SOUTH LINCS AND BORDER LEAGUE: Defeat for Spalding 2nds and 3rds, wins for Pinchbeck and Long Sutton 2nds
The postponement of Spalding 1sts' trip to Long Sutton on Saturday gave an opportunity for the second string to take centre stage at home to Claypole.
But instead, skipper Matt Gill led his Spalding 2nds side to a heavy 101-run defeat at Memorial Field, largely down to a match-winning 144-run stand for the fourth wicket between visiting pair Joe Attewell and Will Harris.
After winning the toss, Claypole skipper John North appeared to have made a mistake in opting to bat first as they were reduced to 12-3 due to a devastating bowling spell by Spalding's Paul Forman.
He accounted for James King (2), Matt Ragless (4) and Wayne Harley (1), laying a firm foundation for Spalding to bowl out the visitors cheaply.
But Attewell (60) and Harris (92) had other ideas as, together, they led Claypole to a competitive score of 202 for 8 of their 45 overs.
Forman never added to his early wickets, finishing with 3 for 39 off his ten overs, with Neo Timothy also taking three wickets, including that of Attewell.
There were also two wickets for Spalding's Mark Laud as Claypole only had two more batsmen who made double figures, Liam Probert (11) and Cameron Catleugh (13).
Spalding made a steady start to their run chase before, with 20 runs on the board, Ollie Dring fell to Probert after scoring 7.
The home side failed to find two batsmen who could establish a partnership, with wickets falling at regular intervals to Probert and Catleugh who finished with Claypole's best bowling figures of 4 for 28 off 6.1 overs.
Only Chris Dring, Mark Laud (both with innings of 21) and Matt Gill (14) got anywhere near troubling the Claypole bowlers as they ran out easy winners.
Meanwhile, Bourne fared no better in their Premier Division match against Freiston at Abbey Lawn, losing by six wickets.
Bourne were bowled out for 130 and Freiston reached their target with nearly 15 overs to spare.
There was better news in Division One for Pinchbeck who claimed a 51-run victory over Welby Cavaliers at Spalding Grammar School.
Despite being put in to bat, Pinchbeck posted a score of 152-7, largely due to a match-winning innings of 62 from Jamie Parrish.
He was supported by Lee Eyett (23) and an unbeaten 27 by Mike Knight as Pinchbeck fulfilled the minimum requirement oof one-day cricket, bat out your overs.
In reply, Welby found Pinchbeck's bowling attack of Eyett, Knight, Jamie Frost, Danny Jackson and Steve Coles too much to handle as they were bowled out for 101, with Simon Meadows (32) and six-wicket bowler Virenda Pratap Singh (21) the only visiting batsmen to put up any resistance.
It was a good day too of Market Deeping 2nds who coasted to a nine-wicket derby win away at Stamford Town.
Skipper Richard Witt won the toss and put the hosts in first before reducing Stamford to 115 all out.
Philip Holland (26) and Chris Birch (21) were the only Town batsmen who looked like giving their bowlers a target to defend as Witt and Nick Andrews took three wickets each to put Deeping firmly in the driving seat.
Ryan Bainborough (43) and Jack Martin (52) did the rest with the bat to see Deeping home.
Baston made it three out of four for south-east Lincolnshire sides in Division One after they saw off Heckington by three wickets.
John Lamin led the rout for Baston, taking 6 for 18 off 11 overs, as Heckington were skittled out for just 89.
But Baston made hard work of their run chase, losing seven wickets in reaching their winning target of 90.
In Division Two, Spalding 3rds lost by three wickets at Grantham 3rds where they conceded 246 runs off 45 overs, largely down to an unbeaten century by home batsman Oliver Barry (119).
The home side made sure that Spalding were put out of their misery, with Jordan Grosse returning bowling figures of 5-30 as the visitors were bowled out for 116.
Finally, Long Sutton 2nds were triumphant by 122 runs at Skegness.
Batting first on a dampish wicket, the visitors lost Andrew Wright (5), Ethan English and captain Jeremy Smith (both for ducls) cheaply.
But Josh Baker showed real intent with his 105, spraying shots all round the Skegness ground, with support primarily from Ed Munson (33), resulting in a total of 189 all out.
In reply, Skegness were undone by Long Sutton's Charlie Crisp who took his second five-wicket return of the season, giving up just 24 runs in the process.
Steven Milnes claimed three wickets and there was one too for Munson as Long Sutton claimed an impressive 122-run victory against a Skegness side who were third going into the game.
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