Spalding 2nd (83-5) beat Boston 3rd (80) by 5 wickets: SPALDING’S seamers bowled their side to victory on Saturday with star of the show Rick Dale taking 5-15.
In bowler-friendly conditions, Carl Lamming (2-19) made the early breakthrough in the South Lincs and Border League Division Two clash by bowling Herbert Ushewokunze for only five.
Heath Ripley (1-22) then had Boston captain Niall Young caught at mid-off after some tight bowling, before Lamming dismissed Rowan Evans, who was caught behind by Tom Dale for a second-ball duck.
Rick Dale then took over the proceedings, taking the wicket of Steven Ellary (0) before Chris Page (2-22) bowled Dave Guilding for 22 to claim a crucial wicket.
Two superb caught and bowled dismissals followed for Rick Dale as Sam Major and Tom Windred were sent back to the pavilion with four runs apiece.
Lamming then took a great catch off Dale to dismiss the dangerous Paul Kelly who smashed his way through to 20, before Rick Dale completed his five-wicket haul by bowling tail-ender Kevin Brooks (6).
Chasing a modest total Town lost their first wicket on 19 with Tom Dale caught behind off the impressive Charlie Ward (2-13) for five.
Ward then bowled Steve Lloyds (17) before Jim Clarke (3) was dismissed and Ben Westlake was bowled by spinner Sam Major for a duck to leave Spalding teetering on 37-4.
A superb composed knock of 21 including two glorious lofted fours from Liam Gavaghan got Spalding back on track as he put on 34 with Dave Endersbee before being bowled by Brooks.
But Endersbee (16 not out) and Lamming (3 not out) stayed calm to guide Spalding to their first win of the season.
Pinchbeck (153-7) beat Spalding 4th (145) by 8 runs
PINCHBECK picked up their first win of the 2011 season with an eight-run victory in this well-contested friendly at the Memorial Field.
After being put into bat, Pinchbeck built a decent platform thanks largely to a stand of 52 from Gary Neumann (20) and Jonathan Ralling (42).
In his first knock of the season Ralling showed little signs of rustiness and found the boundary eight times, while Neumann settled down well before being bowled by Lewis Martin.
Pinchbeck were pegged back by Spalding bowlers Marsters (2-12) and Richard Gilbert (2-30), who tightened things up and restricted the total to 98-5.
Led by the efforts of Adam Newell (23), Pinchbeck continued to bat through their 40 overs and – despite two further wickets in quick succession – Andrew Beeston and Tony Sheppard’s unbroken stand of 25 guided them to a total of 153-7.
Two early wickets gave Pinchbeck a boost in the field before Ben Westlake (62) and Alex Lyon (20) gave the hosts the upper hand with a sensible partnership.
Tom Walthem (2-16) brought Pinchbeck back into it by removing Lyon, while Richard Riley bowled Marsters for a duck soon after.
But Spalding skipper Westlake continued to shine, bringing up an excellent half century with his seventh boundary before eventually being dismissed by Walthem.
Will Dolton steamed in from the other end with a very tidy spell of his own but Spalding’s lower order hung in there and refused to give their wickets up cheaply.
Ashley Bright led the charge with a crucial 35 runs including the shot of the day – a magnificent six over deep mid-wicket.
However, at the end of a tiresome spell Dolton (2-16) claimed two wickets to keep the pressure on the hosts and keep Pinchbeck ever so slightly in front.
Beeston added his name to the wickets column before Riley (3-26) snaffled the last two in the final over of the match to end a spirited effort from Spalding.