CRICKET: Geordie excels as leaders remain unbeaten

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A MAN of the match display from Geordie Scott helped Billingborough march on at the top of Division One in South Lincs and Border League.

Scott cracked his maiden league 50 en route to making 60 runs and took three wickets in the win over Belton.

The team is now unbeaten in nine matches this season – and 26 overall.

Both openers as normal started brightly. Newman fell for 31 after being excellently run out from deep in the field by Daniel Turner with a direct hit.

Scott continued hitting boundaries in a free flowing 60 off 75 balls before being given LBW.

Martin Lowth and Tom Harrison shared an excellent partnership of 60 for the fourth wicket.

It was a difficult 45 overs with the wet conditions but Billingborough made 211-5 off 45 overs.

And it was Scott who made an early breakthrough when Belton lost the early wicket of Alan Ward with superb line a length bowling from Scott knocking back the pegs.

Stuart Gollop’s spin started to cause problems. He got an excellent caught and bowled and then produced a “Shane Warne-like” delivery, bowling Moore from around his legs.

Gollop finished with 4-21 and Scott 20-3.

Grantham are still in hot pursuit after a five wicket win against Market Deeping. Third placed Moulton Harrox had their game washed out at Lindum Ramblers.

Division Two brought the most exciting game of the day which once again involved Cavaliers.

Batting first at Spalding, the Peterborough side finished on 178-9, Alex Glover with 60 and Heath Ripley taking five wickets for the home side – who ended 177-9.

Leaders Skegness, who have yet to lose a game, beat Welby by three wickets while second placed Sleaford Sunday beat Ropsley.

However, the following day, Sleaford lost the opportunity to close the gap on Skegness when they went down heavily to Spalding 2nd, for whom new signing Barry Stanway took eight wickets to push his team up from eighth to third in the table.

Steve Ryder hit his maiden century – and the only ton of the day – for Claypole in their Division Three victory over leaders Spalding 3rd, which allowed North Luffenham to close the gap with a win over Pinchbeck.

Results: Division One – Market Deeping 141-7 Grantham 143-5; Boston 2nd 197 (Troops 52) Bourne 2nd 134 (Knowles 50, P Deans 9-10); Billingborough 211-5 (Scott 60) Belton Park 94; Stamford 132 Woodhall Spa 137-6 (Wright 65); Lindum Ramblers v Moulton Harrox – abandoned, no play

Division Two – Heckington 92 (Kelly 5-27) Boston 3rd 94-4; Stamford 2nd 139 (Williams 79) Thomas Cook 140-6; Sleaford Sunday 229-3 (Miller 69, Godby 76) Ropsley 104; Cavaliers 178-9 (Glover 60, Ripley 5-33) Spalding 2nd 177-9; Welby 141 (Meadows 54) Skegness 143-7; Sleaford Sunday 54 (Stanway 8-29) Spalding 2nd 55-5;

Division Three – Burgh & District 88 Blankney 89-3; Claypole 218-9 (Ryder 113) Spalding 145; North Luffenham 161-6 (Wills 75no) Pinchbeck 89-7; Timberland 139 (Stephenson 6-32) Grantham 2nd 140-3

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Boston went third above Deeping after picking up 17 points at Bourne.

Batting first, Boston ended 227-8, of which Matt Ward hit 80 and Bourne were then restricted to 123-8 at the close.

Results: Sleaford 300-5 (Shorthouse 68, Sneath 96, Hollingworth 74no) Skegness 176-6 (Wilson 59); Boston 227-8 (Ward 80) Bourne 123-8; Grimsby 202 (Warwick 62), Woodhall Spa 186 (Stone 60); Bracebridge Heath 27-2 v Hartsholme - abandoned; Lindum 78-2 v Market Deeping – abandoned; Louth v Nettleham – no play.