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Spalding must beat Long Sutton to claim title

Victory at Long Sutton next Saturday will see Spalding win the South Lincs & Border League East One Division, after they inflicted a first defeat of the season on Moulton Harrox at the weekend.

Spalding won by 23 runs at Harrox to set up the title decider at the Paradise Field against a Sutton side who sit in third place.

After winning the toss on Saturday, Spalding elected to bat and were 194 all out before dismissing the home side for 171.

Moulton's Alex Baker bowling (42224581)
Moulton's Alex Baker bowling (42224581)

Long Sutton won by 42 runs at Skegness. After being asked to bat, the visitors made 172-9 from their 40 overs, Dan Oldfield top scoring with 43.

Jake Burton was undefeated on 34, Josh Baker scored 33 and Adam Wright 19.

In reply, Rob Simpson was the pick of the bowlers with 4-19, Burton took 2-25 and Barry Stanway 2-44.

In West One Bourne 2nd ended Billingborough’s title hopes with a five wicket win, but can win it themselves if they are victorious at Grantham 2nd next week.

Billingborough were asked to bat and were 136 all out from 35 overs, Richard Wells top scoring with 49. Robert Arnold and Tom Wesley both made 16, and Harold Smith 10 not out.

Bourne’s Freddie Arlott took 4-45, Henry Brewster 3-27, Adam Hilless 2-39 and Tom Patchett 1-20.

In reply Bourne reached their target with five overs to spare, scoring 138-5. KurtStory was the star, hitting ten fours in his undefeated 54, backed up by Patchett (20), Harry Bentley (14no), John Howard (14), and Jonathan Stainsby (13).

Spalding's Jonny Manton in bat (42224607)
Spalding's Jonny Manton in bat (42224607)

In East Two, Baston arein second place but too many points away from Heckington to finish top, after beating Moulton Harrox 2nd by 37 runs. After being asked to bat, Baston were 96 all out, before skittling out the visitors for 59.

Long Sutton 2nd enjoyed an eight wicket home win against Skegness 2nd. After electing to bat, the visitors found runs hard going and registered a meagre 85-4 from 40 overs,.

In reply, Sutton knocked off the runs easily, scoring 89-2 from 11.5 overs.

On Sunday, Spalding 3rd lost by 22 runs at home to Freiston 2nd. After electing to bat, Freiston were 160 all out from 39.4 overs, before Spalding made 138-8 from 40 overs.

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