Spalding continue to hold their own in the Lincs ECB Premier League with a third ‘big’ team put under the cosh at the grammar school on Saturday.
After fantastic home victories against Bracebridge Heath and last year’s champions Haxey in recent weeks, Rob Ambrose’s charges were unlucky not to beat high-flying Skegness.
However, the winning draw against the title challengers shows again that they are a match for anyone on their own turf.
It was their overseas professionals that came up with the goods again on Saturday as Warren Nel made 75 and Campbell Light an unbeaten 59 as Spalding registered 251-4.
Josh Newton also weighed in with an impressive 52 as the Seasiders struggled to make an impact against the home batting.
But, just as another impressive victory looked on the cards, Skegness’ final wicket proved elusive and the visitors finished on 190-9, with Light claiming three wickets and Nel two.
High-flying Market Deeping suffered a last ball defeat at Sleaford after an awesome 179 not out off 140 balls for Kiwi international Tim McIntosh took the home side to 309 for three.
Deeping skipper David Gillett was in awe of the innings: “You will not see a better innings at this level of cricket,” Gillett enthused of a Kiwi with 17 Test caps (average, a shade over 29) to his name.”
But Deeping also batted well in reaching 252. Teenager Alex Wheatley posted 56, while Tom Andrews chalked up 50.
Gillett was, however, furious at two umpiring decisions that lost his side two wickets in the final four balls.
Bourne slipped closer to the bottom after suffering a losing draw against Bracebridge Heath.
There were three half centuries as Heath notched up an imposing 288 for six.
But in-form Stuart Airey, fresh from his man-of-the-match display against the same opposition in the Lincs Twenty/20 Cup Final, cracked 71 for Bourne, who never threatened the Bracebridge score as they hung on to their last wicket to finish 203 for nine.
Ben Stroud took four wickets for Bourne.