CRICKET: Triple triumph is toasted by Town

Calm before the storm: Pinchbeck's Richard Riley hits out on Saturday ' but Spalding 3rd soon skittled his side out for just 78. Photo: SG250611-163TW (TIM WILSON)
Calm before the storm: Pinchbeck's Richard Riley hits out on Saturday ' but Spalding 3rd soon skittled his side out for just 78. Photo: SG250611-163TW (TIM WILSON)

SPALDING enjoyed a triple triumph on Saturday as all three of their sides won in the South Lincs and Border League.

Town’s top team cruised past Grantham in Division One, while the second and third sides ruthlessly dispatched Heckington and Pinchbeck respectively.

A 62 from Mike Kearns Snr and solid knocks from Michael Kearns (34) and Jamie Juckes (33) down the order helped Spalding 1st post 189-8 batting first.

Grantham never looked like chasing their total down, with Juckes (3-35) and Michael Kearns (3-26) bowling them out for just 98.

Impressive bowling was they key for Town 2nd too, as they made incredibly light work of Heckington in Division Two.

Carl Lamming starred with 5-21 and Heath Ripley bagged 4-11 as the hosts were blown away for just 62 in 19 overs.

Spalding had no such trouble knocking off the runs, with openers Tom Dale (32) and Mick East (21no) doing most of the work.

It was a similar story in the Division Three derby, with Pinchbeck blown away by Town’s third string.

Richard Dale was the pick of the attack with 4-12 as Pinchbeck collapsed to 78 all out at the Memorial Field.

Ben Westlake led the charge with 45 not out for the Division Three leaders, including two sixes and seven fours, as Spalding eased home by five wickets.

Back in the top flight, Stamford handed leaders Billingborough a first loss of the season.

They were bowled out for 111, which Stamford passed with two wickets to spare.

High-flying Moulton Harrox failed to capitalise though, as they were edged out by Belton Park.

Moulton’s meagre 132 was almost enough, but a lower-order cameo from Andrew Sheardown (54no) edged the hosts home by one wicket.

There was more woe for basement duo Bourne 2nd and Market Deeping 2nd too, as they lost to Sleaford 2nd and Lindum Ramblers respectively.

Meanwhile, Baston and Moulton Harrox Sunday contested a cracking derby in the third tier.

Ant Morris hit 69 as Baston made a decent 158-8 batting first at Broad Lane, despite the best efforts of Max Cusack (5-39).

But Moulton and Pierce Scourfield had other ideas though, as his unbeaten 62 saw them home with three wickets to spare.

• See Thursday’s Spalding Guardian for tables, reports and reaction.