Long Sutton got back to winning ways with a fiercely-contested win over Moulton Harrox in the South Lincolnshire & Border League Premier Division.
With Sutton’s in-form bowling attack, skipper Phil Barnes had no hesitation in asking Moulton to bat first.
Barry Stanway and Jimmy Wright impressed with the new ball once again, dismissing Tom Wilson and star batsman Jack Cusack.
Matt Barnett continued to dig in and Jack Barnett produced a quick counter-attack to put Moulton in front at drinks.
Rob Simpson pulled off a stunning catch to dismiss the impressive Jack Barnett and swing the game back in Sutton’s favour.
Simpson and Jake Burton entered the attack and continued to take wickets as the Moulton innings faded away.
Only Laurence Price offered any real resistance as Stanway produced an impressive second spell to restrict Moulton to 135-8.
Sutton’s reply started slowly and Chris Booth departed early as Moulton looked to make inroads into the batting order.
Wright and Barnes steadied the ship but the introduction of spin duo Barnett and Cusack saw wickets fall steadily.
Runs continued to come with all the middle order chipping in with double figures and a growing number of wides.
It was the left to the finisher Matt Bull to smash a glorious four straight back down the ground to complete a well-earned victory.
Simpson said: “It’s always great to win but to beat our local rivals is so much sweeter.
“Over the last few years we have had the bragging rights and it’s great to retain that.”
Boston saw their lead cut to 10 points after defeat at the hands of Billingborough.
Paul Goodwin hit an unbeaten 51 to take Billingborough to 173-7 before Nathan Garfoot’s five-wicket haul helped to bowl Boston out for 122.
Sleaford 2nd moved into second place after fellow challengers Bourne 2nd went down to Stamford Town.
Bourne were all out for 162 chasing Stamford’s 213-9 while Sleaford bowled Grantham 2nd out for 98 and went on to win by eight wickets.
Matt Haslam recorded the day’s best bowling figures in Woodhall Spa 2nd’s nine-wicket win over Spalding 2nd.
In Division One, Market Deeping’s 14-yearold prospect Nick Green hit an unbeaten 132 and took four wickets as his side extended their lead.
Green was one of two century makers – Ryan Hyman hit 137 as the home side notched up a huge 336-2 off their 45 overs before Grantham 3rd were bowled out for 147.
Heckington are now in second place after beating Lindum 3rd by four wickets with Skegness 2nd just one point behind following their victory over Long Sutton 2nd.
Welby moved off the foot of the table after making 131 then bowling fellow strugglers Billingborough 2nd out for 77.
In Division Two, Baston caught up their game in hand with a victory that puts them just two points behind leaders Claypole.
Baston retained their unbeaten record with an 82- run win over Graves Park while Belton Park 2nd beat Spalding 3rd by a similar margin.
Terry Wilkinson passed a significant milestone for Burgh & District with his 900th wicket.
He took two Pinchbeck wickets while Tony Beardsley claimed five in Burgh’s second victory of the season.