TITLE celebrations were put on hold on Saturday as Spalding Town played the role of party poopers at Billingborough.
Bidding to wrap up the South Lincolnshire and Border League Division One crown, Boro’ were stunned by rampant Town duo Ansar Hussain and Jamie Juckes as they slipped to only a second loss of the season.
In a low scoring game at Horbling Road, Spalding were blown away for just 124 in 34.3 overs. Hussain top scored with 29, while Dan Duke took 3-13 with the ball.
The smart money was on the hosts wrapping up the win and title, but Hussain (5-12) and Juckes (5-63) ripped through their line-up and dismissed the would-be champs for 110 in 20 overs.
Billingborough should still clinch the crown in their remaining two games – but they now face chief rivals Stamford Town in a crunch clash on Saturday (12.30pm), while Town remain in the hunt for third.
That place is currently held by Moulton Harrox, who beat Lindum Ramblers by two wickets. Matt Barnett bagged figures of 3-33 as the Lincoln side were bowled out for 170 at Harrox field, before an unbeaten 43 down the order from Jack Cusack edged Moulton home.
At the wrong end of the top flight, both Bourne 2nd and Market Deeping 2nd clinched vital wins.
South African ace Xanti Xipu was the star for Bourne, making 43 with the bat and taking figures of 3-27 in a 40-run win in the basement battle with Boston 2nd.
Meanwhile, Deeping’s Nick Andrews made an unbeaten 50 as his side easily knocked off Grantham’s 99 for the loss of just one wicket.
In Division Two, Spalding 2nd took the considerable scalp of leaders Skegness 2nd. Carl Lamming snared 3-34 as Town limited the title hopefuls to 152-8, before 52 from Tom Dale helped Spalding edge over the line with two wickets in hand in the final over.
The unluckiest man of the weekend was Billingborough 2nd’s M Stanley, who still finished on the losing side despite making a fantastic 110 not out against Welby. Boro’s second string made 175-3, but an unbeaten 105 from Mike Whatton saw Welby home.
In Division Three, Moulton Harrox Sunday’s derby with Pinchbeck was abandoned after 16 overs with Moulton on 73-2.