Spalding earn one-wicket victory in dramatic finish

DERBY DATE: Amelia Gardner bowls for Spalding 3rd during their 49-run defeat to Pinchbeck in the Division Two game at the Grammar School. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG060615-123TW
DERBY DATE: Amelia Gardner bowls for Spalding 3rd during their 49-run defeat to Pinchbeck in the Division Two game at the Grammar School. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG060615-123TW
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Spalding 2nd edged out Long Sutton in a thrilling derby at the Memorial Field in the South Lincolnshire and Border League’s Premier Division.

The home side won the toss and decided to bowl on what looked like a very good track.

Sutton made a steady start but Steve Norris soon made a breakthrough, removing the in-form Jimmy Wright.

This bought Adam Wright to the crease and, after being dropped on nought, he soon started to find the middle of the bat.

Wright hit seven boundaries in his almost run-a-ball 31 as he looked to up the rate.

Phil Barnes continued to score steadily at the other end and when Wright fell to the introduction of spin, Barnes knew he would have to dig in.

Mark Woodall joined Barnes at the crease and continued to score quickly but when they both fell in quick succession, with Barnes making a dogged 66, the Sutton innings lost impetus and was restricted to 175-7.

Sutton knew they would have to take early wickets if they were to defend what was probably a slightly below-par score and they did exactly that as Barry Stanway destroyed Mike Kearns’ stumps with just the second ball of the innings.

This saw the introduction of the experienced Chris Dring who quickly settled in against Sutton’s quicks.

The introduction of spin duo Jake Burton and Rob Simpson slowed Dring down but he went to 50 in good time.

Spalding looked to be cruising to victory with Dring and Simon Juckes at the crease but the reintroduction of Jimmy Wright (5-47) got Sutton back into the game, dismissing Dring for a well made 79.

When Wright removed Jamie Juckes, Spalding still needed two runs to win with just one wicket left.

Julian Wilson saw his side home with a thick edge down to third man.

Sutton vice-captain Jimmy Wright said: “It was a great game between two evenly-matched sides and it really could have gone either way.

“We were probably 10 or 15 runs short and that’s what made the difference in the end.”

Top against bottom saw Moulton Harrox well beaten as Boston got back to winning ways.

They lead the way by 11 points over Sleaford 2nd who in turn are 11 up on Bourne 2nd.

Boston racked up a massive 3710-7 with Ben Vella hitting 127 off 79 balls against Harrox who were bowled out for 128, Tom Baxter bowling 12 overs with 10 maidens and taking 5-7.

Sumit Puri also took five wickets as Sleaford held Billingborough to 173-9, a total the home side overtook for the loss of two wickets.

Bourne also topped the 300 mark, finishing on 303-7 with Josh Bentley hitting 128, but were unable to bowl Grantham 2nd out – Simon Oakes making 98 before

being run out to help his side to 198-8.

A high-scoring match in Division One saw opener Mark Stanley make an unbeaten 119 for Billingborough 2nd and put on 103 for the first wicket with Mark Pilgrim (53) to help his side to 218-7.

But Cavaliers were also on good batting form and steady scoring down the order saw the Peterborough side reach their target with two wickets remaining.

Long Sutton 2nd also had a century maker in Jamie Taylor who was unbeaten on 112 off 78 balls against Welby who were bowled out for 167.

However, Taylor was the only player in double figures, eight wickets falling before he took his side to victory.

Leaders Market Deeping were without a game but still have a 33-point advantage over Skegness 2nd who moved into second place with a seven-wicket win over Lindum 3rd.

In Division Two, Baston moved to the top after Liam Davies hit 100 not out to help his side to a seven-wicket win over Boston 3rd.

Pinchbeck lie fourth following their win over Spalding 3rd in which Lee Eyett took five wickets.