A VIRTUOSO display from Ansar Hussain guided Spalding to a much-needed win over Bourne 2nd on Saturday.
The all-rounder slammed an unbeaten 89 and took 4-36 as Town prevailed by just 16 runs in the South Lincs and Border League Division One clash at Spalding Grammar School – making it seven defeats on the bounce for Bourne.
Hussain, who was the only member of his team to make a decent score, hit 11 fours and a six as the hosts managed just 172-8 batting first. That was largely down to Matt Pottle, who took fine figures of 5-29.
Bourne opener Mark Richardson (49) got his side off to a cracking start, but became one of Hussain’s four victims.
Jack Barratt (3-34) also chipped in to remove two of Bourne’s top three as Spalding secured a third win of the season.
Elsewhere, Moulton Harrox lost a thriller with Sleaford 2nd.
Jack Barnett’s 61 was the mainstay of Moulton’s 156-9, while Sleaford struggled in their reply.
Harry Barnett took 3-10 as Sleaford entered the final over with one wicket remaining, but they edged over the line.
Market Deeping 2nd were also beaten in a hard-fought match at Stamford.
Nick Andrews (39) top scored as Deeping posted 185-7, but Andrew Hulme’s unbeaten 89 helped the hosts home by five wickets.
In Division Two, Spalding 2nd excelled with the bat as they made 258-9 against Heckington.
Jon East smacked 11 fours and a six for a fine 88, while Lee Eyett found the rope 14 times in his super 71.
Carl Lamming (3-32), Jack Beavis (2-10) and Alex Lyon (2-26) then did their bit with the ball to dismiss Heckington for 112 in 31.2 overs as Town bagged a second win of the season.
Down in Division Three, Pinchbeck finally got their campaign up and running.
After four defeats on the bounce, they saw off Baston by three wickets at The Shrine.
Ant Morris (74) helped hosts Baston set a score of 172-9 batting first, with Sanj Tott (3-34) staring for Pinchbeck.
In reply, Sam Smith’s super innings was the catalyst for a change in fortune for the league new boys.
He hit 16 fours en route to a terrific 90, before Andrew Beeston (34no) finished the job.
At the other end of the table, Spalding 3rd stay top after a five-wicket success over Blankney.
Chris Green’s 4-19 helped bowl the away side out for 127 at Memorial Field, before Kev Nottingham (37) and Ash Rex (26) helped Town home.
Third-placed Moulton Harrox Sunday were also on winning form at Timberlands.
Jack Cusack hit 61 in Harox’s 176 and C Todd took 6-36 to bowl the hosts out for 138.
• Results: Division One – Billingborough 218 (Deans 6-51), Boston 2nd 92 (Tilley 5-38); Lindum Ramblers 258 (Wright 79, Haslam 5-53), Woodhall Spa 2nd 98; Market Deeping 2nd 185-7, Stamford 189-5 (Hulme 82no); Spalding 172-8 (Hussain 89no, Pottle 5-29), Bourne 2nd 156-9; Moulton Harrox 156-9 (Barnett 61), Sleaford 2nd 157-9.
Division Two – Billingborough 2nd 79 (Miles 5-17), Ropsley 80-5; Thomas Cook 229-8 (Manohar 60), Boston 3rd 160; Welby 190-9, Cavaliers 166-8; Spalding 2nd 258-9 (East 88, Eyett 71, Braithwaite 5-57); Heckington 112; Stamford 2nd 137 (Williams 50), Skegness 2nd 138-0 (Ainsworth 70no, O’Dare 59no); Heckington 174 (Ellliott 77), Sleaford Sunday 138 (Braithwaite 6-30).
Division Three – Baston 172-9 (Morris 74no), Pinchbeck 173-7 (Smith 90); Claypole 228-6 (Ryder 69), North Luffenham 229-4 (Brew 73no, Binley 84); Blankney 127, Spalding 3rd 131-5; Grantham 2nd 277-3 (Ashley 150no), Burgh & District 109; Moulton Harrox Sunday 176 (Cusack 61), Timberland 138 (Durward 50, Todd 6-36).