CRICKET: Town denied maiden win after last ball drama

Match-winning knock: Bourne's Conrad Louth hit a fine 81 as the defending Lincs ECB Premier Division champions got back on track at Sleaford. Photo by ALAN STORER
Match-winning knock: Bourne's Conrad Louth hit a fine 81 as the defending Lincs ECB Premier Division champions got back on track at Sleaford. Photo by ALAN STORER
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A MAIDEN South Lincs and Border League Division One win of the season eluded Spalding 1st as they were forced to settle for a thrilling tie on Saturday.

Town needed just one run off the final ball to defeat Woodhall Spa 2nd at Jubilee Park, but saw their last wicket fall to leave the spoils shared.

The hosts had earlier racked up an impressive score of 223-2 in their 45 overs, with Rob Bee (106no) scoring the top division’s only century and Nic Stone then adding an unbeaten 65.

Spalding battled back superbly to level the scores, but just missed out on ending their winless streak.

Elsewhere in Division One, a top bowling display from Jack Barnett (5-27) helped Moulton Harrox to a seven wicket win over Bourne 2nd.

Barnett helped restrict Bourne to 129 all out, with Harrox chasing that down with ease.

Another team struggling were Market Deeping 2nd, who were skittled out for 93 against champions Billingborough. Dave Newman (55no) then steered his side to a nine-wicket win.

Down in Division Three, Pinchbeck suffered a second successive defeat.

A solid bowling display saw them restrict North Luffenham to 183-6, but they could manage only 153 in reply. Dave Brew was chief tormentor, taking fine figures of 5-13.

Results: Division One - Belton Park 220-7 (Law 58, D Turner 64, Dave 5-45), Stamford 114 (Sheardown 5-18); Market Deeping 2nd 93, Billingborough 94-1 (Newman 55); Bourne 2nd 129 (Barnett 5-27), Moulton Harrox 130-3; Lindum Ramblers 151, Grantham 155-6 (Parmley 56); Woodhall Spa 2nd 223-2 (Bee 106no, Stone 65no), Spalding 223; Sleaford 2nd 190-7 (Roberts 88no), Boston 172-8 (Grant 60). Division Two - Welby 227-8 (M Whatton 84), Stamford 2nd 195-9 (Curran 5-51); Thomas Cook 219-7 (Easwaran 61, Manohar 55), Cavaliers 220-5 (Robinson 119, Dale 51); Sleaford Sunday 106 (Cox 5-36), Billingborough 2nd 107-6. Division Three - North Luffenham 183-6, Pinchbeck 153 (Brew 5-13).

• DEFENDING Lincs ECB Premier Division champions Bourne got their season up and running with a convincing eight-wicket win over Sleaford.

After last weekend’s surprise loss, they restricted Sleaford to 185-9, despite the best efforts of Oliver Burford (73).

Bourne then knocked off the runs for the loss of only two wickets, with Conrad Louth hitting 81 and skipper Pete Morgan adding 54.

Market Deeping also registered their first win after a super run chase against Boston.

Matt Ward’s 63 helped Boston to 195 all out, but half-centuries from Nick Andrews (64no) and Lee Peacock (51) saw Deeping home in good time.

Results: Bracebridge Heath 306-4 (John 96, Neal 68no), Skegness 177; Hartsholme 274-1 (Nel 130no, Poundall 70 retd hurt, Wooldridge 52), Grimsby 276-5 (Antcliffe 129no); Lindum 303-8 (Morley-Barnes 69, Robinson 82, Rutherford 67), Nettleham 199-8; Louth 275-5 (Shiroman 122no, G West 52), Woodhall Spa 146-8; Boston 195 (Ward 63), Market Deeping 201-7 (Andrews 64no, Peacock 51); Sleaford 185-9 (Burford 73), Bourne 186-2 (Louth 81 Morgan 54).