-7) Heckington 24-0. Division Three – Boston 3rd 128 Friskney 131-7; Lindum Academy 235-7 Grantham 2nd 175; Pinchbeck 100 Welby 2nd 98; North Luffenham v Spalding 3rd (off, waterlogged pitch); Timberland v Claypole (off, waterlogged pitch).
• See Thursday’s Spalding Guardian for more cricket reports, reaction, tables and scorecards.