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Moulton take top spot in league

Moulton Harrox enjoyed a five wicket victory at Skegness and are now top of the South Lincs & Border League East 1 Division.

After putting the hosts into bat, Harrox saw them make 195-6 from their 40 overs, with Jack Barnett taking 4-63, and a wicket each for Lawrence Rayner and Joseph Broomfield.

In reply, Moulton scored 197-5 with five balls remaining, Broomfield (66) and Josh Newton (63 not out) the main batsmen, with opener and captain Chris Beale hitting 30 and wicket keeper Jake Morton 11.

Joe Whitaker bowls for Long Sutton.
Joe Whitaker bowls for Long Sutton.

In West 1, Billingborough beat Grantham 2nd by 21 runs. Electing to bat, Billingborough were 189 all out from 40 overs, before bowling out their visitors for 168.

Spalding 2nd enjoyed an eight wicket win at Sleaford 2nd, who won the toss and elected to bat, reaching 192-7 from their 40 overs. Spalding scored 196-2 off 37.1 overs.

In East 2, Baston won by 101 runs at Long Sutton 2nd.Batting first, Baston’s openers Andy Keen (79) and Anthiny Morris (59) soon showed their class.

It took Adam Whittaker to remove both batsmen, who should have gone earlier, Sutton dropping them both among a huge total of nine dropped catches.

Captain Ben Hudson (38), James McAlpine (27)and Ryan Good-Loan (10no) all did their bit for Baston.

Whittaker took a total of 4-29 and leg spinner Charlie Crisp 3-20, followed by a couple of run outs as Baston finished on 232-9.

Sutton were in all kinds of trouble and lost a couple of early wickets. Only Connie Gittins looked comfortable,getting 31 runs.

Skipper Ed Munson chipped in with28, but Sutton fell well short, scoring 131 all out from 35.4 overs.

For Baston, McAlpine took 3-8 and there were two wickets each for Evan Donaldson and Good-Loan, with one each for Neil Baker and Andy Burrill.

Long Sutton can take some positives from the juniors who did themselves proud, some with ball, some with the bat.

Then on Sunday, Sutton 2nds beat Moulton Harrox 2nds by 13 runs.

In dark, damp conditions, Sutton posted 95 from 37 overs, Andy Wright top scoring with 21.

The Sutton bowlers knew they had to bowl well and they did, with Ed Munson taking three wickets in his spell, bowling alongside Joe Whittaker.

Josh Baker took over from Munson and Rob Simpson from Whittaker, Baker bowling a really tight seven overs, taking a wicket and conceding just four runs.

Simpson took another two, but the runs ticked along and, with the light fading, skipper Munson turned to Charlie Crisp, who removed three more batsmen before Joe Whittaker took the final wicket. Moulton finished 13 runs short in the final over, just before the rain fell.

In the same division, Spalding 3rd were heavily beaten, losing by 165 runs at Heckington.

The home side batted first and made 292-3 from 40 overs, with a wicket each for Amelia Gardner and Barnaby Dring.

In reply, Spalding never looked like achieving their target,and made 127-8 from their 40 overs.

Among the runs were Michael Morris (26), William Gardner (25), Ayra Ranaut (19) and Amelia Gardner (16).

In West 2, Billingborough 2nd lost by five wickets at Caistor and Ailsworth.

The visitors elected to bat and were 135 all out from 38 overs, before the home side reached 137-5 from 31.

In Inter 1, Bourne 2nd lost by 36 runs at Freiston. The home side batted first and were 116 all out from 32.2 overs, Freddie Arlott taking 4-21, Tom Patchett 3-23 and Henry Brewster 2-35.

But, although the victory target looked attainable, Bourne were skittled out for 80 off 27.2 overs, only captain James Tickler (20) and Patchett (17) making double figures.

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