Spalding Town Cricket Club aiming to land the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division title
Spalding Town Cricket Club need seven points from their final match of the season on Saturday to be crowned South Lincs and Border League Premier Division champions.
Chris Dring’s side entertain Grantham 2nds at Moulton Seas End looking to leapfrog Skegness into pole position.
The two title rivals had contrasting fortunes on the penultimate weekend of the campaign, with Spalding beating Woodhall Spa 2nds by 26 runs while Skegness lost a low-scoring clash with Market Deeping.
Spalding had been put into bat against Woodhall and were restricted to 144-9 from their 45 overs.
Openers Jon Manton (21) and Ollie Dring (38) had got Spalding off to a solid start before Will Sharpe struck back with a 12-over spell of 5-21 which included five maidens.
Harry DeCamps then led a late revival for Spalding as the number 10 batsman was 20 not out at the close.
Nilantha Atapattu kept the Woodhall reply in check with 1-14 from 10 tight overs, while Will Naylor claimed 2-36 from eight.
Brandon Andrews and DeCamps then took control of the contest by returning 3-21 and 4-44 respectively as Woodhall were bowled out for 118.
Market Deeping 2nds must have feared the worst when they were dismissed for 86 by title-chasing Skegness.
Opener Josh Smith top-scored with 39 while Dave Gillett was 15 not out at the close for Deeping, who then ripped the Skegness batting line-up.
Matthew Mills claimed a majestic 7-11 from six overs with Javad Ghani taking 3-15 as Skegness were shot out for 29, leaving the Seasiders needing Spalding to slip up on Saturday to maintain top spot.
Moulton moved out of the bottom two relegation places in the Premier Division after a narrow final day win at Sleaford 2nds.
They had restricted their hosts to 169-8 with Harry Lovell, Stephen Coles and Maxwell Cusack all taking two wickets each.
Matt Rose then led the Moulton run chase with 65, while Clive Bayston added 26 and Henry Lavery made 28.
However, Harrox lost a flurry of wickets when well-placed at 143-3 and needed Coles and Cusack to keep their cool and steer them home to a one-wicket win.
Long Sutton finished the season in seventh place after losing by 32 runs at Grantham 2nds in their final game of the campaign.
Rob Simpson had taken 3-40 with Barry Stanway, Charlie Crisp and Jake Burton all collecting two wickets each as Grantham were bowled out for 161.
However, Sutton could only muster 129 in their reply with opener Adam Wright (38) and Stanway (20) their top scorers.
Fifth-placed Bourne 2nds saw their home game with Freiston abandoned due to heavy rain midway through the visitors’ innings.
Bourne had been bowled out for 183, with Freiston on 124-7 after 29 overs when rain stopped play.
Spalding 2nds’ match with Ancaster in Division One was cancelled, while Billingborough clinched the runners-up spot as Newborough beat Heckington to take the title.
Heckington 2nds look favourites to pip their Newborough counterparts to the Division Two title after beating Spalding 3rds in their penultimate match of the season.
Heckington hit 269-7 from their 45 overs despite Ollie Dring taking 2-30 for Spalding, who were bowled out for 92 in reply despite 41 from opener Dring.
Long Sutton 2nds ended their Sunday campaign with a 95-run home reversal against their Market Deeping counterparts in Division Four East of the Rutland League.
Matt Simpson struck 61 and Ben Rae made 24 as Deeping made 174-9 from their 40 overs, with Steven Milnes taking 3-23 for Long Sutton.
Joe Pearson then produced a fine spell of 4-12 from 4.4 overs as Long Sutton were bowled out for 79 in their reply.
Rae returned 2-4 from six overs, with Andy Shaw and Ethan English top-scoring with 17 for Long Sutton.