Spalding surge to top spot after an emphatic victory

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Spalding moved joint top of the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division table after an emphatic victory on Saturday.

They defeated Grantham 2nds by 10 wickets to move level on points at the helm with Boston 2nds, who missed out on maximum points when they failed to bowl out Stamford Town.

Warren Nel (50no) and Josh Newton (93no) made light work of chasing down Grantham’s target of 169 as the opening pair took less than half of the allotted 45 overs to see Spalding home.

Grantham had earlier made a promising start before slipping from 143-4 to 169-9 at the end of the 45 overs.

James Bennett claimed 4-31 from a nine-over spell for Spalding while Hafiz Majeed returned 3-54 from 12 overs,

Lower down the table, Jake Burton took six wickets for Long Sutton in their nine wicket victory over Woodhall Spa 2nd.

Burton’s bonanza helped skittle Woodhall out for just 88 as Sutton cruised to a nine-wicket victory thanks to Phil Barnes (32no) and Jamie Taylor (36).

Bourne 2nds, in what promised to be a high scoring match against Billingborough, were beaten by the weather with just 18 overs of the second innings completed.

Billingborough had been bowled out for 200 with solid contributions from Aaron Pullam (55), Tom Harrison (43) and Paul Goodwin (29no).

Ben Woodward (4-31) and Shilander Rainault (3-39) were the pick of the bowlers for Bourne who saw their chase halted after 18 overs when they were well placed on 101-3. Adam Binns was unbeaten on 40 when the heavens opened.

It was a similar story at Moulton Harrox in Division One where Skegness 2nds made 150-9 and the home side were in hot pursuit on 108-5, Matt Barnett making 53, when rain stopped play.

Moulton now lie third in the table behind Freiston who scored a 35-run win over Welby Cavaliers.

Spalding 2nds lead the division following a 10-wicket victory over Billingborough 2nd, Julian Wilson taking 6-12.

Claypole head Division Two, having beaten Grantham 4ths by five wickets, with Graves Park in second following their seven-wicket victory over Burgh & District.

Boston 3rds, who beat Belton Park 2nds by eight wickets, are third with a game in hand on the top two and are closely followed by Spalding 3rds who beat Pinchbeck.

Richard Gilbert (37) and Ben Edwards (31) had helped Spalding post 143-8 before Carl Lamming (4-32) and Amelia Gardner (3-13) helped dismiss Pinchbeck for 83.

In the South Lincolnshire & Border League Cup, which is sponsored by Dewhurst Trophies, Baston scored a convincing victory over Long Sutton 2nds.

Three of Baston’s batsmen – Mark Richardson (74), James Tickler (71) and Liam Davies (77no) – hit half-centuries while Adam Hawkins and Andy Burrill both claimed three-wicket hauls for the victors.