Billingborough made it three South Lincs and Border League premier division wins out of three on Saturday as they comfortably despatched bottom side Moulton Harrox.
The victory set the scene for a mouthwatering home between fourth-placed Boro and early leaders Skegness on Saturday.
Harrox were put into bat on a very green wicket, and the home side started brightly and put on 70 before a fine reaction catch from Gollop off the bowling of Roy Tilley saw Barnett dismissed for 45.
This breakthrough was vital and wickets began to tumble, with Tilley getting Cusack out for 25 and Morton for a first-ball duck. Tilley’s fourth wicket saw Hibbert out, also without scoring.
Opening bowler Rutvik Botadra then came back into the attack and claimed two wickets before Tilley claimed his second consecutive five-wicket haul to finish with figures of 10-2-28-5.
Harrox finished on 139-8 off 45 overs.
Opening pair Luke Hollingworth and Dave Newman soon went about their work for Boro, playing some fine shots and racing away to the 140 required.
Newman reached his 50 with a towering six before sweeping powerfully to the boundary only to find the fielder.
Hollingworth continued to maim Moulton’s bowling attack and finished with a superb season’s high unbeaten 73, with Steve Scott 13 not out.
Bourne 2nd, for whom Archie Stroud scored 98, are in second place following victory over Grantham. Bourne scored 220-9 and dismissed Grantham for 70.
In division one Long Sutton (115 all out) stay top despite defeat to Heckington (125 all out) on a poor wicket.
Jimmy Wright (4-30), Barry Stanway (3-20), Jake Burton (2-37) and Paul Edgeller (1-20) got the wickets, with main run makers Chris Booth (18), Adam Wright (34) and Edgeller (21 not out).
Spalding 2nd suffered the narrowest of defeats, losing to Friskney by just one wicket. Jamie Juckes made 95 for Spalding in their 159-9.
Moulton Harrox 2nd’s game at Blankney was abandoned.
Billingborough 2nd continued their poor start to the season, scoring 104-9 against Market Deeping 2nd, who had registered 105-2. Only Richard Wells starred with the bat with a fine 42.
Long Sutton 2nd (208-8)stay top of division two after beating Lindum 3rd (124 all out), Sisson top scoring with 72. Pinchbeck were skittled out for 58 at Claypole, after their opponents had scored 235.
Spalding 3rd (154-6) beat Cavaliers (150-9) by four wickets, with Wright scoring an unbeaten 79.
Cavaliers’ score was very competitive in this game of ever-changing weather and Sutton’s best bowlers were Richard Gilbert (3-27) and Joe Lyon (3-31).
In bat Will Holmes scored a fine 30 and Tyler Wright an unbeaten 79, his half-century coming off 53 balls and 18 runs being scored from his final five balls.