CRICKET: Just champion! Spalding seal first title in 34 years

Proud: Rob Ambrose
Proud: Rob Ambrose

RAMPANT Spalding Cricket Club 1st clinched the South Lincs and Border League Division One title in typically impressive fashion on Saturday.

Rob Ambrose and his side collected 19 points from their final game of the season at Woodhall Spa 2nd to clinch a first championship in 34 years – and keep alive their dream of promotion to the Lincs ECB Premier Division.

Town made 274-9 batting first – a score that easily earned them the two points they needed to be sure of the crown.

Tim Norris (91) and Michael Kearns Jnr (77) top scored, while Michael Kearns Snr (36) made a handy knock in his final game before retirement.

Town refused to let up in their pursuit of the full 20 points and restricted Spa to 196-9, meaning they won by 78 runs and finish 17 points clear of rivals Billingborough.

A delighted Ambrose said: “It was a great way to finish off a brilliant season for the club.

“I’m really proud of the players, they have been superb all season. We brought in three players to strengthen and have a go at knocking Billingborough off their perch at the start of the season.

“But if I’m honest, I thought they would be too strong for us this year. It shows what a good all-round team we have, with all of the team contributing at points throughout the season.

“We now have to wait and see if our application to the Lincs ECB Premier Division is accepted. It would be great for the club if we were accepted into the league but we also know that it is not a formality.

“There are other teams from around the county who have also applied, so we will have to keep our fingers crossed that we are successful. It would be the icing on the cake.”

Elsewhere in Division One, Rob Bentley made an unbeaten 130 in Bourne 2nd’s 60-run win over Sleaford 2nd.

Simon Godby hit 100 for Sleaford in reply, but they fell shy of Bourne’s 264-4.

Billingborough finished their season with a flourish, smashing relegated Market Deeping 2nd by ten wickets.

Having bowled Deeping out for 78, Dave Newman (46no) and Geordie Scott (35no) made light work of the run chase.

Scott finishes the season with over 900 runs and 47 wickets – making him the best top run-maker and wicket-taker in the league.

Moulton Harrox remain in the bottom two following a 27-run loss against Lindum Ramblers. They still have one game to play.

In Division Two, Spalding 2nd were soundly beaten by champions Welby for the second week on the bounce.

Michael Whatton was out on 99 as Welby made 263, before bowling Town out for 154.

Moulton Harrox Sunday were the lowest scorers of the entire weekend, having been skittled out for 30 in pursuit of Boston 2nd’s 212-7.

In Division Three, Spalding 3rd and Pinchbeck were soundly beaten by Burgh and District and Friskney respectively.

See Thursday’s Spalding Guardian for all the tables and results.

Lincs ECB Premier Division: CONRAD Louth hit 100 as Bourne finished their season with a fine win against Sleaford to finish seventh.

Bourne made 246-7, with Jack Berry also getting 55, while Sleaford managed 176 – Berry snaring five wickets.

Market Deeping just managed to finish above basement boys Boston following a nervy losing draw against high-flying Skegness.

Batting first, Skeg chalked up 242-9, with Deeping closing on 191-9 – which was enough to avoid the drop at the expense of basement boys Boston.