CRICKET: Spalding’s Hussain and Bourne’s Bentley among the century makers

Young Market Deeping 2nd bowler Patrick Brown looks on as Mike Kearns hits a boundary in Saturday's big win.
Young Market Deeping 2nd bowler Patrick Brown looks on as Mike Kearns hits a boundary in Saturday's big win.
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Five centuries were scored in the South Lincolnshire and Border League last weekend as batsmen made runs in the sunshine.

At the top of the Division One table Ansar Hussain made 106 for Spalding to leave his team needing just two points from their final game to clinch the league title.

And at the bottom, Tom Bentley was 100 not out for Bourne, giving his team hope of avoiding relegation.

Spalding and challengers Billingborough both picked up 20 points, Spalding adding to the woes of bottom team Market Deeping 2nd while Billingborough beat Sleaford by ten wickets, Geordie Scott claiming five victims.

Scott now has 865 runs and 39 wickets to his name.

Bourne 2nd’s win came against third-placed Stamford Town who ended their innings 36 runs adrift of their opponents.

Darren Bradbury’s unbeaten 102 ensured that Welby remain undefeated as they continue to dominate Division Two.

Welby’s victory knocked opponents Spalding 2nd’s challenge for second place, a position now held by Stamford Town 2nd who beat Boston 2nd.

Only 11 points separate the bottom three – Cavaliers, Baston and Thomas Cook, all of whom lost.

Baston went down to Moulton Harrox for whom Darren Hibbert bowled 12 overs with nine maidens and took three wickets for just four runs.

The other two centuries came in one Division Three match as Friskney retained their lead at the top following a high scoring game against Burgh & District.

Mitch Griffiths made an unbeaten 126 for Friskney who finished on 305-2, but Richard Underwood replied with 100 as Burgh reached 209 before their final wicket fell.

Boston 3rd moved into second place with a win over Grantham 2nd but Claypole, Timberland, Lindum Academy and Spalding 3rd are all still within striking distance.

The closest game of the day saw Pinchbeck make 177 and Claypole finish just four runs short of this target.

• Market Deeping will finish in the bottom two of the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League.

Dave Gillett made 60 in their total of 181-7 against Hartsholme.

The target was knocked off with the loss of six wickets.

Henry Rush hit 93 for Hartsholme while Bourne’s Conrad Louth made the day’s only century.

His unbeaten 145 off 155 balls included 16 fours and two sixes.

Meanwhile, Haxey won the championship in the penultimate weekend of the season with a slender two-wicket win over Woodhall Spa after Skegness lost their chance of honours, going down by eight wickets to Sleaford.

Results: Louth 200-9 (Hamilton 50), Bracebridge Heath 201-8 (Houston 65); Woodhall Spa 163 (Lovelace 71), Haxey 165-8 (Attenborough 67, O’Brien 6-43); Skegness 134, Sleaford 137-2 (Parks 61no); Market Deeping 181-7 (Gillett 60) Hartsholme 185-6 (Rush 93); Lindum 183-5 (Hornsby 53) Grimsby 167 (Snell 53, Warwick 53, de Silva 5-33); Bourne 284-5 (Louth 145no) Boston 262 (J Cheer 82);