Top local trio Spalding, Market Deeping and Bourne all failed to register a win in the Lincs ECB Premier League on Saturday.
Much-improved Town suffered a six-wicket loss at Sleaford, while Deeping went down by six wickets at home to Bracebridge Heath and Bourne came unstuck at Louth.
Promoted Spalding put in a much more competitive showing this week, with Warren Nel’s 58 against his old club guiding them to 192-9.
Although teenager Max Cusack bowled well on his debut and Springbok Nel picked up figures of 2-56, Sleaford knocked off the runs with four overs to spare after Thomas Shorthouse smashed 85.
At Outgang Road, Deeping were dismissed for 112 as Bracebridge’s Matt Bradley took 6-27.
The visitors also found themselves in trouble on 28-3, but Nick John hit an unbeaten 55 to deny Deeping.
At Louth, Jason Collinson’s unbeaten 83 saw the hosts reach 220-7, despite 4-81 from Darren Cousins. Bourne were then bowled out for 152 in reply, with Carl Wilson (43) top scoring.
Meanwhile, perennial title challengers Billingborough enjoyed an emphatic 123-run win over Stamford Town in South Lincs and Border League Premier Division.
Dave Newman made 65 of the village side’s 207-5, before Roy Tilley’s eight overs brought him figures of 5-12 to skittle Stamford out for 84.
Bourne 2nd made it two wins from as many games with six-wicket success over Lincoln Lindum 2nd. Archie Stroud (5-29) starred with the ball before Tom Bentley hit a fine 54 to round off the win.
Long Sutton and Baston remain unbeaten in Division One and sit in the top two positions.
John Lamin took five for eight in 6.3 overs to help Baston to a 27-run win over Market Deeping 2nd, while Sutton went on to claim a comprehensive nine-wicket win over Friskney (all out for 47) after Phil Edgeller had taken 4-7.
There was a derby match on Sunday, with Simon Juckes’ unbeaten 66 guiding Spalding 2nd (130-3) to a seven wicket win over Moulton Harrox 2nd (129).
In Division Two, Pinchbeck got their first win of the season after seeing off Burgh and District in a high-scoring game.
Batting first, Burgh & District made 171-9 – a target Pinchbeck reached for the loss of five wickets, with Danny Jackson top scoring on 72.
The tightest game of the day in the third tier saw Long Sutton 2nd had just one wicket standing when they scored the winning run at home to Timberland who had been bowled out for 108.
Spalding 3rd suffered their first loss of the season after being bowled out for 110 against Claypole. Ben Ryder and Luke Endley shared an unbeaten stand to sink Town.