TOM Bentley hit an unbeaten ton for struggling Bourne 2nd on Saturday – but still finished on the losing side.
The South Lincs and Border League Division One basement boys hit an impressive 202-4 batting first against third-placed Belton Park, with Bentley finishing 100 not out and Andrew Knowles adding 51.
It didn’t prove enough though, as the hosts edged past the target with just two wickets to spare.
At the other end of the table, leaders Billingborough extended their already ample advantage with a routine win over nine-man Grantham.
Dan Duke (4-32) and Roy Tilley (4-18) dismissed the under-strength visitors for 91 before Geordie Scott’s unbeaten 57 wrapped up a nine-wicket success.
Moulton Harrox are now up to fourth – ahead of Spalding Town – following a comfortable 80-run triumph over Boston 2nd.
In contrast, Town slipped to 60-run defeat at home to high-flying Stamford. Tom Williams hit 72 as the visitors racked up 188-8 at Spalding Grammar School, with Town all out for 128 despite Ansar Hussain’s 43.
Market Deeping 2nd were also toppled on home soil. Their 119 wasn’t enough at Outgang Road, as Woodhall Spa 2nd picked up a three-wicket victory.
Down in Division Two, Matt Hendry took figures of 5-17 to get Spalding 2nd on the winning track.
His heroics helped Town defend a meagre tally of 117, with opponents Sleaford Sunday skittled out for 55.
Also in the second tier, Billingborough 2nd were handed a 92-run beating by Stamford 2nd.
Elsewhere, Pinchbeck were extremely unlucky to lose in Division Three. James Brown blasted 94 in their fine with 208-6 against Gratham 2nd, but it was chased down with three wickets to spare.
Moulton Harrox Sunday stay top after a big 96-run success over Burgh and District, 19 points clear of Spalding 3rd.
Town were also on winning form against North Luffenham, with Kev Nottingham (52) and Stu Parker (62) scoring well.
Baston won too, with Jono Howard’s 59 helping to see of Claypole by eight wickets.