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.
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.
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.
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.
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 17 122 262
Bourne 2nd 17 113 252
Skegness 1st 16 104 231
Woodhall Spa 2nd 1885 219
Freiston L&L 1st 1584 194
Grantham 2nd 1758 173
Long Sutton 1st 1667 168
Boston 2nd 1558 166
Belton Park 1st 1848 161
Sleaford 2nd 1749 154
Billingborough 162 10 119
Graves Park 163 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 2 693
Division Two P W L Pts
Newborough 15 9 1 233
Grantham3rd 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 1 799
Freiston L&L 2nd 13 5 496
Sleaford 3rd 13 3 474
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