CRICKET: Brilliant Bentley century motors Bourne to victory

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A stunning century from Bourne 2nd’s Tom Bentley lit up the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division on Saturday.

Bentley blasted 115 in a 46-run triumph over Woodhall Spa 2nd on Saturday, keeping their slim title hopes alive in the process.

OLD HAND: Spalding 2nd's Mick East farms a delivery away, en-route to his 55 against Market Deeping 2nd.

OLD HAND: Spalding 2nd's Mick East farms a delivery away, en-route to his 55 against Market Deeping 2nd.

The number four made the lion’s share of Bourne’s 230-8, with only Tom Dixon (41) giving him any kind of support.

Ben McCarrick (89 not out) did his best to guide visitors Spa to glory, but Springbok ace Xanti Xipu (5-35) ripped through their reply to leave them at 184-8 at the close.

Also in the top flight, second-placed Billingborough made light work of Skegness 2nd to stay hot on Boston’s heels at the summit.

Rutvik Botadra top scored with 74 as Boro made 218-9 at the seaside venue, before dismissing their hosts for 114 to tie-up a 20-point haul.

Leaders Boston also collected a maximum haul against struggling Moulton Harrox, who remain in the bottom two.

Saihan Azim made a destructive 83 from just 59 balls to guide hosts Boston to 251-9 from their 50 overs, despite the best efforts of Henry Lavery (4-58).

Harrox were then dismissed for 123, with Jack Barnett (38) top scoring.

In Division One, leaders Long Sutton returned to action with another emphatic win. They dismissed Blankney for 131 with Jake Burton taking fine figures of 3-18, before James Wright’s unbeaten 64 eased them to a winning tally of 133-2.

Sutton now lead second-placed Friskney by 40 points.

Baston remain in the title picture in fourth after they held their nerve to see off Thomas Cook. Tim Dyer (5-7) shone with the ball to dismiss Cook for 115 at The Shrine, before Scott Downie (31no) got the hosts over the line with four wickets in hand.

Spalding 2nd, meanwhile, enjoyed a fine derby win over Market Deeping 2nd.

Veteran Mick East made 55 in Town’s 194-6 at the Memorial Field, with Jimmy Clarke then taking 5-39 to limit Deeping to 168-9 in reply.

There was another derby duel on Sunday, with Billingborough 2nd easing past Moulton Harrox 2nd.

Fresh from his heroics 24 hours earlier, all-rounder Botadra (76) made another handy knock in Boro’s 277-7, with Richard Wells ending unbeaten on 89 for the hosts.

Basement boys Harrox were all out for 136 in their reply as Stu Gollop and James Zealand took four wickets apiece.

Down in Division Two, Long Sutton 2nd continued their relentless march towards the title with a whirlwind win over Boston 3rd.

Three wickets each from Jordan Keeble and Ian Morris skittled the visitors out for 66 at Paradise Field, with Andrew Wright (21no) and Danny Sisson (39no) steering Sutton to 71-1 in the 14th over.

There was a morale-boosting win for Pinchbeck, too.

Harry Waine snared figures of 4-25 to help dismiss Welby 2nd for 125, then openers Danny Jackson (33) and Mike Knight (43) top scored to clinch a five-wicket win.

Spalding 3rd suffered a nine-wicket beating by Freiston after Haris Nadeem took 6-6 to bowl the young side out for 67.

l More cricket in Thursday’s SpaldingGuardian.