CRICKET: Town’s title tilt alive after Carl’s 8-16

Well watched: Bourne 2nd's Mark Richardson fends off a delivery from Joe Pearson. Photo: SG230711-14MD
Well watched: Bourne 2nd's Mark Richardson fends off a delivery from Joe Pearson. Photo: SG230711-14MD

CARL Lamming took the best South Lincs and Border League Division Two bowling figures of the season so far as Spalding 2nd kept their title dream alive.

He snared an amazing 8-16 against Boston 3rd on Saturday, eclipsing the previous best of 8-29 by team-mate Barry Stanway.

Boston made 111 batting first, with Town chasing that down for the loss of just three wickets.

In the top flight, Billingborough remain on course for the title as they went 44 points clear with victory over Lindum 2nd.

Chasing 122 to win on home soil, Dave Newman’s 39 on his 100th game for the club helped secure an eight wicket win.

Spalding were also on winning form as they jumped up to fourth. A fine 60 from Matt Hendry helped them post 217-9 against Boston 2nd, who managed just 156-8 in reply.

Ansar Hussain was chief destroyer with the ball, as he took figures of 4-21.

In the big derby at the foot, Bourne 2nd beat Market Deeping 2nd to move within eight points of their opponents. A 56 from Knowles helped the hosts post 209-7 at the Abbey Lawn, with Deeping only mustering 128.

Meanwhile, Moulton Harrox were convincing winners against Grantham. Will Jex’s 66 was pivotal as Harrox chased down 133-6 for the loss of just two wickets.

Down in Division Three, Moulton Harrox Sunday slipped down to second following a comprehensive beating by Baston.

Jack Barnett’s 61 was the highlight of Moulton’s 111, but he was one of Steve Richardson’s six victims. Baston knocked off the runs with five wickets to spare.

Spalding 3rd were battered by Blankney, with David Thomas (148no) and Lee Williams (95) sharing a mammoth third wicket partnership of 224 in their total of 280-3.

Town never got close to their huge target and were all out for 136.

There was better news for Pinchbeck though, as they recorded a third league win of the season.

Sam Smith top scored with 59 as they posted 144-7 against Claypole, before five wickets from Steve Robinson helped complete a 12-run win.