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Spalding Town triumph against Grantham in the South Lincs and Border League

An influential innings from Jon Manton helped lead Spalding to their maiden win of the South Lincs and Border League season on Saturday.

Manton hit an unbeaten 89 not out as Spalding defeated hosts Grantham 2nds by seven wickets in the Premier Division clash at Gorse Lane.

Chris Dring's side had suffered an opening day reversal at Skegness last weekend but they bounced back after restricting Grantham to 184-8 from 45 overs on Saturday after the hosts had won the toss and elected to bat first.

Home openers Stewart Mudie and Taylor Fell were dominant against the Spalding attack in the early exchanges as they put on 102 runs for the first wicket.

However, the introduction of Harry De Camps and Nilantha Atapattu helped Spalding to take control of the contest.

They picked up a wicket apiece to dismiss the Grantham openers and Atapattu then had Martin Parmley caught to leave Grantham on 111-3.

Max Everett (22) and Oliver Barry (17) steadied the home ship before Brandon Andrews was brought back into the Spalding attack.

Andrews collected the wickets of the Grantham duo while De Camps bowled both Matthew Barry and Samuel Dunham cheaply.

Will Naylor then collected the final Grantham wicket of their innings when he bowled Neil Stevenson as the hosts closed on 184-8.

De Camps finished his 12-over spell with 3-46 while Atapattu returned 2-45, Andrews 2-54 and Naylor 1-35.

The Spalding reply got off to a strong start as Manton and Ollie Dring put on 67 runs for the first wicket until the latter was caught for 30 by Parmley off the bowling of Isuru Vidanagamage.

Skipper Chris Dring added a further 10 runs while Ethan Lawrence helped Spalding reach the century mark before becoming Vidanagamage's third wicket.

With the game finely poised, Manton and Atapattu then took charge of proceedings to guide Spalding to victory.

They enjoyed an unbroken 88-run stand for the fourth wicket which saw Spalding home with 16 balls remaining.

Manton hit seven fours in his 89 not out while Atapattu was undefeated on 26 at the close.

Spalding 2nds went down to a 140-run defeat away at Billingborough in their Division One opener.

The hosts racked up 243-8 from their 45 overs after electing to bat first and then skittled Spalding out for 103 in their reply.

The first team play their opening home game of the Premier Division season on Saturday when they welcome Sleaford 2nds to Seas End Hall. The seconds visit Newborough.

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