Stamford lost by seven wickets to Bourne in the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division on Saturday.
Stamford were all out for 87 and Bourne soon knocked up a winning 88-3. Stamford are now in fourth, with Bourne just seven points ahead, although they have played one game more.
Billingborough are now 14 points clear at the top after piling on the runs at home to Belton Park, with Dave Newman hitting the day’s only century with 103 and David Gollop making 54 as the total reached 233 for seven.
But Belton also found some batting form as Dan Turner hit 60 and Nick Law 57 to finish on 192 for nine and deny their hosts maximum points.
Grantham pulled off the result of the day in division, inflicting a heavy defeat on leaders Boston and at the same time moving into the top half of the table.
Sam Peters decimated the top order, reducing Boston to eight for four before Tom Baxter and Tim Bell restored some order to the innings. But Danny Ashley then chipped in with three wickets as Boston were all out for 71, Baxter making 35.
Grantham lost a wicket with only one run on the board and the second on 26 but an unbeaten 45 from Martin Parmley saw the home side to a seven wicket win.
In the bottom of the table battle, Jack Barnett took the Premier Division’s only five wicket haul as Moulton Harrox overcame Welby by three wickets.
In Division One, Long Sutton marched on with a victory over Moulton Harrox Sunday but below them Baston and Friskney now share second place with Stamford Town 2nd only three points behind them with a game in hand.
Jon Howard hit 68 in Baston’s win over Boston 2nd while Friskney were involved in one of the day’s closest game, defeating Market Deeping 2nd by just nine runs, Rob Grant making 50 and Mick Troops taking five wickets for the victors.
Stamford 2nd’s win over Heckington was also by nine runs, Jon Morley making 56 in Stamford’s 114 all out while for Heckington Chris Morley took five wickets then went on to hit 53 runs. But six wickets for Chris Birch helped bowl the home side out for 105.
Cavaliers stayed within striking distance of Division Two leaders Long Sutton 2nd with a 20 point win over Claypole, Lewis Taylor taking five wickets and Jamie Hayes four, while Andy Wright hit 80 runs for Long Sutton in their victory over Welby 2nd.
Sutton stay 12 ahead of Cavaliers with Lindum 3rd in third place after their win over Freiston.
Burgh & District continued their good run with victory over Welby 2nd, Ashley Redgard hitting 61 and Phil Sharp claiming a hat trick in his five for 20 for Burgh. Eric Askin also claimed five wickets in Timberland’s win over Pinchbeck.
Stamford Town 87, Bourne 2nd 88-3;
Boston 71, Grantham 72-3;
Billingborough 233-7 (Newman 103, D Gollop 54), Belton Park 192-9 (Turner 60, Law 57);
Skegness 2nd 108, Lindum Ramblers 111-7 (Taylor 52no);
Woodhall Spa 2nd 125, Sleaford 2nd 126-3;
Welby 89 (J Barnett 5-21), Moulton Harrox 90-7;
Baston 201-6 (Howard 68), Boston 2nd 122;
Stamford 2nd 114 (J Morley 56, C Morley 5-35), Heckington 105 (C Morley 53, Birch 6-26);
Thomas Cook 152 (Shah 59), Billingborough 2nd 102 (Munshif 5-26);
Friskney 167-9 (Grant 50), Market Deeping 2nd 160 (M Troops 5-45);
Long Sutton 204-6, Moulton Harrox Sunday 79 (J Wright 7-25);
Blankney conceded to Spalding 2nd;
Long Sutton 2nd 160-8 (A Wright 80no), Welby 2nd 63;
Burgh & District 173 (Redgard 61), Spalding 3rd 61 (Sharp 5-20 inc hat trick);
Claypole 143 (L Taylor 5-27), Cavaliers 144-7;
Timberland 175-9, Pinchbeck 101 (Askin 5-23);
Grantham 2nd 179-8, Boston 3rd 116-9;
Lindum 3rd 160-9, Freiston 119;