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Spalding Town Cricket Club maintain push for honours in the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division




Spalding's remarkable run in the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division continued with a narrow victory over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday.

Chris Dring's side edged a one-wicket win in a tense tussle to maintain their championship charge.

Town lost three of their opening four league games this season but, since the defeat at Long Sutton on May 1, haven't been beaten.

Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953849)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953849)

They have recorded 15 successive victories, although two have since been expunged due to Belton Park's withdrawal from the dvision, to maintain their title chase in a two-way battle with Skegness.

Spalding are currently in second spot, 18 points adrift of the leaders, but they have a game in hand with just two matches of the campaign remaining.

They bowled out Market Deeping 2nds for 154 on Saturday after the visitors had won the toss and elected to bat first.

Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953842)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953842)

Simon Caplick had led the Deeping charge with 65 while Dave Gillett made 20 against a Town attack that saw Michael Morris take 4-40 from 12 overs.

He was well supported by Nilantha Atapattu who returned 3-26 from 10.3 overs while Shamal Fernando claimed 2-20 off five.

Spalding lost some cheap early wickets but skipper Chris Dring led the fightback with 52 while Atapattu added 26.

Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953845)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953845)

Ethan Lawrence (12) and Ben Smith (13) kept the scoreboard ticking over until the last wicket partnership of Brandon Andrews (12no) and Morris (8no) saw Spalding home.

Will Parker had picked up 4-29 from nine overs for Deeping while Javed Ghani and Josh Carder both collected two wickets each.

Spalding are without a match on Saturday before entertaining Woodhall Spa 2nds in their penultimate game of the season the following weekend.

Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953741)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953741)

A five-wicket haul from Jake Burton was the highlight of Long Sutton's 62-run reversal against Boston 2nds.

Burton claimed 5-21 from his eight-over spell that featured three maidens as Boston were bowled out for 155 after being put into bat.

Long Sutton looked comfortable at the start of their reply as Dan Oldfield (37) and Chris Booth (12) started strongly by putting on 60 for the first wicket.

Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953853)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953853)

The duo, along with Angus Bell, then fell in quick succession but Charlie Crisp and Barry Stanway looked to be steadying the ship until the latter was caught on the boundary.

Crisp was then run out for 12 as the wickets fell regularly with Boston taking some excellent catches to dismiss Long Sutton for 93 with Damo Lawson taking 6-17 for the hosts.

Jack Barnett blasted 80 runs as Moulton Harrox were the winners against Bourne 2nds at the Abbey Lawn.

Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953857)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953857)

Barnett top-scored as Harrox hit 207-9 from their 45 overs with 43 extras also aiding the visitors' cause.

Matt Pottle took 4-45 with Freddie Arlott claiming 3-53 for Bourne lost by 85 runs after being bowled out for 122.

Kurt Storey top-scored with 54 while Lee Eyett took 4-42 for Harrox with Henry Lavery and Matt Rose both bagging two wickets each.

Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953859)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953859)

Skipper Ben Hudson hit a half-century as Baston recorded a 60-run victory against Moulton Harrox 2nds in Division One.

Hudson's 50 helped the hosts reach 180 all out as Anthony Morris made 39 and James Roffe added 29.

Danny Jackson led the Harrox attack with 4-36 from 10 overs while Curtis Todd took 2-25 and Simon Juckes 2-35.

Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953861)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953861)

Moulton opener Michael Kearns snr then carried his bat throughout the 46 overs of his side's reply as they finished on 122-9.

Kearns made 57 not out as the Baston bowlers proved economical with Jules McAlpine taking 3-7 from nine overs which included five maidens.

Ruben Baker bagged 2-14 off six and David Conlon claimed 1-8 from an eight-over spell that featured six maidens.

Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953863)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953863)

Billingborough remain in pole position after 49-run win over Ancaster.

Richard Wells' side have just one match of their season remaining and currently hold a 15-point advantage over second-placed Newborough who have a game in hand.

They made 231-7 after batting first on Saturday with Jed Humphries hitting 56 after Wells had made 36 and Paul Goodwin contributed 39.

Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953746)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953746)

Chris King was then unbeaten on 36 at the close for Billingborough who bowled out their visitors for 186 in reply.

David Newman was in sensational form with the ball for Billingborough as he took 8-37 from 11.5 overs to maintain their push for honours.

Spalding 2nds lost their basement battle with Grantham 3rds who were five-wicket winners.

Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953870)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953870)

Town had been bowled out for 183 thanks to the top order efforts of Mohammad Alam (43), Neo Timothy (37) and George Morris (54).

Joe Horrocks - who had taken four wickets - then hit an unbeaten 53 to lead Grantham to victory in the 43rd over. Morris was the pick of the Spalding attack with 2-23.

Spalding 3rds suffered a crushing 292-run defeat at Division Two leaders Newborough.

Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953877)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953877)

The Bulls blasted 347-4 from 45 overs with four players retiring after reaching their half-centuries.

William Gardner (17) and Yuvraj Ranaut (14) then top-scored as Spalding were skittled out for 55 in their reply. Nigel Griffin took 5-9 from nine overs for Newborough.

Long Sutton 2nds lost by nine wickets at home to Sleaford 3rds after being bowled out for 119.

Opener Andrew Wright top-scored with 34 while Ed Munson took the solitary Sleaford wicket to fall as the visitors triumphed after 38 overs.

Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953880)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953880)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953883)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953883)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953887)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953887)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953748)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953748)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953750)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953750)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953786)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953786)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953793)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953793)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953802)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953802)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953811)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953811)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953819)
Spalding were one-wicket winners over Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (50953819)


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