CRICKET: Ton-derful Boro close gap on Town in style

Close call: Moulton Harrox 2nd's Darren Hibbert gives Blankney's Ben Hargrave a working over on Sunday ' but it was the visitors who emerged victorious. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG220712-137TW
Close call: Moulton Harrox 2nd's Darren Hibbert gives Blankney's Ben Hargrave a working over on Sunday ' but it was the visitors who emerged victorious. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG220712-137TW

SIZZLING Billingborough duo Dave Newman and Geordie Scott shared a club record stand of 320 as the South Lincs and Border League Division One title race took another twist on Saturday.

With leaders Spalding Town and title hopefuls Stamford both seeing their games called off, defending champions Boro absolutely slaughtered Bourne 2nd by 215 runs to move within six points of the summit.

Batting first on home soil, openers Newman and Scott were at their destructive best, carting the Bourne bowlers to every corner of the ground.

Newman cracked an unbeaten 158 from just 125 balls, which included 17 fours and seven big sixes, while Kiwi ace Scott helped himself to 156 from 151 balls.

He also found the boundary with consummate ease before eventually being dismissed by Aiden Smith, launching one more maximum than Newman and a hefty 16 fours.

Chasing a whopping 334-1, struggling Bourne were never likely to take the spoils – but they did deny Boro maximum points.

A vintage spell of 5-19 from Dave Gollop had them on the ropes, only for defiant knocks from Jordan Temple (20no from 97 balls) and Chris Binns (31no) to guide the visitors to 119-8.

With the weather once again wrecking the Division One programme, Moulton Harrox and Market Deeping 2nd also saw their games wiped out.

In Division Two, Spalding 2nd jump up to second spot after a comprehensive victory over Thomas Cook.

Ollie Saville (4-13) and Steve Norris (3-8) were on song as Town dismissed their opponents for 66 in just under 40 overs – a score that was passed by the title hopefuls for the loss of four wickets.

Billingborough 2nd, Baston and Moulton Harrox Sunday were all soundly beaten, though. After seeing Welby make 156 batting first, Boro’s second string collapsed to a meagre 37 all out, Jonathan Durham taking 6-6.

Basement boys Baston knocked over Cavaliers for 125 as Ant Morris Jnr took 4-10 in only 4.3 overs, but could muster only 99 in reply. Tom Wilkin (5-22) was their chief tormentor.

A day later at Harrox Field, Moulton’s second side were undone by a devastating display from Blankney’s Neil Gilbert. He took 8-19 to dismiss Moulton for 80 in their pursuit of the away sides total of 141-9.

Down in Division Three, Pinchbeck tasted defeat to stay bottom of the pile.

Danny Jackson top scored with 30 to guide hosts Pinchbeck to a low-looking 131-6 batting first at Spalding Grammar School.

It looked much more impressive when opponents Timberlands were reduced to 28-6, Harry Waine taking 5-24, but they stood firm to edge home by two wickets.