Seven up for Scott to keep Billingborough in second

Spalding 2nd opener Jimmy Hook
Spalding 2nd opener Jimmy Hook
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A ten-wicket win at Spalding 2nd saw Boston retain their 12-point advantage in the South Lincolnshire & Border Cricket League Premier Division.

Closest challengers Billingborough also picked up the maximum against Moulton Harrox.

Scott Tite was the pick of the bowlers with 7-48 in Billingborough’s two-wicket win while Dave Newman hit an unbeaten 60 to take Boston to victory.

Bourne 2nd remain third after the tightest game of the day which saw just one run separate the teams.

Tom Dixon’s unbeaten century helped Woodhall Spa 2nd to 254-9 and at the close of the Bourne innings, the visitors were just short on 253-8.

Long Sutton continued their march up the table with an emphatic nine-wicket victory over Belton Park at the Paradise Field.

Captain Phil Barnes won the toss for the first time this season and had no hesitation in asking Belton to bat first on a hard bouncy track.

It didn’t take long for Sutton’s bowlers to back that decision up as paceman Barry Stanway ripped through the top order.

Stanway finished with figures of 4-35 to leave Belton on the ropes.

Belton’s middle order put up a bit of a fight but the introduction of spin duo Rob Simpson (3-3) and Jake Burton (2-3) cleared up the tail and saw the visitors bowled out for 75.

Sutton made light work of the run chase as club stalwart Chris Booth rolled back the years, crashing nine boundaries on his way to 44 from just 46 balls.

Booth eventually fell trying to hit a six to win the game and it was left to his fellow opener Jimmy Wright to see the side home alongside Barnes to wrap up the full 20 points.

Barnes said: “We were outstanding. Barry bowled with raw pace and it was great to see Chris Booth scoring so freely. Hopefully we can carry this momentum forward and cause an upset at Bourne next week.”

Market Deeping 2nd remain undefeated in Division One and have built up a 32-point lead over Grantham 3rd.

Deeping bowled Cavaliers out for 58 but then lost four wickets reaching their target, while Will Abbott took 5-19 for Grantham in their seven-wicket 
win over Billingborough 2nd.

Long Sutton 2nd made the long trip to Lindum looking to put in an improved performance after last week’s humiliating defeat.

Lindum won the toss and put Sutton into bat and soon lost Jimmy Harrison for 0.

This brought 14-year-old Rajan Sanga to the crease and he soon got into his stride, making batting look easy.

There were contributions from skipper Andy Wright (16), Craig Harron (17) and a typical hard-hitting 16 from Alex Canham.

While the wickets were falling at the other end, Sanga continued to accumulate runs and was eventually last man out for a very accomplished 64, the total being 160.

Sutton opening bowlers Ian Morris and Steven Milnes started with some tight overs. At 23-2, they knew they had a chance.

Sanga picked up a wicket to continue his excellent day but Lindum were scoring well.

All the bowlers played their part but Lindum passed the target for the loss of six wickets in the 40th over.

In Division Two, Josh Lawrence hit his maiden senior half-century for Spalding 3rd –sharing a third-wicket stand of 108 with Jim Clarke (57) in a successful run chase against Boston 3rd for whom Sean Barnett made 91 of his team’s total of 185.