CRICKET: Peck century as Stamford pick up victories

Photo: MSMP180812-010ow'Stamford CC Saturday 2nds v Blankney. Gary Peck batting for Stamford.

Photo: MSMP180812-010ow'Stamford CC Saturday 2nds v Blankney. Gary Peck batting for Stamford.

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GARY Peck hit an unbeaten 118 for Stamford seconds as both the club's sides enjoyed wins in the South Lincs and Border League on Saturday.

Town Seconds elected to bat first, and posted their highest total of the season, 243 for 4, with Peck pushing himself to the top of the division runs chart, carrying his bat for a splendid 118 not out, including 17 four. He also shared a 117-run stand with Jon Morley, who hit a belligerent 57, after Tim Juggins had added impetus to the innings, with a quickfire 31, and Alex Birch 20.

Richard Dytham (3 for 18) continued his fine, recent bowling form by taking the first three wickets to fall, with Scott Chamberlain mopping up the visitor’s tail, clean-bowling the last three batsmen (3 for 2), Jason MacBeath, although a bit more expensive removed dangerman David Thomas (63) as Town dismissed Blankney for just 101 in 23 overs.

Stamford's firsts won a close contest at Woodhall Spa by just nine runs, while the seconds enjoyed a comfortable 142-run win at home to a depleted Blankney side.

Stamford 1st XI only had three players at Woodhall Spa when the toss was taking place, due to severe traffic problems, but fortunately they won the toss, and makeshift openers Dave Piggott (41) and Steve Armstrong (29) made an excellent start, followed by skipper Liam Davé (23).

However arrival of the cavalry heralded a batting collapse until Andrew Hulme, batting at number 10, scored an uncharacteristically quick, unbeaten 28 to take Town up to 176 all out.

Despite Bill Hall bowling a tight 12 over spell for just 15 runs, Stamford were staring down the barrel until Neil Williams took hold of the ball, spinning his side to victory, taking five for 34 in just under seven overs to turn the game on its head. Simon Prentice provided solid support with 3 for 50 to help keep Town in the hunt for the title.

Town's title ambitions were given a boost by Billingborough's defeat at the hands of Lindum, a result which enabled Spalding to take top spot courtesy of their 117 run victory against Belton Park.

Lindum stayed fourth while at the wrong end of the table, Market Deeping 2nd XI kept their hopes of survival alive after an unbeaten 84 from Nick Andrews helped them to a win over Bourne 2nd.

Back in division two, Billingborough 2nd XI's Nathan Garfoot hit a massive 195, which included 17 sixes and 12 fours, to take his side’s total to 314 for seven against Heckington who replied with 142 for six.

Welby scored a seven wicket victory over Baston to consolidate their lead at the top of Division Two.

Results:

Division One - Sleaford 2nd 130, Grantham 52; Spalding 179-7, Belton Park 62; Market Deeping 2nd 178-4 (N Andrews 84no), Bourne 2nd 135-7; Stamford 176, Woodhall Spa 2nd 167 (Wright 53, Williams 5-34); Billingborough 150, Lindum Ramblers 151-9; Skegness 2nd 216-4 (Hewitt 100no, Nuttall 51), Moulton Harrox 107.

Division Two - Cavaliers 74, Spalding 2nd 76-3; Baston 117, Welby 118-3; Thomas Cook 132, Boston 2nd 133-7; Stamford 2nd 243-4 (Peck 118no, Morley 57), Blankney 101 (Thomas 63); Billingborough 2nd 314-7 (Garfoot 195, Duncan 55) Heckington 142-6 (Ogden 51).