Round-up of the action in the South Lincs and Border League: Five-star Spalding impress again
Spalding wasted little time making it five straight wins in the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division after an eight-wicket success at Woodhall Spa 2nds on Saturday.
After Chris Dring decided to field first, his bowlers quickly vindicated that decision to skittle out their hosts for just 63 in less than 36 overs.
Nilantha Atapattu took 3-17, Josh Lawrence 2-17 and Joseph Broomfield 2-13. Thomas Decamps wrapped up the tail to finish with 3-14 in 5.5 overs. Only wicketkeeper Kieran Richardson (10) made it to dohble figures for Woodhall.
Opener Jon Manton ensured there were no major hiccups in reply, scoring 31 after losing partner Jay White for just four. Ben Smith and William Steed steered Spalding over the line to complete an eight-wicket win in less than 16 overs.
Three half-centuries laid the foundations for Bourne 2nds' comfortable 97-run win over Moulton Harrox.
Openers Jon Howard and James Tickler both passed fifty while Ben Stroud weighed in with 60 not out as Bourne reached 234-4 after being asked to bat first. Lewis Martin (2-49) was the most successful bowler.
Josh Newton hit 36 at the start of Moulton's reply but only Matthew Rose (38) made another serious contribution as a succession of regular wickets saw them dismissed for 137. Adam Hilless took 3-34 while there were two wickets apiece for Freddie Arlott and Stroud.
Market Deeping 2nds produced an improved batting display to secure an excellent 77-run win over Skegness.
After being dismissed for just 89 last week, Market openers David Gillett and Nick Andrews put on 84 for the first wicket before the latter went for 25. Skipper Gillett went on to hit eight boundaries in his 71 while Lee Peacock's 31 included three sixes as they reached 195-9 despite Norman Brackley's 7-50 for Skegness.
After two early wickets, a devastating spell from Karl Green ripped the heart out of the Skegness middle order, taking 4-11 in 10 overs. Some late hitting from Luke Turner (24) ensured they finished 118 all out in 38.4 overs.
Josh Baker took centre stage for Long Sutton as they beat Boston 2nds by four wickets.
Boston collapsed from 73-2 to 124 all out as Baker returned 4-9 in seven devastating overs. There were also wickets for Rob Simpson (2-22) and Barry Stanway (2-46).
Long Sutton lost wickets regularly in reply but Jamie Taylor's 25 and 24 from Stanway ensured they reached 126-6 in under 20 overs.
Opener Andy Keen's 62 was not enough for Baston as they failed to chase down Ancaster's 212-6 in Division 1.
Anthony Richardson hit five sixes and 15 fours in his unbeaten 126 for Ancaster. There were two runs outs in addition to wickets for David Conlon (2-53) and Rowan Good (2-70).
Keen was the only top order batsman to make an impression in reply, Baston slipping to 66-5 before he was joined by Andy Burrill (31). The pair put on 44 for the seventh wicket but wickets fell again regularly and they were 134 all out, Richardson completing a day to remember with 4-33.
Moulton Harrox 2nds collected their second win of the season, a fine eight-wicket defeat of Grantham 3rds.
After Grantham opted to bat, Harry Lovell soon got to work with the ball as he returned 4-14 in six overs. Jamie Juckes (3-11) and Curtis Todd (2-21) provided good support as Grantham were all out for just 80 in 22.2 overs.
Moulton lost openers Mike Kearns and Danny Jackson in reply but Clive Bayston and Lee Eyett got them home inside 24 overs.
Division 2 leaders Uffington proved too strong for Spalding 3rds, winning by four wickets.
William Gardner made 50 and George Morris was 50 not out as Spalding made 210-6 (Ted Genever 4-66).
Michael Morris took 3-27 in reply but 84 from Richard McDermott proved decisive as Uffington reached 213-6 with an over to spare.
Long Sutton 2nds' woes at the wrong end of the table continued after they were all out for just 54 against Billingborough 2nds, who themselves had posted a modest total of 113.