CRICKET: Big win for Spalding on derby day
Spalding took the honours against Long Sutton thanks to tight bowling.
The defending champions posted 244-8 off 45 overs after being put into bat at the Grammar School on Saturday.
Joe Broomfield (35) and Jon Manton (30) got Spalding off to a solid start.
Captain Jonathan Miles added 43 and former skipper Rob Ambrose led the way with 55.
Adam Whitaker produced figures of 4-36 but Long Sutton conceded a half-century of extras then Spalding’s bowlers sealed victory.
Long Sutton were restricted to 132-4 in reply as everyone reached double figures without being able to push on.
Spalding made it four successive wins at the top of the table while Long Sutton suffered their first defeat of the summer.
Elsewhere in the Premier Division, there was a four-wicket win for second-placed Bourne 2nd at home to Grantham 2nd.
Graves Park were thrashed by 169 runs at Boston 2nd.
Newly-promoted Pinchbeck celebrated their first win in Division One in the other game played at Spalding Grammar School.
They won by eight wickets after Heckington were dismissed for 104 in the 36th over.
Andrew Beeston and Lee Eyett bagged four wickets apiece. Eyett finished the job with an unbeaten 40.
Premier Division: Belton Park v Billingborough abandoned; Grantham 2nd 180-5, Bourne 2nd 181-6 (44.4 overs); Freiston L&L 192 all out (44.5 overs), Sleaford 2nd 123 all out (30.2 overs); Skegness 184-7 (45 overs), Woodhall Spa 2nd 187-6 (38.4 overs).
Fixtures (1pm start): Billingborough v Bourne 2nd, Grantham 2nd v Freiston L&L, Graves Park v Sleaford 2nd, Long Sutton v Woodhall Spa 2nd, Skegness v Belton Park, Spalding v Boston 2nd.
Division One: Spalding 2nd 222-8 (45 overs), Boston 3rd 103-8 (34 overs) - abandoned; Claypole 108 all out (35.5 overs), Stamford 87 all out (34.3 overs).
Fixtures (1pm start): Heckington v Boston 3rd, Market Deeping 2nd v Spalding 2nd, Moulton Harrox v Claypole, Welby Cavaliers v Pinchbeck.
Division Two: Grantham 3rd 154 all out (43 overs), Billingborough 2nd 129 all out (45 overs); Uffington 217-2 (45 overs), Long Sutton 2nd 143 all out (44.1 overs); Sleaford 3rd 62 all out (29.1 overs), Newborough 2nd 66-4 (23.2 overs); Skegness 2nd v Spalding 3rd abandoned.
Fixtures (1pm start): Belton Park 2nd v Newborough 2nd, Grantham 3rd v Skegness 2nd, Spalding 3rd v Billingborough 2nd, Uffington v Freiston L&L 2nd.