It was a disappointing day for Long Sutton in the South Lincolnshire and Border League Premier Division as they were well beaten by a strong Boston side.
Captain Phil Barnes said: “We weren’t at our best and Boston punished us.
“But the lads never once put their heads down and fought right to the end.
“We travel to Stamford and I am confident we can bounce back with a win.”
Opposing skipper Tom Baxter said: “It was disappointing not to bowl them out but sometimes that happens.
“They showed no interest in scoring runs for large periods of the innings and just shut up shop at times.
“However, credit must go to the five bowlers, as it was one of our best team efforts with the ball this year.”
Boston won the toss and inserted Sutton on what looked a decent wicket.
But runs were hard to come by and a combination of good bowling and not so good batting meant that Sutton’s innings never really got going.
Boston bowled six maidens in the first 12 overs,
Barnes offered some resistance for a steady 26 but the rest of the middle order failed to contribute and only a quick onslaught of three fours and a six from big-hitting Stanway helped Sutton to 108-9 from 45 overs.
Benjamin Vella was the pick of the bowlers, taking 5-25.
Sutton started well with the ball and Stanway removed both opening batsman to give a glimmer of hope.
But Kieran Evans (42no) was ably assisted by Kiwi pair Ryan Croom (21) and Vella (25no) as Boston eased to victory with seven wickets to spare.
Boston’s victory saw them pick up 19 points to continue at the top of the table.
Boston now have a 22-point lead with Bourne 2nd moving back into second place above Sleaford 2nd who were without a game.
Despite the changeable weather, only three games were abandoned and four centuries were scored, two of them in Division Two.
Adam Binns’ unbeaten 106 saw Bourne to victory over Moulton Harrox.
Billingborough and Spalding 2nd fought out the highest scoring match in the division with Mitch Griffiths making 84 of Billingborough’s total of 244.
But Chris Dring was in even better batting form, making 150 not out to take Spalding to a seven-wicket win and a move up the table into seventh place.
Market Deeping 2nd continue to dominate Division One, despite an abandoned game at Skegness.
Newly-promoted Freiston are now in second place after a tight game at Heckington, which they won by just one wicket.
Boston 2nd stayed in contention with a win over Welby Cavaliers and Lindum 3rd also fought out a nailbiter.
The Peterborough side finishing on 196 for eight and Lindum failing by just five runs to meet their target.
Mark Richardson scored his maiden century for Baston who stay top of Division Two, 16 points ahead of Claypole who were beaten by Pinchbeck.
Richardson’s 118 helped his side to 230 for six before Spalding 3rd were bowled out for 83.
Lee Eyett returned the day’s best bowling figures of six for 59 for Pinchbeck, including the wicket of Matt Ragless on 76.
Claypole were all out for 183, a total Pinchbeck overtook for the loss of four wickets, Danny Jackson hitting 79.