Billingborough secure South Lincs title

Billingborough Cricket Club. Back, Chris King, Steve Scott, Dave Newman, Wayne Chessum, Roy Tilley. Front, Michael Musson, Luke Hollingworth, Dave Gollop, Paul Goodwin, James Ealand, Rutvik Botadra
Billingborough Cricket Club. Back, Chris King, Steve Scott, Dave Newman, Wayne Chessum, Roy Tilley. Front, Michael Musson, Luke Hollingworth, Dave Gollop, Paul Goodwin, James Ealand, Rutvik Botadra
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Billingborough clinched the South Lincs and Border League championship with two games still to go after beating Woodhall Spa 2nds.

But three teams continue to contest the runners-up spot – Bourne 2nds, Stamford Town and Boston.

Against Billingborough, Woodhall Spa won the toss and opted to bowl.

Andy Scott (50no) and David Gollop (56) top scored for Billingborough with Michael Musson chipping in with a 35 as they made 212 all out.

Woodhall’s Rob Bee scored the most runs of the day - 80 - but Chris Guest was the only other batsman to reach double figures for the home side who were all out for 141.

Billingborough’s Roy Tilley (4-23) and Rutvik Botadra took (3-55) were the main wicket takers with Dave Newman also getting two for 28 and Steve Scott finishing on 1-10.

Bourne beat Boston to stay second after David Christmas hit 63 runs and took five wickets while Stamford defeated fifth-placed Grantham by five wickets.

Moulton Harrox moved out of the bottom two following their victory over Belton Park who are now in the relegation zone.

Rob Bee hit the Premier Division’s highest total with 80, Oliver Smith made 72 not out for Lindum Ramblers and Andrew Hulme scored an unbeaten 71 for Stamford.

In Division One, Long Sutton need just five points to clinch top place while Stamford Town 2nds are guaranteed at least second place. Long Sutton beat former title contenders Baston while Stamford got the better of Blankney by just two wickets in a low scoring game.

Steve Elleray hit the only century in this division, making 101 of Boston 2nd’s 261 for eight. Market Deeping 2nd then reached 201 for seven, Callum Moses taking six of the wickets.

The day’s top scorer was Chris Dobbie who hit 138 for Claypole in Division Two. But this wasn’t enough to stop Long Sutton 2nds claiming a four wicket win and the Division Two title.

Cavaliers lost their chance to secure second place when they went down to Pinchbeck by two wickets and must now look to gain 13 points from their final match to fight off the challenge of Lindum 3rd who have two games in hand.

Stewart Kirtley also topped 100 with an unbeaten 114 in Frieston’s victory over Welby 2nd while Phillip Kimber scored 121 for Lindum 3rd who went down to Spalding 3rd by 23 runs in a high scoring game in which Chris Klompas hit 93 for Spalding.

Premier Division

Skegness 2nd 220-6 (Hewitt 67), Sleaford 2nd 221-5 (Godby 61)

Welby 214-7 (Youles 57), Lindum Ramblers 215-8 (Smith 72no)

Bourne 2nd 209-7 (Christmas 63, Bentley 50), Boston 127 (Christmas 5-34)

Grantham 163, Stamford Town 166-5 (Hulme 71no)

Moulton Harrox 224-7 (M Barnett 50), Belton Park 170

Billingborough 212 (Scott 50, Gollop 50), Woodhall Spa 2nd 141 (Bee 80)

Division One

Blankney 108 (Dytham 5-26), Stamford Town 2nd 112-8

Long Sutton 225-9 (Barnes 78, Edgeller 69), Baston 92

Boston 2nd 261-8 (Elleray 101), Market Deeping 2nd 201-7 (Moses 6-32)

Thomas Cook 142, Heckington 112

Friskney 190-7, Billingborough 2nd 173-8

Spalding 2nd 245-5 (S Juckes 70), Moulton Harrox Sunday 100 (R Gilbert 6-23)

Division Two

Grantham 2nd 104 (Donellan 60), Burgh & District 106-0

Freiston 299-6 (Kirtley 114no, Sexton 62), Welby 2nd 91

Boston 3rd 175-6, Timberland 120

Cavaliers 167, Pinchbeck 168-8;

Spalding 3rd 275-9 (Klompas 93), Lindum 3rd 252-9 (Kimber 121)

Claypole 208 (Dobbie 138), Long Sutton 2nd 211-6