BRILLIANT Billingborough ended Spalding Town’s unbeaten start to the South Lincs and Border League Division One season with a flawless 20-point haul on Saturday.
In what was one of the most anticipated games at Spalding Grammar School in recent history, Dave Newman’s superbly-made 58 helped Boro rack up maximum bowling points with 208-8.
League leaders Town failed to get anywhere near the tally, with Geordie Scott, Dave Gollop and Steve Scott taking three wickets apiece to bowl them out for just 112.
The win moves third-placed Boro to within 17 points of top spot, with a game in hand.
Spalding skipper Rob Ambrose reckoned his side “bottled” the big match, but can take some comfort from the fact his side remain top of the pile – for now at least.
He said: “I was really disappointed with how we played. I thought we bottled it a bit.
“They got at us and our lads didn’t like it, but I’m afraid you have to take it when you play Billingborough – they’re a horrible bunch to play against. But they are very good at what they do.”
At the wrong end of the top flight, Market Deeping 2nd and still looking for their first win. They did bowl out high-flying Lindum Ramblers for 160, with Nick Andrews taking 4-31.
But a fine haul of 5-12 from John Farrell decimated Deeping’s reply, as they slumped to 125 all out.
In Division Two, Stuart Gollop took an incredible hat-trick as his Billingborough 2nd side beat high-flying Boston 2nd by six wickets.
But basement boys Baston were beaten again, as Thomas Cook passed their 106 with four wickets to spare.
Welby went top of the second tier with a five-wicket success at Moulton Harrox 2nd on Sunday. Joe Broomfield (36) top scored for Harrox.
Down in Division Three, Spalding 3rd took the bragging rights against Pinchbeck.
With Pinchbeck only managing 108-8 batting first, Jake Morton’s unbeaten 55 saw Town home with eight wickets to spare.
• BOURNE held up high-flying Bracebridge Heath in the Lincs ECB Premier Division on Saturday as they battled to a losing draw.
Hymie Bentley hit 67 as third-placed Bracebridge made 238-7 batting first at the Abbey Lawn, sharing a second-wicket stand of 92 with Brett Houston (47).
Bourne reached 121-3 in reply, but that quickly became 124-6 as the middle order collapsed dramatically.
Club legend David Christmas (35) and Jack Berry added a vital 54 partnership to steady the ship – and at the close Berry was unbeaten on 48 as Bourne hung on to their last two wickets to claim an extra three points, finishing up on 210-8.
Market Deeping’s game at Louth was off due to a waterlogged pitch.
• All tables and results on page 59, with full reports and reaction in Thursday’s Spalding Guardian.