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Long Sutton defeat Spalding to hand title to Moulton Harrox

Moulton Harrox won the South Lincs & Border League East One Division on Saturday without even playing.

Harrox were top of the table, having completed their six games in a COVID-19-shortened season, but knew a victory for Spalding at Long Sutton would relegate them to second place and see Spalding take the title.

As it was, Sutton beat their old rivals, meaning Harrox were champs and Sutton second, with Spalding dropping down to third.

Long Sutton's Dan Oldfield is bowled out.
Long Sutton's Dan Oldfield is bowled out.

Sutton batted first and made only 140, with Barry Stanway hitting 60 and Will Naylor taking four wickets for the visitors. Needing 141 for victory and the title, openers Jon Manton and Ollie Dring made a steady start, but then wickets fell and, despite a late flourish from Brandon Andrews, Spalding were all out for 117.

Stanway was Sutton's man of the match, taking some vital wickets to add to his half century.

Captain Matt Gill told the Free Press: "It was obviously disappointing but at least we got some cricket played in the end. In May I had all but given up on playing this season.

Long Sutton v Spalding.
Long Sutton v Spalding.

"We had a decent run and only lost two games and hopefully we can look forward to a full season in 2021."

Bourne 2nd sealed the South Lincs & Border League West One title with victory at Grantham 2nd on Saturday.

After winning the toss, Bourne decided to bat and registered 229-8 from their 40 overs. However, it looked a different story when early wickets fell, seeing them reduced to 43-5 when Ben Woodward came in to bat.

Woodward hit 18 fours and two sixes as he smashed an unbeaten 138 from 93 balls. Kurt Storey scored 22, Freddie Arlott 18 and Jon Howard 10.

In reply, Grantham were skittled out for 129 off 32.1 overs, Arlott taking 3-37, Tom Bentley 2-29, Adam Hilless 2-35 and Tom Patchett and Henry Brewster a wicket each.

Moulton Harrox finished third in East Two after enjoying an eight wicket win at Skegness 2nd. The home side won the toss and elected to bat, scoring 101 all out from 39.1 overs. In reply, Moulton took just 14 overs to score 102-2 and win the match.

In the same division, Spalding 3rd pulled off their first win of the season, beating Long Sutton 2nd by 54 runs. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Spalding scored 227-6 in their 40 overs before restricting Long Sutton to 173-7.

In West Two, Billingborough completed their season in sixth place after an eight wicket defeat at home to Ancaster. After winning the toss and deciding to bat, Billingborough were all out for 87 off 28.4 overs, before Ancaster scored 89-2 with 24 overs still left.

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