Billingborough take the lead as Stamford knock Bourne off top spot

Billingbrough moved to the top of the South Lincolnshire and Border League on Saturday, capitalising on Stamford’s victory at previous leaders Bourne.

Boro took pole position in the premier division with a 20 point victory over Belton Park while Boston are just three points behind in second after beating Grantham. Stamford’s three wicket win over Bourne 2nd XI keeps them ahead of their opponents in third but the top two both have a game in hand on the two teams below them.

Bourne’s Tom Dixon made the division’s highest score with 72 while Rutvik Botadra took five wickets for Billingborough to give him 20 wickets this season.

Division One brought the closest game of the day. Having bowled Market Deeping 2nd XI out for a modest 96, Friskney reached 51 for three then quickly found themselves 61 for seven.

When the ninth wicket fell, just nine runs were needed for victory but with the total on 95, Jackson Andrews took his third wicket to give Deeping the slenderest of victories with Nick Andrews claiming five wickets.

Long Sutton extended their lead at the top to 21 points after beating Billingborough 2nd by eight wickets.

Baston stay second despite going down to Boston 2nd XI while Stamford Town 2nd lie third, just two points behind Baston for whom Jon Howard has notched up 200 runs and John Lamin has taken 20 wickets.

Results

Premier Division - Billingborough 205-8, Belton Park 113 (Botadra 5-32); Boston 174-9 (Evans 53), Grantham 80; Skegness 2nd 157-7, Lindum Ramblers 93; Woodhall Spa 2nd 109-5 (Dixon 54no), Sleaford 2nd 98; Bourne 2nd 184-7 (T Dixon 72), Stamford Town 188-7; Welby 59, Moulton Harrox 60-2.

Division One - Market Deeping 2nd 96, Friskney 95 (N Andrews 5-29); Blankney 59, Spalding 2nd 62-5 (N Gilbert 5-19); Billingborough 2nd 170-8 (Brown 65), Long Sutton 171-2 (Barnes 62); Baston 82, Boston 2nd 83-7; Heckington 78, Stamford Town 2nd 79-1 (Lynas 50); Thomas Cook 136, Moulton Harrox Sunday 125 (Morton 51).