Bourne 2nds and Baston chasing division leaders in Border League

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Gaps are opening up in all three divisions of the South Lincolnshire & Border League with the leaders in each still unbeaten.

Boston have a 24 point advantage over Bourne 2nd in the Premier Division following their eight wicket win over Woodhall Spa 2nd in which Scott Elleray took six wickets while Market Deeping lead by 37 in Division One where second placed Freiston have a game in hand.

Deeping won a high scoring game against Lindum 3rd, Ryan Bainborough making the day’s only century with 109 as Deeping racked up a total of 243 for four but were unable to bowl out their opponents who finished in 216 for seven, Ollie Alford with 76.

A much lower scoring match saw Freiston win by three wickets against Welby for whom David Curran took five wickets.

Two teams are dominating Division Two - Claypole have 95 points from five matches while Baston have 74 from four.

Baston proved too strong for Burgh & District, bowling them out for 66 and going on to win by eight wickets, while Claypole put in their usual good batting performance, Matt Ragless hitting 91 and Dan Sullivan 69 in a total of 270 for nine. Grantham 4ths were then bowled out for 129 of which Ian Robinson made 71.

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Long Sutton were unable to match Bourne 2nd total of 154, being bowled out for 118. Sleaford moved into third place, beating Stamford Town by five wickets, Michael Shelley taking six for 52 and Simon Godby hitting an unbeaten 78.

Billingborough stay fourth despite going down to Lindum Ramblers for whom Joel Waller hit 53 and Harry Wells took six wickets while for Billingborough, Shaun Brown made 55.

Ansar Hussain hit 95 of Spalding 2nd total of 205 to which Moulton Harrox replied with 131 for six. And Belton Park scored their third victory of the season, beating Grantham 2nd by seven wickets.

The tightest game of the day was in Division One where Long Sutton 2nd ended just 10 runs short of Heckington’s 145 for nine, James Wilson taking six wickets for Heckington.

Tom Poole made 76 and Mick Troops 56 as Boston finished on 224 all out against Billingborough 2nd who were then bowled out for 68, Paul Deans taking five wickets for seven runs.

And at Peterborough, Reece Brant hit an unbeaten 53 to take Skegness 2nd to victory over Cavaliers.

In Division Two, Belton Park 2nd gained their first victory of the season, beating Timberland by three wickets, Harry Wright hitting 61 for Timberland.

And Graves Park fought out a high scoring game against Spalding 3rd, Tim Howsam with 51 and Martin Hodgson 54 in the league newcomers’ total of 256 for six. In reply, Spalding reached 211 before the final wicket fell, Jordan Butcher making 82 and Harry De Camos 58 and five of the wickets going to Jack Ashton.

Premier Division

Grantham 2nd 59, Belton Park 60-3;

Woodhall Spa 2nd 105 (Elleray 6-19), Boston 107-2;

Stamford Town 168 (Shelley 6-52), Sleaford 2nd 169-5 (Godby 78no);

Lindum Ramblers 170-8 (Waller 53), Billingborough 122 (Brown 55, Wells 6-20);

Spalding 2nd 205 (Hussain 95), Moulton Harrox 131-6;

Bourne 2nd 154, Long Sutton 118;

Division One

Cavaliers 181-5, Skegness 2nd 185-4 (Brant 53no);

Market Deeping 2nd 243-4 (Bainborough 109, Hyman 75no), Lindum 3rd 216-7 (O Alford 76);

Heckington 145-9, Long Sutton 2nd 135 (Wilson 6-22);

Welby 55, Freiston 59-7 (Curran 5-14);

Boston 2nd 224 (Poole 76, M Troops 56), Billingborough 2nd 68 (Deans 5-7);