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Long Sutton Cricket Club maintain their fine start to the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division season

Long Sutton stretched their unbeaten start to the South Lincs and Border League season with a seven-wicket win at Market Deeping 2nds on Saturday.

In a Premier Division match that was reduced to 30 overs due to the weather, Sutton secured the success with just 10 balls remaining to record their fourth consecutive win of the season.

Home openers Chris Jones (42) and Ryan Bainborough (33) had top-scored for Deeping while Dave Gillett made 24 as they posted 188-6 from their 30 overs in a rain-reduced match.

Angus Bell took two wickets and made 43 not out for Long Sutton.
Angus Bell took two wickets and made 43 not out for Long Sutton.

Rob Simpson was the pick of the Sutton attack with 3-42 while Angus Bell took 2-36.

Jamie Taylor then struck a half-century to lead Sutton's reply by top-scoring for the visitors with 54 while Chris Booth made 28.

It was then left to skipper Dan Oldfield and Angus Bell to see Sutton home with undefeated knocks of 51 and 43 respectively.

The victory keeps Long Sutton in second spot, just four points behind Skegness are the only other unbeaten side in the division.

Bourne remain in fourth place despite a narrow nine-run away defeat at Freiston.

The hosts had batted first and were bowled out for 156 as Tom Patchett and Drew Kirtland-Blundell both took three wickets apiece for Bourne.

Patchett picked up 3-28 from his 7.2 overs while Kirtland-Blundell returned 3-40 from a similar stint.

They were well supported by Adam Hilless with 2-22 off five and Freddie Arlott who claimed 2-32 from his six overs.

Bourne did have their hosts in trouble at 26-4 but solid mid-order efforts from Usman Ahmed (47), Sunil Panjwani (20) and Daniel Lumley (32) proved pivotal in the contest.

Visiting skipper Jon Howard led the Bourne reply as he opened their innings and top-scored with a superb 79.

Howard was the ninth wicket to fall after hitting nine fours and two sixes in his innings as Bourne were bowled out for 147.

Kurt Storey made 29 with Abdul Moeed the pick of the home attack after taking 4-21 from eight overs.

Moulton Harrox were unable to build on a big victory in their previous outing as they went down by eight wickets at Grantham 2nds.

Jamie Juckes had top-scored with 30 not out as Harrox were restricted to 151-8 from their 45 overs.

Juckes and Carl Lamming picked up a wicket apiece in the Grantham reply, but the hosts triumped with seven overs to spare with opener Taylor Fell hitting an unbeaten 43.

Spalding's match at Boston was cancelled due to the wet weather.

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