Birch boys bag a dozen wickets for Stamford

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Stamford’s Birch boys enjoyed an brilliant wicket-taking spree on Saturday, between them bagging 12 scalps for just 43 runs in the South Lincs League.

Sixteen-year-old Alex took 5 for 13 in Stamford’s premier division victory at Belton Park while dad Chris claimed 7 for 30 in Stamford 2nd XI’s division one clash with title-challengers Baston.

Stamford Town moved back into third in the top flight after beating Belton Park by 8 wickets.

Town opted to bowl first and after dismissing openers Daniel Reynolds (20) and James Moore (30) in quick succession reduced Park from 46 for 1 to 63 for 4 and then 89 all out with a total of five batsmen out for a duck as the visitors lost six wickets for two runs at Uffington Road.

It didn’t take long for Stamford to reach their target, making 93 for 2 of 17.4 overs.

Jon Morley struck an unbeaten 109 for Stamford 2nd XI at promotion-chasing Baston in the first division as Town won by 66 runs.

Morley fired 11 4s and five 6s and Henry Martin added 64 not out, which he made off 67 balls with five 4s and three 6s to help Stamford to 220 for 4.

Adam Hilless (1 for 42) and Steve Richardson (3 for 25) caused most damage with the ball for Baston.

Baston reached 154 in reply with several contributions including Jon Howard (32), Liam Davies (42), John Lamin (25) and Ben Hudson the highest scoring batsmen.

Along side Birch Snr’s magnificent seven, Ben Peck took (1 for 26), Scott Chamberlain (1 for 25) and Jason MacBeath (1 for 20).

Elsewhere in the South Lincolnshire and Border League, Boston and Billingborough maintained the status quo at the top of the premier division, both gaining 20 points.

Scott Elleray’s 6 wickets for 9 runs put paid to Welby’s pursuit of Boston’s 242 for 7 while Billingborough declared after 29 overs on a massive 261 for 3 against Moulton Harrox who were bowled out for 184.

Luke Hollingworth made 96, Dave Newman 64 and Steve Scott an unbeaten 50 for Billingborough.

Cleton Payne made the only century in this division, scoring 103 of Grantham’s total of 200 for three, but this wasn’t sufficient to beat Bourne 2nd who won by five wickets.

James Keywood made 68no for Bourne with Sam Evison (30) and David Christmas (36) helping push Bourne to 201 for 5 in the 43rd over.

Stamford 2nd’s victory lifted them up to third place, two points ahead of Baston, with Friskney now in second place following their 10 wicket win over Thomas Cook.

Nick Andrews hit the second century in this division, with 106 to help Market Deeping 2nd XI to 216 for 4 but it was a total Billingborough 2nd XI overtook with two wickets in hand.

Premier Division

Boston 242-7, Welby 85; Billingborough 261-3 dec, Moulton Harrox 184; Grantham 200-3, Bourne 2nd 201-5; Woodhall Spa 2nd 143, Skegness 2nd 144-4; Belton Park 89, Stamford Town 93-2; Lindum Ramblers 80, Sleaford 2nd 84-2.

Division One

Stamford Town 2nd 220-4, Baston 154; Thomas Cook 101, Friskney 103-0; Boston 2nd 211-5, Spalding 2nd 178; Market Deeping 2nd 216-4, Billingborough 2nd 220-8; Moulton Harrox Sunday 150, Blankney 152-2.