DAN Duke’s devastating display of bowling blew Moulton Harrox away on Saturday – and left Billingborough firmly in command at the top of South Lincs and Border League Division One.
The ace took 7-42 – career best figures at the club – as Harrox were dismissed for just 100 on home turf, with only Jack Barnett (40) making a worthwhile contribution.
Billingborough cruised home in 28 overs with nine wickets to spare, as Dave Newman (59no) and Ben Smith (21no) made hay.
They are now a hefty 41 points clear at the top after taking the 20-point haul.
However, Harrox fall below Spalding in the top flight after Town earned a fine win over Lindum 2nd.
Jamie Juckes (3-39) and Mike Kearns Jnr (3-34) starred with the ball as the Lincoln side made 157 batting first.
Town’s reply got off to a sloppy start, but an inspirational 48 from skipper Simon Juckes helped them over the line with four wickets in hand.
The win moves Spalding’s top side up to sixth place – and they are new closing on the sides above.
At the other end of the table, Market Deeping 2nd and Bourne 2nd were both beaten.
Basement boys Bourne made 141-7 against second-placed Stamford Town, but an unbeaten 53 from Tom Williams helped the high-fliers to an eight-wicket triumph.
Deeping slipped back into the bottom two following an eight-wicket defeat against Belton Park.
They were bowled out for 147 in 43 overs – which was knocked off for the loss of just two wickets.
Meanwhile, Spalding 2nd were handed a shock reverse by bottom of the pile Ropsley in Division Two.
Andrew Jones hit 89 as the strugglers chased down Town’s 171-5 with six men still in the hutch.
Spalding stay in fourth despite the defeat, but are now 45 points behind leaders Skegness 2nd – who were also beaten.
In Division Three, Pinchbeck notched up their second win of the season as they cruised past bottom side Burgh and District.
Paul Boekestyn (5-20) did most of the damage with the ball as the strugglers were skittled out for just 88 batting first.
Despite losing two early wickets, Richard Riley (31no) and James Brown (39no) fired Pinchbeck to an eight-wicket win.
Elsewhere, Moulton Harrox Sunday moved into second, having caught up their game in hand over Spalding 3rd, who were without a game.
Pierce Scourfield (57) was again among the runs with a half-century as Harrox closed their innings on 196-7 against Timberlands.
That was always too much for their opponents, who fell exactly 100 runs shy of the Moulton score.
• See Thursday’s Spalding Guardian for cricket reports, reaction and tables.