Cricket: Billingborough take spoils against Moulton Harrox

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BILLINGBOROUGH earned a much-needed victory in the South Lincs and Border League Division 1 clash with Moulton Harrox.

In only their second game of the season and playing catch up to both Spalding and Stamford, Billingborough couldn’t afford any slip ups.

With the toss won, Boro’ skipper Paul Goodwin elected to bat on a brand new wicket.

Opening pair Geordie Scott and Dave Newman started brightly punishing anything short, full and wide. It was a cracking pitch with very little margin for error.

Geordie raced to 25 with 20 of those in boundaries before mistiming a drive and getting caught off Matt Barnett’s bowling. Steve Scott soon came and went, again mistiming his shot for one. Lowth got seven while Gollop was bowled for five, leaving Billingborough on 76-5.

With Newman still at the crease and looking solid, Harrison joined the crease with a much-needed partnership required. Newman reached his half century before being dismissed for 52 with the score on 102-6. With Harrison scoring freely and quick fired runs from the other end, Billingborough finished on 162 all out. Harrison ended on 34.

The total meant Billingborough had to attack with the ball to get the result that is much needed. They didn’t disappoint.

Geordie Scott hit the mark straight away, dismissing Jack Barnett for his third duck of the season, caught behind. The next ball was far to good trapping Cusack LBW for 0. Harrox were 0-2 after two overs.

Harrox main stay was Will Jex, solid from the front, but he was helpless as he watched Boro’s bowling dismantle the rest of the batting line up.

Dave Gollop was on fire from ball one and was at times unplayable. Harrox just had no answer to this onslaught.

With Jex finally departing for 36 with possibly the catch of the season, a one-handed diving catch at first slip off, Harrox were in tatters thanks to the bowling of Gollop,

With effectively 48 overs to bat Harrox were all out for 87 in the 36th. Gollop finished with outstanding figures of 8-2-19-5

Billingborough 1sts next match is Wednesday at 6.20pm at Sleaford Cricket Club against Spalding in the cup. That will be followed by a home fixture against Belton park Saturday, June 2.