Moulton Harrox 1st (248-9) beat Market Deeping 2nd (103) by 145 runs: HARROX didn’t leave anything to chance on Saturday as they crushed Deeping to move up to third in the South Lincs and Border League table.
Just a week after their tense win over Sleaford, a dominant showing from Moulton’s opening duo got them off to a flying start at Outgang Road.
Jack Barnett and Ian Smith were in blistering form with both scoring an excellent 72.
Barnett compiled his eighth half century of the season with an assured and measured touch, while Smith’s more flamboyant style resulted in some devastating shots, including two massive sixes.
More modest contributions were made by the rest of the team, most notably by Karl Hibbert (24), but they were consistent enough to ensure an intimidating total of 248-9 was amassed.
Nick Andrews (3-34) was the pick of the Deeping bowlers, but his side were really up against it.
Needing to climb a mountain to get back into the game, Deeping made a nightmare start to their reply.
Two balls into their innings Nigel Eveleigh sent down a delivery that jagged back to knock back Andrews’ middle stump.
Ten overs later, Eveleigh (3-26) and Smith (3-24) had ensured all of Deeping’s top order were back in the pavilion.
The hosts’ lower order did show some fighting spirit with Ryan Barnborough (21) and Matt Rose (34) showing some good form, but Moulton’s bowling was effective.
Promising 15-year-old Max Cusack took no wickets, but his six overs went for just 13 runs.
This and accomplished fielding, exemplified by John Fisher’s willingness to take a blow to his leg from a full blooded drive and by Harry Barnett’s athletic running catch off the bowling of cousin Jack Barnett (1-20), meant that Moulton were victorious with 12 overs still to go.
Billingborough 1st (228-8) beat Spalding 1st (214) by 14 runs
G Scott b Jack Barratt 41
D Newman c unknown b Hussain 94
B Smith not out 56
S ScottLBW b Hussain 0
R Simpkins LBW b Clarke 8
D Duke b Hussain 1
T Harrison b Whitworth 10
M Lowth c Hendry b Whitworth 4
P Goodwin run out 5
R Tilley not out 1
Extras (1b, 3lb, 3w, 1nb) 8
Total (for 8 wickets, 45 overs) 228
• Bowling: Kearns 7-0-38-0; J Juckes 6-0-37-0; Barratt 10-1-38-1; Hussain 12-1-45-3; Clarke 6-0-40-1; Whitworth 4-0-26-2.
M Kearns snr c Lowth b Tilley 8
M Hendry b Newman 49
S Juckes c G Scott b Duke 0
R Ambrose LBW b Tilley 33
A Hussain c G Scott b S Scott 25
M Kearns jnr c Goodwin b S Scott 19
B Westlake c Goodwin b G Scott 2
J Juckes c Duke b Newman 40
L Whitworth c S Scott b G Scott 16
J Barratt run out 0
J Clarke not out 1
Extras (12lb, 9w) 21
Total (all out, 44.2 overs) 214
• Bowling: Duke 7-1-21-1; Tilley 12-0-46-2; S Scott 12-0-61-2; G Scott 10-0-59-2; Newman 3.2-0-15-2.
Spalding 2nd 158 beat Cavaliers 152 by 6 runs
HEATH Ripley struck twice in his final over to guide Spalding to a narrow win at Cavaliers on Saturday.
Batting first Town made a strong start with Tom Dale (56) and Mick East (29) making a steady start before the former fell caught and bowled to Steve Taylor (1-23).
Jon East (0) then became the first victim of spinner Jamie Hayes (5-29), who was pick of attack, clean bowling him with a turning delivery.
Hayes then bowled Mick East as he wreaked havoc with the middle order, also picking up the wicket of Lee Eyett (12).
Dave Endersbee made 14 before being caught by Mark Dale off young seamer Tom Wilkin (2-29) and Chris Crane (0) followed, caught at mid-on by Dave Kennedy off Wilkin.
Chris Thompson (3) and Jack Beavis (0) completed Hayes’ five wicket haul with Dav Naghen (24) providing tough resistance at the other end.
Further down the order Heath Ripley went for an aggressive 9 when he was caught by Wilkin off Kennedy (1-38) as Spalding finished on 158.
Knowing they had to strike early, Carl Lamming broke the crucial opening stand for Town as he picked up Dave Kennedy for 31.
Pick of the bowlers Lee Eyett (4-56) then got in on the act as Mark Dale (1) went in similar fashion.
With opener David Johnson having to retire hurt, Eyett destroyed the middle order with the wickets of Alex Glover (10), Michael Barnes (0) and Mohammed Jazeem (14).
However, Taylor’s aggressive 57 brought the hosts right back into the game as wickets fell around him – Tom Dale’s (2-11) return to bowling bearing fruits with the wickets of Geoff Church (0) and Taylor himself.
Wilkin (14 not out) and Jamie Hayes (9) brought the home side to within striking distance of the target, but Ripley kept cool under pressure to bowl Hayes and then take the off stump of opener Johnson, who came back out for the last wicket.
Spalding’s third win of the season keeps them safe in mid-table.
Timberlands (157-7) lost to Spalding 3rd (158-8) by two wickets
R Tonge c Parker b R Dale 50
I Mickleburgh c Nottingham b Bright 12
A Gilbert b Bright 5
A King LBW b Bristow 9
S Freeman b R Dale 10
P Durward LBW b Gilbert 23
D Blankley not out 33
L Hare b Bright 6
M Marritt not out 1
Extras (6b) 6
Total (for 7 wickets, 45 overs) 157
• Bowling: Green 12-6-25-0; Bright 12-2-32-3; Bristow 5-0-29-1; R Dale 10-1-48-2; Gilbert 6-0-17-1.
T Bristow b Carter 30
A Rex LBW b Durward 75
K Nottingham c Tonge b Carter 12
J Bennett b Hare 11
S Parker c Freeman b Hare 2
J Morton c Carter b Durward 10
C Green c King b Durward 0
R Dale b Durward 0
A Bright not out 4
R Gilbert not out 2
Extras (2b, 8w, 2nb) 12
Total (for 8 wickets, 34 overs) 158
• Bowling: Gilbert 3-0-30-0; King 10-2-32-0; Carter 8-0-43-2; Hare 6-1-26-2; Freeman 3-0-20-0; Durward 3-2-4-4; Blankley 1-0-2-0.