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Spalding and Bourne face off in South Lincs and Border League Premier Division top two showdown




Spalding Town skipper Jonathan Miles has called on his side to give everything for the cause on Saturday.

Bourne are the visitors to Spalding Grammar School (1pm) as the two sides who have occupied the top spots for much of the season in South Lincs and Border League Premier Division finally come together.

Both teams have identical form over the last five matches and Bourne are topping the table by just three points.

Josh Newton hit a half-century for Spalding 1sts in their win over Boston. (15020615)
Josh Newton hit a half-century for Spalding 1sts in their win over Boston. (15020615)

Their toe-to-toe fight this season makes it hard to believe it will not be one of them that wins the championship on September 14.

Today and the reverse fixture on September 14 could yet prove to be crucial in the final outcome of the title race.

However, Skegness 1st will also fancy their chances of making a late challenge for the title, having won four on the bounce and with a match in hand on Bourne and Spalding.

In any event, Miles is not looking beyond this weekend and said: “We’re really looking forward to it.

“These are the big games that you want to be involved in as players.

“Bourne are in good form and have some good players who we’re aware of,but if our players turn up and play how they can then I’m confident we will do well.”

Last weekend Bourne beat Billingborough by 18 runs at Abbey Lawn while Spalding won by 89 runs at Boston, with Josh Newton hitting a half-century and seamer Jack Barratt taking 5 for 35.

Josh Bentley will be hoping to pile on the runs for Bourne at Spalding after managing just seven in his side's 18-run win against Billingborough.
Josh Bentley will be hoping to pile on the runs for Bourne at Spalding after managing just seven in his side's 18-run win against Billingborough.

Miles said: “Jack bowled really well. He’s just come back from travelling so to see him in that sort of form with the ball was great for the team at this stage of our season.

“Every game is a big game for us now .”

The skipper confirmed that the club will support the first team being promoted to the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League next year should they win the league.

“Yes, we’d like to go up,” he added.

“But first of all we need to make sure we do our best on the pitch to secure the championship and then see to it that our ground ticks all the boxes.”

South Lincs and Border League

Premier Division (top 4) P W L Pts

Bourne 2nd 16 11 2 247

Spalding 1st 16 11 2 244

Skegness 1st 159 4 211

Woodhall Spa 2nd 178 5 211



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