CRICKET: Harrox are left helpless by blistering Billingborough

Billingborough's Steve Scott.
Billingborough's Steve Scott.

Brilliant Billingborough were at their scintillating best on Saturday as they collected an emphatic 20-point haul against Moulton Harrox.

The South Lincs and Border League Premier Division title hopefuls clubbed their way to 261-3 in just 28.4 overs, before declaring and dismissing their visitors for 184.

Luke Hollingworth (96), Dave Newman (64) and Steve Scott (50 not out) all shone with the bat, allowing the hosts to call time on their innings early with the threat of heavy rain looming.

Although Jack Cusack (27), Jack Barnett (23) and the excellent Chris Beale (66) got the Harrox reply off to a fine start, Rutvik Botadra (4-31) and Roy Tilley (3-32) played a key role in dismissing them for 184 in the 47th over.

With leaders Boston also taking maximum points, Boro’ remain four points off top spot in second.

Also in the top flight, Bourne consolidated fourth position with a five-wicket win over Grantham.

Cleton Payne cracked 103 not out to guide hosts Grantham to 200-3 from their 45 overs.

But Bourne paced their reply superbly, anchored by an unbeaten 68 from James Keywood. They reached their target with four balls and five wickets in hand.

In Division One, Nick Andrews made a super century for Market Deeping 2nd – but ended up on the losing team.

He smashed 106 in Deeping’s 216-4 at Outgang Road, but Billingborough 2nd battled back to win off the final ball of the match.

Nathan Garfoot (62) top scored in the reply, but it was tail-enders Trevor Ginn and Scott Tite that secured the two-wicket success.

Meanwhile, Baston missed the chance to put a little pressure on leaders Long Sutton, who were without a game.

They suffered a heavy loss to Stamford 2nd, for whom Jon Morley made 109 in a score of 220-4. Chris Birch then took 7-30 to bowl Baston out for 154.

Spalding 2nd and Moulton Harrox 2nd also suffered defeats, despite impressive half-centuries from players on each side.

Town’s Sanj Tott made 50 in their pursuit of Boston 2nd’s 211-5, but they were eventually all out for 178.

Jack Barnett blasted 61 not out for Moulton 2nd, but their 150 against Blankney was nowhere near enough, as they eased home by eight wickets.

In Division Three, leaders Long Sutton 2nd chalked up another victory. They made 135-9 batting first in their duel with Lindum 3rd.

Rob Simpson then took 5-26 to bowl the Lincoln side out for just 74.

It wasn’t such a good day for Spalding 3rd, though. Town’s young guns were well-beaten by Cavaliers, who set an imposing target of 257-8.

Spalding were then knocked over for 87 as they missed the chance to go third.