CRICKET: Promotion dream edges closer as Boro’ beat Boston

GREAT KNOCK: Bourne 2nd's Archie Stroud made an impressive 96 not out against Skegness 2nd on Saturday ' the best individual score of the weekend.
GREAT KNOCK: Bourne 2nd's Archie Stroud made an impressive 96 not out against Skegness 2nd on Saturday ' the best individual score of the weekend.
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Billingborough are on the brink of promotion to the Lincs ECB Premier League after defeating nearest rivals Boston on a rain-hit Saturday.

The title hopefuls knocked their second-placed hosts over for just 92 as Roy Tilley took fantastic figures of 4-6, before edging to 94-6 in reply.

After suffering successive years of promotion heartache in South Lincs and Border League Premier Division, Boro’ are in a commanding position to reach the county big time with just four games left.

Only Matt Poole (27) and Tom Baxter (24) made double figures for Boston in their 92, with Dave Gollop (2-29), Rutvik Botadra (2-42) and Steve Scott (1-7) the other wicket takers for the away side.

Andy Scott (33) scored well at the top of the innings in Boro’s reply, but they were struggling at 80-6 before Chris King (12no) guided them home.

Behind the top two, Bourne 2nd moved up to third with a fine win over Skegness 2nd. Archie Stroud (96no) and Rob Dunn (53) shone with the bat as Bourne made 209-2, before limiting Skegness to 198-7.

In Division One, a super 79 not out from Liam Davies helped Baston chase down Blankney’s 141 for the loss of just two wickets.

They are now 32 points behind leaders Long Sutton, who limited Market Deeping 2nd to 123-8 before the rain stopped their reply on 35-0.

The only other one of our sides to beat the rain was Moulton Harrox 2nd.

Harry Barnett made 68 for them in a team tally of 209 on Sunday, but the hosts passed their target with six wickets in hand.

• Heavy rain on Saturday washed out the Lincs ECB Premier League matches involving Spalding Town, Market Deeping and Bourne.

Not a single ball was bowled in the scheduled showdowns between Spalding and Hartsholme, Bourne and Haxey and Louth and Market Deeping – with only one game in the entire league played to completion.