CRICKET: Billingborough close in on title

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GEORDIE Scott took incredible figures of 7-22 as Billingborough closed in the South Lincs and Border League Division One crown.

The Boro’ all-rounder was at his destructive best to help the leaders took a routine 20-point haul against Belton Park on Saturday.

Belton were all out for just 84, with Billingborough knocking their target off for the loss of four wickets. Their lead remains at an imposing 44 points.

Moulton Harrox were also on winning form, as they dispatched Market Deeping 2nd by 39 runs. Chris Beale top scored with 54 in Moulton’s 176-9, with Deeping only able to muster 137-9.

Elsewhere in the top flight, Spalding fell agonisingly short in their run chase against Sleaford 2nd.

Jimmy Clarke took an impressive 3-13 to help limit the visitors to 150-9, but Town could only manage 145-8 from their 45 overs at Spalding Grammar School.

Basement boys Bourne 2nd were also on the wrong end of a defeat against Lindum Ramblers – but closed the gap on rivals Boston 2nd and Deeping 2nd.

Batting first they made 132-7, but half centuries from the Lincoln duo Knowles (65no) and Watkins (51no) eased the hosts home.

In Division Two, an unbeaten 97 from Chris King guided Billingborough 2nd to a massive 164-run win over Boston 3rd.

Boro’s second string smashed 210-5, with Shane George taking 6-14 to skittle Boston out for just 46.

There wasn’t such good news for Spalding 2nd, who – like the first team – came up short against Welby.

With Welby posting just 144-8, Town were only able to amass 134-9 in reply.

Down in Division Three, third-placed Baston lost a crucial clash with fellow promotion candidates Blankney.

Liam Davies top scored with 54 at The Shrine, but Blankney knocked off their 167-8 with three wickets in hand.