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Derby delight for Spalding after win over Bourne sends them top of Premier Division




Skipper Jonathan Miles led by example as Spalding Town 1st beat Bourne 2nd to replace them as leaders of the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division.

Miles hit an unbeaten 55 before taking a stunning 5 for 12 off ten overs as the visitors were dismissed for just 100.

With five matches to play, including the reverse fixture at Abbey Lawn on the final day, and third-placed Skegness still very much in the picture it’s set to be a tight finish.

Spalding 1sts' number three batsman Josh Newton was caught and bowled for 17. Photo by Michael Fysh. SG-100819-037MF
Spalding 1sts' number three batsman Josh Newton was caught and bowled for 17. Photo by Michael Fysh. SG-100819-037MF

In the run-up to Saturday’s derby win, Miles had called on his squad to give everything - and he led by example.

Bourne 2nds had their tails up after putting the hosts into bat and seeing Adam Hilless bowl opener Joe Broomfield for eight runs.

Then Xanti Xipu caught and bowled talented Josh Newton for 17, putting Miles in to steady the ship.

Bourne 2nds' Xanti Xipu delivers to Spalding 1sts' opener Jon Manton. Xipu took 1 for 36 in 12 overs, including three maidens. Photo by Michael Fysh. SG-100819-036MF
Bourne 2nds' Xanti Xipu delivers to Spalding 1sts' opener Jon Manton. Xipu took 1 for 36 in 12 overs, including three maidens. Photo by Michael Fysh. SG-100819-036MF

He and opener Jon Manton (55) dug in and steered Spalding to a much better standing which was fortunate because Ethan Lawrence, Mohammad Alam and Will Naylor all went for ducks.

Jack Barratt (10) and Matt Gill (8) also went fairly quickly as Spalding managed to eke out a target of 190 in the 45 overs.

However, the league leaders had an off day with the bat as, other than opener Josh Tickler (30), nobody could manage more than 14 runs.

Miles ripped through the middle order and Harry DeCamps took a very decent 3 for 17 in six overs.

Spalding 1st opener Jon Manton on his way to a half century. Photo by Michael Fysh. SG-100819-035MF
Spalding 1st opener Jon Manton on his way to a half century. Photo by Michael Fysh. SG-100819-035MF

Naylor and Barratt also picked up a wicket apiece as Bourne were all out in 36 overs.

Meanwhile, Skegness maintained their title challenge with a comprehensive home win over Long Sutton who had won the toss and elected to field.

Rob Simpson enjoyed a good day with the ball, taking four for 34.

Bourne 2nds suffered their third defeat of the season but are still very much in the title race. Photo by Michael Fysh. SG-100819-041MF
Bourne 2nds suffered their third defeat of the season but are still very much in the title race. Photo by Michael Fysh. SG-100819-041MF

Three of Simpson's victims were those who scored well - opener Reece Brant (38), Tim Hughes (53) and Norman Brackley (37).

The hosts posted 208 for 6 ahead of a miserable reply as openers Luke Barnes and Dan Oldfield were out for a combined score of six, while number three Rav Sangha didn’t troubled the scorer.

Paul Edgeller’s unbeaten 41 provided almost half of the team’s 86 before he ran out of partners as Long Sutton were all out in the 27th over.

In Division One, Moulton Harrox made light work of seeing off Spalding 2nds to record their ninth straight win.

Moulton put the visitors into bat and set about them quickly.

The damage was all done by Louis Greetham with a stunning six wickets for just eight runs and Carl Lamming tidied up the tail with four for 24, leaving Spalding all out for 82.

In reply, Harrox lost Chris Beale (22) and Lewis Martin (7) but unbeaten Mike Kearns Snr (27) and Matt Barnett (18) saw them to 83-2.

Meanwhile, Long Sutton 2nd got their first win of the season to lift themselves off the foot of Division Two.

They made 126 against Billingborough 2nd before bowling them out for 56.

Premier Division P W L Pts

Spalding 1st 17 12 2 262

Bourne 2nd 17 11 3 252

Skegness 1st 16 10 4 231

Woodhall Spa 2nd 18 8 5 219

Freiston L&L 1st 15 8 4 194

Grantham 2nd 17 5 8 173

Long Sutton 1st 16 6 7 168

Boston 2nd 15 5 8 166

Belton Park 1st 18 4 8 161

Sleaford 2nd 17 4 9 154

Billingborough 16 2 10 119

Graves Park 16 3 10 113

Division One P W L Pts

Market Deeping 2nd 14 8 1 214

Moulton Harrox 1st 13 9 1 204

Stamford Town 13 7 4 177

Heckington 15 5 6 149

Spalding 2nd 13 4 4 139

Welby Cavaliers 14 4 6 138

Pinchbeck 13 4 7 118

Boston 3rd 15 2 6 115

Baston 12 3 7 101

Claypole 12 2 6 93

Division Two P W L Pts

Newborough 15 9 1 233

Grantham 3rd 15 8 1 222

Skegness 2nd 15 4 5 169

Billingborough 2nd 14 5 6 160

Uffington 15 4 4 120

Belton Park 2nd 13 3 6 117

Spalding 3rd 13 2 6 105

Long Sutton 2nd 13 1 7 99

Freiston L&L 2nd 13 5 4 96

Sleaford 3rd 13 3 4 74



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