CRICKET: Missed opportunity for Spalding
Just one point separates Skegness and Spalding at the top of the Premier Division after a rain-disrupted weekend.
Skegness’ fixture was stopped in the second innings with Grantham 2nd 67-4, chasing 176.
But Spalding failed to capitalise, going down to Woodhall Spa 2nd by five wickets after being bowled out for 126.
The best bowling performance came from Rob Bentley of Bourne 2nd with 8-19 against Welby who were bowled out for 52.
Billingborough recorded their second successive win, notching up 228-8 against Long Sutton whose reply had reached 164-8 when the overs ran out.
Market Deeping 2nd lead Division One after beating Moulton Harrox.
Richard Witt made 83 and Mathew Rose added 55 in Deeping’s score of 200-3 before Moulton were bowled out for 78.
In the only other game completed in that division, Belton Park beat Spalding 2nd by seven wickets to stay third in the table behind Baston whose match against Heckington was also rained off.
Uffington claimed their first win since joining the league in a tight game against Spalding 3rd in Division Two.
Uffington finished on 224-9 before Spalding batted their way to 207-9 with Carl Andrews making 92.
Welby 52 (R Bentley 8-19), Bourne 2nd 53-0; Spalding 126 (Miles 53), Woodhall Spa 2nd127-5; Sleaford 153 (Puri 52), Stamford 123; Billingborough 228-8, Long Sutton 164-8 (Barnes 51); Skegness 176 (Hughes 61), Grantham 2nd 67-4 – rain stopped play; Freiston v Boston 2nd – cancelled.
Spalding 2nd 101, Belton Park 102-3; Market Deeping 2nd 200-3 (Witt 83, Rose 55), Moulton Harrox 78; Heckington 76-6 v Baston – match abandoned; Claypole v Skegness 2nd – cancelled.
Grantham 3rd 282-3 (Langsford 82, Donellan 77, Kennedy-Short 57no), Billingborough 2nd86 (Corby 6-19); Uffington 224-9, Spalding 3rd 207-9 (Andrews 92); Sleaford 3rd 45, Freiston 2nd 46-1; Boston 3rd 111-9. Belton Park 2nd 80-6 – match abandoned.
Long Sutton 2nd v Graves Park – match abandoned.