Long Sutton (125) beat Baston (86) by 39 runs: Gutsy Sutton streaked 45 points clear in South Lincs and Border League Division One thanks to another top bowling display against second-placed Baston on Saturday.
After being inserted on a flat – yet typical – Baston wicket, leaders Sutton started poorly and lost Phil Barnes (0) in the first over.
An excellent partnership between Ed Booth (22) and Paul Edgeller (40) then gave the innings some impetus in the blistering heat.
But Baston fought back, picking up both set batsmen, as well as Jamie Taylor (0) and Mark Woodall (4).
Things then got worse for Sutton as a mix-up saw Jimmy Wright (2) run out.
A patient stand between veteran Steve Skoulding (21) and Matt Bull (11) then moved Sutton above the 100 mark.
The visitors eventually reached 125 on a pitch which, despite its dry nature, wasn’t easy to bat on.
With a relatively small total to try to defend, regular opening pair of Barry Stanway and Paul Edgeller were charged with making inroads into the Baston top order.
They did just that, picking up four wickets with superb spells of quick bowling as they attacked the stumps.
Some calamitous running gifted Sutton a fifth wicket to make it 38-5, before a stubborn stand began to develop between John Lamin (15) and Adam Hilless (8).
With both batsmen having the potential to move through the gears, Sutton knew they’d have to strike soon with a low total on the board.
The task was completed by the ever reliable Jimmy Wright (4-13 from 11.2) who, along with the returning Edgeller (2-30) and some effective work from part-time wicket keeper Jamie Taylor, made light work of the Baston tail to finalise a 39-run victory.
Credit must also go to the ever-impressive Stanway (3-18) who broke the backbone of the Baston order early in their reply.
Next up for Sutton is a home derby with Spalding 2nd at Paradise Field on Saturday (1.30pm).