Deeping seal South Lincs and Border Division One title in fine fashion

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The South Lincolnshire and Border League saw its only nine-wicket haul of the season in a weekend where the top places in two divisions were decided.

Market Deeping have dominated Division One for most of the season and took the championship with a nine-wicket win over Heckington.

Meanwhile, Boston lifted the Premier Division championship and, subject to satisfactory inspections, can now look forward to promotion to the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League.

Division Two saw the day’s two tightest games as Claypole kept their promotion hopes alive by beating Pinchbeck by just one wicket and Burgh & District beat Graves Park by just two runs.

Lee Smith’s unbeaten 72 took Pinchbeck to 146 for nine, Alex Wharmby taking five wickets.

Claypole were then reduced to 107 for eight before the lower order dug in, Chris Wharmby and Kevin Jaques adding 30 and Wharmby and Adam Clarke seeing their side home with 10 balls to spare, Danny Jackson taking six wickets for Pinchbeck.

Burgh & District reached 142 for eight only to see Tim Howsam lead Graves Park’s reply with an unbeaten 77 which almost saw his side home, the final wicket falling on 140.

Dan Blankley hit 64 for Division Two title contenders Timberland in their victory over Spalding 3rd.

Danny Ashley was the bowler of the day, taking nine Long Sutton 2nd’s wickets to help lift Grantham 3rds away from the Division One relegation zone.

Elsewhere, in a close, well-fought game, 16-year-old Matthew Sharpe took six for 49 for Spalding 2nd in their Premier Division match against Stamford Town.

Jamie Juckes made an unbeaten 52 for Spalding who reached 173 for nine, five wickets falling to Sam Barrett.

Stamford were then bowled out just 10 short of their target.

Kieran Evans made the division’s highest total with 93 for Boston who finished on 291 for seven before restricting Long Sutton to 164 for nine.

Woodhall Spa 2nd defeated Billingborough.