Long Sutton bounced back from last week’s defeat to pull off an unlikely victory at title-chasing Billingborough in the Premier Division.
Batting first, Sutton lost early wickets.
The in-form Dan Oldfield continued his good run with a well-made 24 but wickets continued to fall at the other end with Matt Cox the pick of the bowlers, taking 5-28.
Barry Stanway offered some resistance with a quickfire 21, including a huge six, but Sutton were skittled out for a very much under-par 93.
Billingborough seemingly had the 20 points in the bag at tea – or at least that’s what they thought.
Sutton’s bowlers, on the other hand, had other ideas.
Billingborough raced to 37 without loss and the game looked all but over until spin duo Jake Burton (5-13) and Rob Simpson(3-25) dismissed both openers Chris King and Mitch Griffiths in quick succession.
Wickets continued to fall thanks to some tight bowling and top fielding, including a fantastic catch from Stefan Fox.
All-rounder Aaron Pullum offered resistance with some agricultural hitting but that didn’t last long and Billingborough were under intense pressure.
Simpson and Burton both bowled out and with two wickets still needed the game was in the balance.
Oldfield removed the defiant Scott Tite and it was left to vice-captain Jimmy Wright to take the winning wicket with an incredible slower ball to spark wild celebrations in the middle.
Market Deeping 2nd went clear at the top of the table after picking up 19 points against Woodhall Spa 2nd.
Deeping, newly promoted from Division One, made 205-7 thanks to Ryan Bainborough (70) and Ross Harris (50).
Despite Tom Dixon’s innings of 96, Woodhall fell just short with 193-8.
Simon Godby hit 109 for Sleaford 2nd in a high-scoring game against Bourne 2nd.
Sleaford notched up 275-7 before bowling Bourne out for 237.
Warren Nel was unbeaten on 100 with Josh Newton making 98 for Spalding whose 246-1 proved too much for Belton Park who were all out for 126.
In Division One, Jack Barnett was unbeaten on 120 as Moulton Harrox chased down Heckington’s 204-5 to win by eight wickets.
Baston stay top despite going down to Grantham 3rd by 59 runs while Freiston moved into second with a 10-wicket win over Billingborough 2nd.
Graves Park scored their first victory of the Division Two season, beating Spalding 3rd by seven wickets.