CRICKET: Stylish finish to title-winning season

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Having already won the title for the third time in four years, Billingborough’s last game of the South Lincs and Border League Division One season was against rivals Sleaford, who were no match for the 2011 champions.

On a hard batting track, Sleaford won the toss and batted, but only managed a poor 146-9 off their 45 overs.

Rob Noble, batting way down the order at nine, was clearly their best player. He top-scored with 41 not out, helped out by Ian Shorthouse, batting ten who hit 33.

Boro, without Dan Duke, opened the bowling with Tilley and Geordie Scott. It wasn’t long before Burrows was trapped LBW by Tilley, soon followed by Harrop who was cleaned up by Scott.

After a long drive from down south Sleaford’s James Smith came to crease, but didn’t stay long before getting caught behind off the bowling of Scott for a disappointing one.

The Sleaford middle order collapsed with James Rickett lasting two balls, trapped LBW by Tilley who claimed yet another five-wicket haul, finishing with figures of 12-4-28-5 and a season’s tally of 46 wickets.

Scottt claimed three wickets and also finished the season on 46, along with Dan Duke.

Billingborough started the chase of 147 quickly, Newman taking charge hitting Goddard out of the ground in the second over.

This was followed by some aggressive hitting before mistiming one too many and getting caught by Burrows for 29.

Steve Scott came to the crease and entertained, smashing Ricketts for 28 runs in two overs and a superb 40 off just 18 balls before getting bowled by Burrows.

Geordie Scott and Harrison continued to make inroads into the Sleaford bowling attack. Scott fell for 31 before Harrison finished the game with a well made 24 not out.

The game was won inside 30 overs giving boro their 19th win of the season and a league win by a huge 45 points.

• Sleaford CC did get a victory against Billingborough on Sunday. Sleaford 2nd defended 175 in a rain-affected match in Division Two.