CRICKET: Deeping collapse for an embarrassing 28

Put down: Baston's Adam Hilless drops a sharp caught and bowled chance against Stamford 2nd on Saturday. Photo by TIM WILSON
Put down: Baston's Adam Hilless drops a sharp caught and bowled chance against Stamford 2nd on Saturday. Photo by TIM WILSON

TEN years after dismissing Caistor for a Lincs ECB Premier League record low of 24, Market Deeping came within a whisker of an embarrassing role reversal on Saturday.

Promoted Haxey skittled them out for just 28 at Outgang Road, with Chinthaka Perera’s devastating spell of 6-10 doing most of the damage.

Deeping looked to have things under control in one of only two games in the division to beat the weather, dismissing the high-fliers for a low-looking 114, with Tom Attalah taking fine figures of 4-27.

But they capitulated to one of the worst scores ever recorded in the league – Aussie Atallah top scoring with just six not out.

Deeping badly missed skipper Dave Gillett, who was unavailable through illness.

Bourne’s game at Lincoln Lindum was one of the many cancellations due to more rain in the county.

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DIVISION One leaders Spalding Town took advantage of a rain-hit weekend to consolidate their position at the top.

Rain washed out all but five of the matches across the three divisions – including Billingborough’s clash with Woodhall Spa 2nd.

Having lost heavily to defending champions Boro last week, Town bounced back with a 77-run success over Skegness 2nd at Spalding Grammar School.

Josh Newton (86) and Charlie Kearns (5-26) were the stars of the show for Spalding, who put last week’s horror-show behind them with a really strong performance.

Newton’s knock was the catalyst for a fine batting display, as Town posted 203-5 batting first. There were also notable contributions from Rob Ambrose (42) and Simon Juckes (38).

Kearns, Ansar Hussain (3-37) and Jimmy Clarke (2-32) then did the damage with the ball, knocking Skegness over for 126.

Skipper Ambrose described the result as “very important”– more from him in Thursday’s Spalding Guardian.

With Stamford also winning, Town are five points clear at the top and, perhaps more importantly, 29 ahead of Billingborough.

Moulton Harrox also beat the weather at Broad Lane, but they couldn’t repeat the trick against Belton Park.

With Belton batting first, Maxwell Cusack was the pick of the bowlers with solid figures of 3-54. Jack and Freddie Barnett also chipped in with two wickets apiece, but the visitors managed a competitive 183-9.

After losing opener Karl Hibbert for just one, Harrox struggled to get anywhere near their target, with only four men making double figures.

Chris Beale did manage 38, but his side were finally dismissed for 127.

In Division Two, Baston’s struggles continued against high-flying Stamford 2nd.

Suneel Appan hit 102 as the visitors made 205 at The Shrine, despite three wickets from Adam Hilless. The same player managed an unbeaten 25 down the order, but Baston were all out for 120.