CRICKET: Champions are record breakers

Record breaking Rutvik Botadra.
Record breaking Rutvik Botadra.
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Champions Billingborough broke yet more records in their final game of the season as they achieved a club and league record of over 400 points.

And bowling sensation Rutvik Botadra took the wickets he needed to also set a league and club record.

It was also the end of an era for Paul Goodwin, who was stepping down as captain.

Boro were asked to bat and Dave Newman took a back seat as Andy Scott whacked the ball all over the ground, reaching his third consecutive 50 within 10 overs.

Soon the partnership raced to 100 and Newman brought up his 50 while Scott raced away to his first club and league century.

He was out next ball, which ended a season’s best 170-run opening stand.

Steve Scott came in and continued where his brother left off, scoring 60 off as many balls, and Newman finally reached his second ton of the season in the 38th over before getting caught on the boundary for 107. In the process he passed 800 runs for the season. Billingborough finished the innings on a huge 290-7 of 45 overs.

It was all about Botadra as Billingborough took the field and it wasn’t long before the league bowling record was levelled as he took out Wing LBW.

Parmley soon followed with an outstanding athletic catch from Steve Scott in the slips, off Dave Gollop.

Botadra claimed his 60th victim and the league record when he bowled Matthew Wing for 5 and went on to take another five-wicket haul. That meant a total of 63 league wickets and a club record of 89 wickets in all competitions.

Boro’s Roy Tilley , who finished the match on 2-30, was third in the league standings with 51 wickets.

Dave Gollop also continued his wicket haul, claiming another two to take his tally for the season to 30.

Grantham were finally all out for 140, Billingborough’s 20th victory in a season where they lost only once and amassed 407 points, 56 clear from second place Bourne.

With Lincolnshire County ECB Premier League promotion in 2014, the club are now seeking new sponsorship.