Spalding and Bourne suffer surprise defeats
The top two both suffered surprise home defeats in the South Lincs & Border Leagueon Saturday.
Both went down to only their second loss of the season, as Bourne 2nd were topled by Long Sutton and Spalding outdone by Freiston.
League leaders Bourne won the toss at Abbey Field and put the visitors in to bat, Long Sutton hitting 163 all out from their 43.2 overs. In reply, Bourne came agonisingly close but were bowled out for 158 off 38.3 overs, falling to only their second defeat of the campaign.
Freiston won the toss against Spalding and elected to bat, totalling 187-9 in their 45 overs, Jack Barratt taking 3-25 and Jonathan Miles 3-36. There was a wicket each for Brandon Andrews, William Naylor and Harry DeCamps.
In reply, Spalding lost the early wicket of Jon Manton but recovered with fellow opener Miles hitting 33 and Josh Newton 55. However, they struggled after this and only Jamie Juckes (24) showed and resistance as they were bowled out for 157 with just one wicket remaining.
Billingborough stay in the relegation zone after a defeat at Boston 2nd, where Ben Troops was the star man. The village side won the toss and elected to field, seeing Boston amass 169-7 from their 45 overs, Troops hitting 76. Paul Goodwin took 3-41 off 9 and there were also wickets for Henry Wardman, Aaron Pullam and Stuart Gollop.
In reply, Billingborough were bowled out 19 short of their victory target, Troops the thorn in their side again with 6-33. Pullum scored 31, Jonathan Parrish 20 and Goodwin 16.
In division one, a very wet outfield meant leaders Market Deeping 2nd did not play at Boston 3rd, giving second placed Moulton Harrox the chance to close the gap at bottom side Baston - one they gratefully accepted.
Baston won the toss and decided to bat but were skittled out for a meagre 74 in 22.2 overs, opener Andy Keen getting 29 of them and Liam Davies 13. Top wicket taker was Louis Greetham with 4-40 off 12, with Alex Baker 3-9 off six and Carl Lamming 3-21.
In reply, Harrox did not have it all their own way, but knocked off the runs required in 28.2 overs, with three wickets remaining. Opener Mike Kearns senior scored 16 and Matthew Barnett 31 not out. For Baston, Tim Dyer took 3-11 off 4.2, Will Hawkins 2-18 off 7 and there was a wicket apiece for Keen and John Lamin.
Pinchbeck fell to a sixth defeat this season, at home to Stamford, who won the toss and elected to field at Spalding Grammar School. The home side were all out for a disappointing 78 in 28 overs and the visitors still had four wickets left when they hit the winning runs after 21.2 overs.
In division two, Billingborough 2nds are fourth after defeating fifth placed Spalding 3rds at home.The visitors won the toss and put Billingborough in to bat, the home side hitting 158-6 in their 45 overs, Mark Pilgrim top scoring with 60, Harold Smith getting 26, Ben Stanley 14, Callum Scott 11 not out and Christy Turner 14. For Spalding, William Gardner took 2-33 off nine, Harry Birch 2-34 off 10 and Tom Decamps 1-22.
In reply, Spalding 3rds never looked likely to win and were all out for 88 of 39 overs, Callum Scott claiming bowling figures of 4-21 off 12, Mark Pilgrim 2-0 off just five balls, Tom Wesley 2-25 off 12 and Phoebe Spicer 1-7 off seven. For the batting team, Nigel Gardner scored 28 and Carl Andrews 30.
At Long Sutton, their second team won the toss and put Sleaford 3rds in to bat. The visitors scored 188-5 in a rain-reduced 43 overs but the heavens then opened and the match was cancelled without Sutton having a chance to bat.