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CRICKET: Match tied for the top two

Long Sutton bowler Barry Stanway
Long Sutton bowler Barry Stanway

The top-of-the-table clash saw Spalding bowled out for 176 – and challengers Woodhall Spa 2nd dismissed for exactly the same score.

Matt Haslam collected five wickets and Sam Cherry hit 55 for Woodhall.

But they stay 10 points behind Spalding who have a game in hand.

This followed Warren Nel’s club record innings of 161 not out for Spalding against Sleaford 2nd last week.

He beat James Hook’s 160 in the Rutland League against Moulton Harrox.

Spalding scorer Alan ‘Lefty’ Wright said: “It was the best batting seen by myself for 20 years in local cricket.”

Will Naylor
Will Naylor

Long Sutton and Billingborough also fought out a close game on Saturday with the home side falling just eight runs short.

Long Sutton v Billingborough
Long Sutton v Billingborough

Courtney Kruger hit an unbeaten 202 for Bourne 2nd in a total of 394-6. Welby Cavaliers were then bowled out for 127.

Belton Park lead Division One by 13 points after victory over Heckington but challengers Graves Park - who beat Market Deeping 2nd - have a game in hand.

Moulton Harrox kept up their challenge after Louis Greethan and Lance Bettinson each hit 76 of their side’s total of 260-2 before restricting Claypole to 166-9.

Division Two’s bottom side Uffington inflicted the first defeat of the season on leaders Pinchbeck. Ivan Wilson took six wickets.

Premier Division

Bourne 394-6 (Kruger 202no, Bentley 72, Keast 50), Welby Cavaliers 127; Spalding 176 (Haslam 5-31), Woodhall Spa 2nd 176 (Cherry 55); Billingborough 178, Long Sutton 170; Freiston 115, Boston 2nd 118-4; Grantham 2nd 157-9 (Mudie 64), Skegness 159-2 (Brant 55no); Stamford 139, Sleaford 2nd 140-4 (Godby 65no).

Division One

Graves Park 210 (Maskell 70, Lowndes 5-47), Market Deeping 103; Moulton Harrox 260-2 (Greetham 76, Bettinson 76no), Claypole 166-9 (Revill 54); Spalding 2nd 151-8 (Alam 59), Timberland 131 (Blankley 56); Belton Park 184-8, Heckington 48.

Division Two

Uffington 200-4 (Jones 64no), Pinchbeck 115 (Wilson 6-13); Grantham 3rd 139 (Morris 5-44) Long Sutton 2nd 98; Billingborough 2nd 66 (Appleyard 5-27, Horton 5-29); Freiston 2nd 67-1.

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