Late drama as Long Sutton are beaten

THAT'S OUT: Billingborough 2nd opener Mick Stanley is bowled by Ross Lowndes after making 27, just over half of the team's total. Photo: SG040715-188TW
THAT'S OUT: Billingborough 2nd opener Mick Stanley is bowled by Ross Lowndes after making 27, just over half of the team's total. Photo: SG040715-188TW
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Long Sutton were edged out in a last-over thriller at the Paradise Field on Saturday.

Having been asked to bat, Sutton lost an early wicket but recovered well with a fine partnership between skipper Phil Barnes (87) and Adam Wright (44).

When Wright was dismissed, in-form Luke Lovegrove continued to push the scoring on and a late flurry of boundaries from all-rounder Rob Simpson helped Sutton to a respectable 210-8.

Grantham 2nd started well with their reply but a wicket for Barry Stanway soon pegged them back.

And when the number three was superbly stumped by Wright off the bowling of Jake Burton, Sutton were right back in it.

Grantham’s middle order continued to score runs steadily and looked as though they would cruise home.

However the reintroduction of Stanway and some tight bowling from Simpson hauled Sutton back into the game.

It was down to the last over and with Grantham needing just five runs they had to be favourites.

Burton struck with the first ball of the over to set the nerves jangling but Grantham’s tail wagged and they made it home with just one ball to spare.

Meanwhile, Boston’s lead in the South Lincolnshire & Border League Premier Division was cut after Bourne 2nd beat Lindum Ramblers while the leaders dropped a point in their victory over Belton Park.

Things are much tighter in the lower half of the table where bottom side Moulton Harrox are beginning to fall away.

Sumit Puri put in a man-of-the-match performance for Sleaford 2nd, hitting 63 runs and taking five wickets in his side’s win over Harrox.

The highest scoring and tightest game came at Billingborough where Woodhall Spa 2nd finished on 239-9 with new signing Daelon Campbell hitting 87.

But the home side were also in good batting form, Mitch Griffiths making 51, and Billingborough were just five runs short of their target with eight wickets down.

A battle is building for the Division One championship, Market Deeping 2nd leading the way after a nine-wicket win over Billingborough 2nd.

Welby’s hopes of avoiding relegation were boosted with a win over Long Sutton 2nd who were bowled out for 66.

Division Two leaders Baston were without a game as four players hit half-centuries for third-placed Timberlands in their victory over Spalding 3rd.

They made the day’s highest total and Eric Askin then took six wickets as Spalding were all out for 96.

Pinchbeck lie fourth with games in hand after beating Graves Park by seven wickets.