CRICKET: Title edges closer for Billingborough

Decisive duel: Stamford's Dave Piggott hits out at a delivery from Moulton's Matt Barnett. Photo by NIKKI GRIFFIN
Decisive duel: Stamford's Dave Piggott hits out at a delivery from Moulton's Matt Barnett. Photo by NIKKI GRIFFIN
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RELENTLESS Billingborough continued their pursuit of the South Lincs and Border League Division One title with another 20-point haul.

The depleted leaders, who were missing three regulars, breezed past Woodhall Spa 2nd with Tom Harrison making a career-best 76 in their 253-7.

Geordie Scott then took four wickets as Spa were all out for 150, leaving Boro’ 44 points clear of Stamford – who also took maximum points against Moulton Harrox.

Despite Matt Barnett’s 5-59, Stamford racked up 229-9 batting first. Harrox found that too steep a task, Will Jex (46) top scoring in their 168.

Spalding came a cropper in the top flight too, with Belton Park beating Simon Juckes’ side by 30 runs.

Mike Kearns Jnr took impressive figures of 5-55 as Belton were bowled out for 160, but Town collapsed to 130 all out.

Staying in the top flight, Market Deeping 2nd registered a much-needed win.

The strugglers beat Sleaford 2nd by ten runs, with Alex Wheatley hitting a pivotal 56 not out.

Bourne 2nd are back at the bottom though, having lost heavily to Grantham. Stewart Mudie hit an amazing 146 not out to seal Bourne’s fate.

In Division Two, Spalding 2nd lost more ground in their title charge as Stamford 2nd handed them a 50-run beating. Half centuries from Josh Prentice and Neil Williams sealed it for Stamford.

Meanwhile, Moulton Harrox Sunday and Spalding 3rd are set for a title tussle in the third tier.

Harrox lead the way following a two-wicket success at Grantham 2nd, while Town are hot on their heals after a two-wicket win of their own against Burgh and District.

At the other end of the tables, Pinchbeck suffered an agonising four-run loss against Timberlands.

• See Thursday’s Spalding Guardian for more cricket.