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Round-up of the weekend cricket action in the South Lincs and Border League

A superb seven-wicket haul from Rob Simpson helped Long Sutton maintain their unbeaten start to the South Lincs and Border League season on Saturday.

Simpson's super haul saw visiting Market Deeping 2nds dismissed for 136 as Sutton stormed to an emphatic six-wicket win at the Paradise Field.

Deeping had made a strong start after winning the toss and electing to bat first, but a wicket each from Adam Whitaker and Barry Stanway then pegged them back to 51-2 after 14 overs.

Long Sutton continued their winning start to the new league season.
Long Sutton continued their winning start to the new league season.

Simpson then entered the fray and had taken four wickets by the 35th over to leave Deeping on 122-6.

With the help of Jake Burton, they then rattled through the visitors' lower order to dismiss Deeping for the addition of just a further 14 runs.

With Long Sutton missing last week's batting centurion Josh Baker through injury, they suffered a couple of early setbacks in their reply.

However, skipper Dan Oldfield hit a rapid 28 before Stanway and Jamie Taylor joined forces to guide Sutton home to a comfortable win.

Moulton Harrox - who lost a thrilling derby with Long Sutton last week - are still seeking their first victory of the campaign after a six-wicket home defeat against Boston 2nds.

Matt Rose made 44 for Harrox and Matt Barnett contributed 27 as they were dismissed for 173.

A strong top order start by the visitors then paved the way for their victory despite the bowling efforts of Lawrence Rayner (1-13) and Alex Baker (2-44).

Bourne 2nds bounced back from their derby defeat against Market Deeping last weekend with a five-wicket success over Grantham 2nds at the Abbey Lawn.

Dan Bandaranaike and Freddie Arlott both bagged wicket braces to help restrict Grantham to 174-9 off their 45 overs.

Sharp fielding also aided Bourne's cause as Bandaranaike, Josh Bentley and Richard Hewitt all claimed run outs.

Home skipper Jon Howard hit 41 to kick-start Bourne's reply with Tom Patchett then picking up the momentum to top score with 69.

Wicket-keeper and second team skipper Jon Howard scored 41 for Bourne in their victory over Grantham. (46556124)
Wicket-keeper and second team skipper Jon Howard scored 41 for Bourne in their victory over Grantham. (46556124)

Jamie Coles was then unbeaten on 20 not out at the close as Bourne breezed to victory in 32 overs despite the efforts of Rahul Kumar who claimed 4-51 for Grantham.

Richard Wells hit a super century as Billingborough made it back-to-back wins in Division One of the South Lincs and Border League after an 83-run success over Orton Park 2nds on Saturday.

Opener Wells carried his bat throughout the 45 overs for a magnificent innings of 131 that included 19 boundaries as Billingborough blasted 242-6 from their 45 overs.

Paul Goodwin struck six boundaries in his 38 while Robert Arnold fired five fours in his 25 before being run out.

A fine all-round bowling performance then saw Orton Park dismissed for 159 in their reply.

Stuart Gollop - who took six wickets in last weekend's win over Spalding 2nds - was again the pick of the Billingborough attack with 3-35 while Aaron Pullum returned 3-61, Shane George 2-51 and James Rickett 2-8 from a four-over spell that featured two maidens.

Jamie Juckes and Carl Lamming were in fine form with the ball as Moulton Harrox 2nds went down to a narrow 18-run defeat at Heckington.

Juckes took 4-28 from 12 overs while Lamming landed 3-28 from 10 as Heckington were bowled out for 171.

Alin Carter also struck twice for Harrox with Adam Cornwell claiming the other Heckington wicket to fall.

Harrox were bowled out for 153 in their reply despite the efforts of Mike Kearns senor (21), Danny Jackson (20) and Mike Knight (24).

Long Sutton 2nds were beaten by 125 runs in their Division Two opener at Belton Park.

The hosts had made 195-8 from 45 overs with Joe Whitaker (3-51), Charlie Crisp (2-62), Calvin John (2-14) and Daniel Plant (1-22) their wicket-takers.

Whitaker then top scored with an unbeaten 17 as Sutton were skittled out for 70 in their reply as Joe Dickinson took 5-10 in a superb six-over stint that also included four maidens.

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