CRICKET: Sutton ‘Cooking’ on gas as they open up 33-point lead

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Relentess Long Sutton stretched their South Lincs and Border League Division One lead to 33 points with an impressive win on Saturday.

Adam Wright’s 52 and a defiant 21 not out from skipper Matt Bull helped the table-toppers chase down their target of 165 with three wickets to spare.

PUTTING THE BOOT IN: A chaotic scene from Spalding 2nd's won over Billingborough 2nd on Saturday. Photo by NIKKI GRIFFIN

PUTTING THE BOOT IN: A chaotic scene from Spalding 2nd's won over Billingborough 2nd on Saturday. Photo by NIKKI GRIFFIN

Hosts Thomas Cook had earlier posted 164-8, with James Wright taking 4-56 and Ian Morris recording fine figures of 2-16 from 12 overs.

James Wright also contributed 26 in Sutton’s successful run chase, as they crossed the finishing line in 37 overs. And while they were posting an eighth win of the campaign, second-placed Baston suffered a heavy loss against fellow high fliers Friskney.

Batting first, away side Friskney made a commanding 232-8 as Rod Grant top scored with 51.

Adam Hilless (27), who took four wickets, then led the way with the bat – but Baston were knocked over for 130 at The Shrine.

Also in Division One, Spalding 2nd won a cracking derby against Billingborough 2nd by 16 runs.

The in-form Chris Klompas smashed 62 for Town at the Memorial Field, but Matt Cox’s 6-42 ensured that the hosts were all out for 190.

Boro, led by a 65 from Stanley, batted well in reply before Lee Eyett (4-30) wrapped up their innings.

At the wrong end of the table, Moulton Harrox 2nd picked up only their second win of the season against Boston 2nd. They made 155, before skittling visitors Boston out for 110.

In the Premier Division, Billingborough moved to within four points of leaders Stamford with a crushing win over Lindum 2nd.

Luke Hollingworth took his run tally for the season past 300 as he made 68 of Boro’s 199-7 before Roy Tilley’s 3-32 helped blow the Lincoln side away for 102.

Bourne 2nd, meanwhile, were on blistering form with the bat again. Jonny Murdoch (83) and Matt Creaney (81) shone in their massive tally of 257-6 against Welby, who could only muster 120 in reply.

Down in Division Two, table-topping Long Sutton 2nd lost their crunch clash with second-placed Cavaliers.

Ben Shore’s super 60 helped them post just 101 batting first – and that looked like being enough when James Baker (5-26) and Gary Burton (3-37) set about ripping through the home order.

But the last wicket pairing of Mark Dale (10no) and David Johnson (1no) got Cavaliers over the line and close the gap at the top to 14 points.

Spalding 3rd were on winning form against Grantham 2nd to keep their promotion hopes alive.

Joe Lyon took 4-22 to limit the home side to 154-9, although they had opener Adam Shaw (70) to thank for a respectable tally.

Town’s youthful team made light work of their task though, with Sam Young (41no) and Will Holmes (35) seeing them to 157-4.

It was another tough day for Pinchbeck, though. They suffered a 180-run beating against Freiston, for who Zeeshan Saeed made 105 not out in a total of 240-7.

Pinchbeck were then blown away for just 60 and find themselves in the bottom four.