CRICKET: Ten-wicket defeat for Spalding in opener

On target: Spalding 3rd's Jake Morton tests out Andy Townsin's defence. Photo: SG160411-26MD (MIKE DAVISON)

On target: Spalding 3rd's Jake Morton tests out Andy Townsin's defence. Photo: SG160411-26MD (MIKE DAVISON)

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SPALDING Cricket Club’s first team got their South Lincs and Border League season off to the worst possible start on Saturday.

Simon Juckes’ men, who are among the favourites for a top three spot in Division One, suffered a ten-wicket loss to promoted Stamford 1st.

Opener Matt Hendry top scored with 38 as Town were bowled out for just 131 batting first, with Bill Hall (3-28) the pick of the bowlers.

In reply Stamford waltzed home in just 16.2 overs, with Chris Bore (82no) hitting three sixes and 13 fours.

There was better news for Market Deeping 2nd in the same division, though.

Richard Witt hit 69 against Boston 2nd as they posted 215-9 having made first use of the Outgang Road track.

In what proved an exciting chase, Luke Gilding made 73 as Boston were all out for 202.

Down in Division Three, Baston made the highest total of the day against Spalding 3rd. Chris Bower (98no) just missed out on the first century of the season in Baston’s mammoth 235-4. In reply, Town were dismissed for 120.

Meanwhile, Jack Barnett’s unbeaten 90 couldn’t stop Moulton Harrox Sunday slipping to a five-wicket defeat against Grantham 2nd.