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CRICKET: Spalding stay in touch

Baston v Spalding 2nd
Baston v Spalding 2nd

The status quo was maintained at the top of the Premier Division as Skegness and Spalding finished with 20 points, as did Sleaford 2nd who stay third.

Three players - Josh Newton (68), Jon Manton (64) and Warren Nel (63) - made half-centuries in Spalding’s innings at home to Freiston.

The highest scoring game of the day was at Long Sutton who made 262-6 with Barry Stanway hitting an unbeaten 64. In reply Bourne 2nd finished on 211, Jon Howard with 74 and Dan Oldfield taking 7-12.

Lower down the table, newly-promoted Welby Cavaliers are still looking for a win in the top flight after going down by six wickets to a resurgent Billingborough.

Market Deeping stay top of Division One after beating Heckington by six wickets and Baston’s challenge for honours continued when Adam Hilless took 5-23 to help bowl Spalding 2nd out for 53, a total Baston overtook for the loss of two wickets.

The closest game in the division came at Moulton Harrox who were bowled out for 130, only for Claypole to get 123.

Just nine points separate the top five teams in Division Two with Boston 3rd leading the way after victory over third-placed Spalding 3rd.

Premier Division

Spalding 241-4 (J Manton 64, Nel 63, Newton 68), Freiston 106; Boston 2nd 143 (B Troops 67), Sleaford 2nd 144-6 (Godby 54); Woodhall Spa 2nd 214-8, Grantham 2nd 128-9 (Mudie 52); Welby Cavaliers 131, Billingborough 132-4; Long Sutton 262-6 (Stanway 64no), Bourne 2nd 211 (Howard 74, Oldfield 7-12); Stamford Town 19 (Hughes 5-2), Skegness 20-0.

Division One

Spalding 2nd 53 (Hilless 5-23), Baston 54-2; Heckington 151-8, Market Deeping 2nd 155-3 (Bainborough 85no); Graves Park 333-6 (Ashton 146, Gilbert 76), Timberland 65; Skegness 2nd 63, Belton Park 64-0; Moulton Harrox 130 (Lyon 5-29), Claypole 123.

Division Two

Boston 3rd 252-6 (Newton 65), Spalding 3rd 109; Long Sutton 2nd 128, Belton Park 2nd 77; Uffington 98 (Cunningham 50, Pilgrim 5-9), Billingborough 2nd 100-4; Sleaford 3rd conceded to Pinchbeck.

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