CRICKET: Bourne and Spalding still battling it out at the top
Bourne 2nds and Spalding remain neck and neck at the top of South Lincs & Border League's premier division, with Woodhall Spa breathing down their necks.
On Saturday, Bourne comfortably saw off Sleaford 2nds at Abbey Lawn while Spalding breezed past Billingborough at Spalding Grammar School. Spa kept in contention by beating Freiston.
Bourne were asked to bat against Sleaford and, after an early scare when Jon Howard was clean bowled for just one, they knocked off 211-6 from their 45 overs, runs coming from James Tickler (38), Ben Stroud (39), Richard Hewitt (68) and Ben Woodward 30 not out.
In reply, Bourne ripped through the Sleaford top order and the visitors soon found themselves floundering at 31-6. Daniel Hutson showed some resistance with an unbeaten 45 but Sleaford were bowled out for 139.
Pick of the bowlers was Adam Hilless with 3-24, Ben Stroud took 3-30, and there was a wicket each for Ben Woodward, Richard Hewitt and Henry Brewster.
Spalding were put into bat against Billingborough and were not particularly convincing in scoring 142 all out in 44.2 overs. Among the runs were Josh Newton (12), Joseph Broomfield (30), Jonathan Miles (31), Ethan Lawrence (10) and Harry DeCamps (21).
Pick of the Billingborough bowlers was Stuart Gollop with 5-27 off 12, Aaron Pullum took 3-39 and there was a wicket each for Jed Humphries and Richard Wells.
In reply, Billingborough totally collapsed and never looked like making a game of it. Only two batsmen (Pullum 41 and Paul Goodwin 14) reached double figures as William Naylor tore through their attack.
Naylor recorded figures of 6-36 from eight overs, DeCamps 2-11 and there were wickets for Julian Wilson and Joseph Broomfield as the visitors finished at 90 all out.
Long Sutton remain in mid-table after a defeat at Boston 2nds. Sutton batted first and were all out for a disappointing 105 off 22.3 overs, before Boston knocked off the winning runs with 16.3 overs and nine wickets to spare.
In division one Moulton Harrox remain on course for a promotion push after a victory at Boston 3rds. Harrox won the toss and elected to field, which proved a good decision as the home side struggled to 119-8 off their 45 overs. Louis Greetham took 3-18, Jack Barnett 3-25 and Carl Lamming 2-34.
Opener Chris Beale guided Harrox to victory with an unbeaten 52, Barnett also scoring 28 as the visitors won by five wickets with 12.4 overs remaining.
Spalding 2nds are now in the promotion places after victory at Welby Cavaliers. Spalding batted first and recorded 177-9 off their 45 overs before dismissing the home side for just 58.
Jamie Juckes (16), Paul Foreman (32), Jay White (20), Jack Sawyer (30) and Matt Mitchell (37) were Spalding's major run getters, while Neo Timothy was top bowler with 3-2 off four. There were two wickets each for Jamie Juckes, Paul Foreman and Tim Bosco.
In division two Billingborough 2nds beat Skegness, Long Sutton 2nds were defeated by Grantham 3rds and Spalding 3rds lost at Newborough 2nds.
Billingborough won the toss and asked Skegness to bat, which was a good decision, with the seaside team bowled out for 95 in 33 overs. Billingborough knocked off the needed runs with seven wickets and 11 overs remaining.
Grantham elected to bat at Long Sutton and hit an impressive 271-8 from their 45 overs. In reply, Sutton managed just 134 all out from 34.4 overs as they slipped to third from bottom.
It was also a bad day for Spalding 3rds. Paul Richardson hit 102 for home side Newborough, who had elected to bat. They posted a total of 230-6 off a rain reduced 35 overs, with Amelia Gardner and Michael Morris taking two wickets each. There was a wicket each for William Gardner and Tom Decamps.
In reply, Spalding 3rds were all out for 77, the only scores of any significance coming fromNigel Gardner (13), Lewis Collishaw (10), Morris (10) and Eddie Seymour (14).