Long Sutton 1st (225-9) beat Baston (92) by 133 runs: Sutton moved to within just five points of a deserved Division One title after the demolition of third-placed Baston at Paradise Field on Saturday.
A 17th win from 20 games put the long-term leaders on the brink of a return to the South Lincs and Border League’s Premier Division.
Sutton, who are 36 points clear of Stamford 2nd, are now hot favourites to complete the job at mid-table Thomas Cook this Saturday (1pm).
Visitors Baston elected to field first on a flat wicket, which didn’t look like it was going to change much.
Initially it looked to be a good decision, as Jimmy Wright (9) and Adam Wright (5) both fell before Sutton had reached 20. However, a fruitful stand between in-form duo Phil Barnes and Paul Edgeller propelled the home side towards a large total.
Edgeller (69) eventually fell, before a brief cameo from John Sullivan (13) continued the momentum. A flurry of wickets followed, but the defiant Barnes was aided by a whirlwind knock from skipper Matt Bull (25) as they regained the impetus.
Opener Barnes (78) did eventually fall from the penultimate ball of the innings, but Sutton reached 225-9 from their allocation.
Baston’s reply was pretty negative from the off, as they toiled to a slow 92 all out.
After a frustrating start with the ball, Barry Stanway (1-24) eventually made the breakthrough before Paul Edgeller got in on the act with an excellent inswinging delivery.
Jimmy Wright then picked up two wickets as Sutton began to make progress, while the returning Edgeller (2-22) and in-form Jake Burton (4-10) completed the emphatic victory.
• Long Sutton Sunday 1st (265-6) continued their fantastic recent form in Rutland League Division Three as they crushed hosts Ketton (158) by 107 runs.
Having been put into bat, Sutton started strongly with some excellent back-foot play helping Mark Woodhall (52) pass 50.
Steve Skoulding (30) moved through the gears at the other end before falling to a good catch in the deep.
However, Paul Edgeller and Danny Sisson continued the Sutton onslaught.Sisson (39) was as brutal as ever before perishing.
Matt Bull (0) came and went, but skipper Jake Burton (23) and Craig Milnes (9no) joined Edgeller (75) as Sutton reached 265-6.
After Ketton’s reply started strongly, wickets fell at regular intervals once Burton (2-45) made the breakthrough.
But Rob Simpson (6-43) was the star of the show as he picked up yet another five-wicket haul.
Matt Bull (2-13) then took the final two wickets in successive deliveries two wrap up the win.