Long Sutton 1st (177-6) Boston 2nd (140-7) (match abandoned): Sutton’s quest for another win was curtailed by the British summer last weekend – but they sit 25 points clear ahead of Saturday’s derby with Spalding Town 2nd.
After not winning the toss for the third consecutive week, Sutton were forced to bat with overhead conditions favourable to bowlers.
Sutton started poorly, losing Ed Booth (5) early on – but Phil Barnes (20) and Adam Wright (42) built a partnership before then weather intervened.
When play resumed, both set batsmen were dismissed and Steve Skoulding (0) was run out, but Paul Edgeller (59) continued his rich vain of form.
He was assisted by skipper Matt Bull (23 not out) and Barry Stanway (15), propelling Sutton towards as competitive 177-8 from their allotted 45 overs.
In reply, Boston started superbly with the openers seeing off the usually reliable combination of Edgeller and Stanway.
With the opposition creeping towards their target, Jimmy Wright was introduced into the attack and he was the ideally suited the conditions, picking up the big wicket of Dave Gilding (60).
After the completion of his 12 over spell, Wright (5-23) had decimated the Boston reply and had given Sutton hope of a win.
Stanway (2-36) was introduced but with light fading and rain get heavier, the final six overs could be not completed.
Despite the rain, Sutton collected 15 points for their efforts, moving them further clear of second-placed Baston.
All South Holland eyes now turn to this Saturday’s derby clash between Town 2nd – who saw their match with Baston rained off last weekend too – and red-hot Sutton at the Memorial Field (1.30pm).
Visitors Sutton will be favourites for the clash, having amassed 49 more points than fifth-placed Spalding, but it should be a cracking contest between the rivals.
• Long Sutton’s Sunday 1st side came agonisingly close to seeing off a strong Castor side in Rutland League Division Three.
Chasing 210-5 at Port Lane, they were out for 202 to suffer an eight-run loss.
Robin Vitas (61) and Luke Broekman (94) piled on the majority of Castor’s runs, but both were dismissed by by the brilliant Paul Edgeller (5-33). Mark Woodall (0-41) was very unfortunate, seeing three catches go down off his bowling and a stumping chance missed.
Sutton openers Steve Skoulding (11) and Phil Coote (20) gave the reply a solid foundation, with the impressive Edgeller (56) again scoring heavily to edge his side towards an unlikely win. He was supported by Danny Sisson (20), but both fell in quick succession.
Ben Shore (11), Jordan Keeble (12), Jack Keeble (10 not out) and Jake Burton (11) all scored well down the order, but the superb Jason Dunn (5-43) wrapped the innings up in the final over.
Sunday regular Ian Morris said: “We showed great determination and fight to get this close – and if we’d held our catches, we may have been chasing 15 or 20 runs less.”