CRICKET: Duo deliver deserved titles with time to spare

GOOD KNOCK: Spalding 2nd's Simon Juckes, pictured hitting out in Sunday's Memorial field derby, top scored with 70 in a big 145-run win over Moulton Harrox 2nd. He's watched by Jimmy Clarke (right), who made 23 at the top of the order. Photo by NIKKI GRIFFIN
GOOD KNOCK: Spalding 2nd's Simon Juckes, pictured hitting out in Sunday's Memorial field derby, top scored with 70 in a big 145-run win over Moulton Harrox 2nd. He's watched by Jimmy Clarke (right), who made 23 at the top of the order. Photo by NIKKI GRIFFIN
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Both Billingborough and Long Sutton 2nd tied up their respective titles on an historic Saturday in the South Lincs and Border League.

Village side Billingborough took 19 points as they walloped Woodhall Spa 2nd by 71 runs to clinch the Premier Division crown – and almost certainly secure promotion to the Lincs ECB Premier League for the first time.

Andy Scott and David Gollop both made 50 in Boro’s tally of 212, before they bowled Spa out for 141 to make it four titles in six years.

Long Sutton 2nd are also celebrating after wrapping up the Division Two championship in their first season back in the league.

They looked up against it when Chris Dobbie hit 138 for opponents Claypole in their team total of 208.

But solid knocks from Andrew Wright (44), Danny Sisson (42) and Alex Canham (14no) saw Sutton to 211-6 and promotion to Division One with two games to spare.

Long Sutton’s top team are on the verge of winning the Division One title too. They require just five points from their next match at Thomas Cook to be assured of the title after battering high-flying Baston by 133 runs.

Opener Phil Barnes (78) and the red-hot Paul Edgeller (69) top scored as Sutton made 225-9 at Paradise Field, before Jake Burton took 4-10 to help skittle out Baston – who cannot finish in the top two now – for just 92.

Back in the top flight, Bourne 2nd continued their charge for second spot with a David Christmas-inspired win over rivals Boston. The legendary all-rounder made 63 in Bourne’s 209-7 at the Mayflower, with Tom Bentley (50) also grabbing a half century.

Christmas then took 6-34 to help knock the hosts over for a meagre 127.

At the other end of the table, Moulton Harrox did their survival hopes the world of good with a vital victory over relegation rivals Belton Park.

Matt Barnett fired 50 in Harrox’s 224-7 at Broad Lane, with the visitors then dismissed for 170. The 54-run win moves Moulton out of the bottom two with just two games left.

But Moulton Harrox 2nd’s plight isn’t as rosy in Division One, after they were smashed by Spalding 2nd at the Memorial Field.

Simon Juckes shone with 70 in Spalding’s 245-5 ahead of a six-wicket salvo from Richard Gilbert (6-23) that blew rock-bottom Moulton away for just 100.

Mid-table duo Market Deeping 2nd and Billingborough 2nd both suffered narrow losses against Boston 2nd and Friskney respectively.

Steve Elleray’s 101 propelled Boston to 261-8 against Deeping, despite Joe Pearson’s 4-46. Ryan Hyman (56) and Richard Witt (52) both notched half-centuries in Deeping’s reply, but they closed on 202-7.

Friskney made 190-7 against Boro’ 2nd, who could only muster 173-8 in reply.

In Division Two, Chris Klompas smashed 93 as Spalding 3rd amassed a hefty 275-9 against Lindum 3rd, before limiting them to 252-9.

Pinchbeck were also winners as they shocked high-flying Cavaliers. The second-placed side made 167, but Lee Eyett’s 39 guided Pinchbeck to a two-wicket win.