CRICKET: Teenage ace Troops leads the way

Barry Stanway of Long Sutton bowls Billingborough opener Chris King. Photo by Tim Wilson
Barry Stanway of Long Sutton bowls Billingborough opener Chris King. Photo by Tim Wilson
  • South Lincolnshire & Border League

Damp pitches led to lower scores in many matches but it was sunshine all the way for 17-year-old Ben Troops as he hit the day’s only century.

Troops was unbeaten on 101 as Boston 3rd notched up 226-6 in their Division Two game against Pinchbeck who were then bowled out for 77 – Ian Morris taking 6-26.

Troops opened the batting and shared a fourth-wicket stand of 112 with Sean Barnett and 41 for the fifth with Shaun Moore before Morris took over with the ball to give his side 20 points.

Spalding’s advantage in the Premier Division was cut to eight points following defeat by Belton Park for whom Tyronne Premasiri hit 50.

Skipper Rob Ambrose made an unbeaten 55 for Spalding but the leaders were still 25 runs short at the close.

Second-placed Sleaford 2nd beat Bourne 2nd by six wickets with Ben Hutson taking 6-35.

Market Deeping 2nd stay third despite going down to Woodhall Spa 2nd for whom Adam Barker hit 52.

Long Sutton’s Barry Stanway recorded the division’s best bowling figures with 6-26 but Shaun Brown’s 5-25 saw Billingborough to victory.

Division One leaders Spalding 2nd were without a game, allowing second-placed Freiston to close the gap to 20 points after their victory over Timberland in which Connor Goodfellow hit 66.

These two have opened up a big gap over Moulton Harrox in third and Baston who are only three points behind in fourth after beating Harrox by seven wickets.

Welby Cavaliers stay fifth despite going down to Skegness 2nd.

Vinit Matta made 64 for Cavaliers with Reece Brant taking 5-20 for Skegness who went on to a five-wicket win with Luke Odlin hitting 55.

The tightest game came at Billingborough whose second XI were all out for 80. Grantham 3rd then lost eight wickets before reaching their target.

Only two games were played in Division Two where Boston 3rd are eight points behind second-placed Graves Park with Claypole, who were without a game, continuing to dominate.

Spalding 3rd won the only other game, beating Long Sutton 2nd by 30 runs.

PREMIER DIVISION

Belton Park 202-7 (Premasiri 50), Spalding 177-9 (Ambrose 55no); Bourne 2nd 124 (Hutson 6-35), Sleaford 2nd 126-4; Woodhall Spa 2nd 173-7 (Barker 52), Market Deeping 2nd 135-9; Billingborough 94 (Stanway 6-26), Long Sutton 70 (Brown 5-22).

DIVISION ONE

Moulton Harrox 125, Baston 126-7; Billingborough 2nd 80, Grantham 3rd 81-8; Freiston 197 (Goodfellow 66), Timberland 150; Welby Cavaliers 150 (Matta 64, Brant 5-20), Skegness 2nd 151-5 (Oldin 55).

DIVISION TWO

Boston 3rd 226-6 (B Troops 101no), Pinchbeck 77 (Morris 6-26); Spalding 3rd 151-9, Long Sutton 2nd 121; Burgh & District v Grantham 4th -– cancelled, waterlogged pitch; Belton Park 2nd conceded to Graves Park.