Opening day defeat for Long Sutton
The South Lincs & Border League finally got off to a start on Saturday, but it signalled defeat for Long Sutton at Paradise Field.
Visitors Boston 2nd batted first in the East 1 fixture and reached 171-5 off their 40 overs.
Barry Stanway was the pick of the home bowlers, taking 2-31 off six overs, Rob Simpson took 1-24, Josh Baker 1-42 and Ed Munson 1-46.
In reply, Chris Booth and Dan Oldfield put on 42 for the first wicket, before Oldfield was caught on 22. Booth soon followed and Josh Baker was out for a duck as they were reduced to 59-3.
However, Adam Wright (71) and Stanway (31) were not going to give up without a fight as they steered their team towards the victory target.
Wright hit 12 fours in his knock but, when he was stumped on 71, Sutton were still 15 short of victory and they eventually ended up 161-7, losing by 10 runs.
Spalding got off to a winning start in the same division with a seven wicket win at Freiston.
The home side batted first and managed 177-8 from their 40 overs. At one stage Spalding had them rattled at 35-4 but a stand of 74 from the middle order gave them hope.
Pick of the Spalding bowling was William Naylor with 4-27 off 10, with Brandon Andrews 3-41 and Nilantha Atapattu 1-38.
In reply, the visitors knocked off the required runs quite comfortably, with 8.3 overs remaining. Pick of the batsmen was Atapattu with an undefeated 42, while Ethan Lawrence was 39 not out, Chris Dring hit 38, Ollie Dring 33 and Jon Manton 14.
In West 1, Billingborough got off to a winning start with a comfortable win at home to Sleaford 2nd. The visitors batted first andwere skittled out for 76 off 31.3 overs, before Billingborough achieved their target for the loss of two wickets off just 18 overs.
Bourne 2nd suffered a heavy home defeat against Belton Park in the same division. The visitors batted first and totalled 170-6, before Bourne 2nd were dismissed for 88 from 22.2 overs.
In East 2, Spalding 3rd were heavily beaten at home to Skegness 2nd.The visitors batted first and managed 144-7 from their 40 overs, Michael Morris, Eddie Seymour, Dan Mulley, George Morris and Nicki Curran all taking a wicket each.
In reply, only two Spalding batsmen got into double figures as they were bowled out for 64 off 28 overs.
Long Sutton 2nd conceded their game at Heckington in the same division.
In West 2, Billingborough 2nd lost by six wickets at Grantham 2nd. The visitors batted first and managed 186-8, before Grantham reached their winning target with 4.3 over still to bowl.
In Inter 1, Moulton Harrox thrashed Spalding 2nd by 175 runs. Batting first, Harrox amassed an impressive 281-5, with debutants Josh Newton (122) and Matthew Rose (109) both hitting centuries. Jack Barnett was undefeated on 19.
Jack Sawyer had decent figures of 3-23 off three overs for Spalding, while there was a wicket each for Macey Andrews and Tom DeCamps. In reply, Spalding never got going and James Laud (26) and Mohammad Alam (24) were the only batsmen into double figures as they were bowled out for 136 in 36.4 overs.
In Inter 2, Moulton Harrox 2nd were beaten by seven wickets at Orton Park. Harrox batted first and were 124 all out from 36.5 overs, opener Mike Kearns Snr top scoring with 40. Orton Park hit the winning runs with 11.4 over left, Danny Jackson taking 2-17 off six and Curtis Todd 1-10.
In the Lincolnshire Premier League, Bourne enjoyed an impressive five wicket win at Bracebridge Heath.
The home side batted first andmanaged 222-8 from their 40 overs. Colin Cheer took 3-48 for Bourne from his eight overs and Ben Woodward 3-51, with a wicket each for Matthew Kidd and Jack Berry.
In reply, opener Jordan Temple was the star for Bourne, hitting nine fours in his 82, with his side at 188-4 when he was finally dismissed.
Peter Morgan hit an explosive 57 off 66 balls, including five fours and three sixes, and Jack Berry scored 11.
Matthew Kidd (19no) and Dan Bandaranaike (17no)steered Bourne to a five wicket victory with just four balls remaining.
Market Deeping were defeated in the same division, losing by 24 runs at Boston. The home side batted first and scored 207-9 from their 40 overs, Thomas Anderson taking 3-30 from his eight overs, Alex Green 3-54, James Hook 2-37 and Jacob Howe 1-28.
In reply,Deeping lost Josh Smith, Keiran Judd and Connor Gillett and their score stood at 3-3, before a spirited middle order of James Hook (59), Joe Malton (52), Sam Malton (25), AlexGreen (18no) and David Sargeant (16) gave them hope.
However, when the last wicket fell, they were still 25 runs short with just an over remaining.