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Moulton consolidate top spot

Moulton Harrox claimed an eight-run win over second-placed Woodhall Spa to consolidate their position at the top of the South Lincs & Border League East One.

Batting first, the visitors posted 170-6, with Matthew Barnett (40no) and Matthew Rose (43) well supported by Josh Newton (37), Joseph Broomfield (14) and Clive Bayston (13no).

In reply, Woodhall Spa made a slow start but eventually recovered to threaten victory until the last wicket fell in the final over.

Moulton Harrox have stayed top of the league.
Moulton Harrox have stayed top of the league.

Alex Baker took three wickets for Moulton, with Rose and Broomfield taking two apiece and Alin Carter one.

Dan Oldfield starred for Long Sutton as his unbeaten 94 helped his team to a six-wicket win over Freiston.

Freiston won the toss and chose to bat first, scoring 160 all out in 40 overs. Josh Baker was pick of the bowlers with 3-39. Oldfield and Rob Simpson both took two wickets each, with Adam Whitaker and Joe Whitaker both claiming one.

Oldfield then took over with the bat, with Angus Bell (22) and Chris Booth (19no) both making useful contributions as Long Sutton eased to 170-4.

Spalding enjoyed a 37-run win over Boston.

Peter Cook top-scored with 24 as Spalding scored 132. Openers Ollie Dring and Jon Manton both scored 21, with Ethan Lawrence (20) and Josh Lawrence (16) helping to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

Boston offered little resistance with the bat as William Naylor took 4-30. Brandon Andrews and Josh Lawrence claimed 3-12 and 3-35 respectively as Boston were dismissed for 95.

In West One, Bourne 2nd overcame Newborough by 31 runs.

Opener Sean Patchett scored 20 runs, but it was middle order batsman Jon Howard who really took the fight to the Newborough attack, scoring 66 to help Bourne reach 177-9 in their 40 overs.

William Patchett (20no), Joshua Bentley (13) and Henry Brewster (13no) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures.

Newborough’s run chase got off to a slow start, and they never really looked like winning. Tom Bentley and Freddie Arlott took 3-35 and 3-39 respectively, with Tom Patchett taking two wickets and Brewster one.

Spalding 2nds suffered a disappointing 162-run loss at Billingborough.

The home side won the toss and opted to bat first, scoring 251-6 in 40 overs.

Spalding never got going with the bat and were dismissed for just 89 runs.

In East Two, Moulton Harrox 2nds were 30-run victors over Spalding 3rds.

The home side were put into bat and scored 122-8, with steady scoring throughout the innings. Danny Jackson (25), Mike Kearns snr (18), Mark Ramsden (11) and Curtis Todd (11) were the main scorers.

Barnaby Dring took 3-5 for Spalding, back up by Michael Morris (2-11) and Jay White and George Morris who both took a single wicket.

Spalding’s reply got off to a disastrous start with the early loss of openers Peter Cook and Amelia Gardner. Only Michael Morris (33), George Morris (23) and Jay White (18) made double figures. Moulton bowler Carl Lamming was the scourge of the middle order, taking 4- 18 as the visitors were bowled out for 92. Alin Carter took 3-15, with Stephen Coles, Lee Eyett and Danny Jackson all taking a wicket apiece.

Baston’s decision to bat first against Heckington failed to pay off as they went down to a four-wicket defeat.

The visitors could muster only 99 runs all out in their innings, with Jules McAlpine topscoring on 18.

McAlpine was also the most productive bowler for Baston, taking 2-21, but Heckington eased to their target for the loss of six wickets.

In Inter Two, Billingborough 2nds went down to a 40-run loss at Skegness 2nd.

Billingborough were bowled out for 126 in pursuit of the hosts’ 166-9.

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