Last year’s title ECB Premier League challengers Billingborough triumphed with an emphatic victory over Stamford Town.
Dave Newman made 65 of the village side’s 207 for five before Roy Tilley’s eight overs brought him five wickets for 12 runs as Stamford were all out for 84.
Newly promoted Welby got a win under their belts, beating Sleaford 2nd by 64 runs while Daniel Turner’s 59 put Belton Park on track for a 93 run win over Grantham for whom Neil Stevenson took six for 39. And Skegness 2nd scored a 100 run win over Moulton Harrox, Aiistair Ainsworth making 79 for the seasiders.
Archie Stroud put in another good performance for Bourne 2nds, taking five Lindum Ramblers wickets for 29 runs to help his side to a six wicket win, Tom Bentley hitting 54 for Bourne.
Boston’s quest for an immediate return the premier league got off to a good start with a nine wicket win over Woodhall Spa 2nd who were bowled out for 99, Tom Baxter claiming four victims. Rowan Evans then hit an unbeaten 62 to take Boston to victory.
Elsewhere in Division One, John Lamin took five for eight in 6.3 overs to help Baston to a 27 run win over Market Deeping 2nd while Long Sutton went on to claim a nine-wicket win over Friskney after Phil Edgeller has taken four for seven off seven overs.
Boston 2nds couldn’t emulate their first team, going down to Stamford Town 2nd by 78 runs but Simon Behan’s 56 helped Blankney to victory over Thomas Cook.
The tightest game of the day was in Division Two where Long Sutton 2nd had just one wicket standing when they scored the winning run at home to Timberland who had been bowled out for 108.
Elsewhere, Cavaliers set Welby 2nd a target of 205 for nine, Jamie Hayes hitting 68 and Andrew Spencer taking five for 39 for the visitors. Paul Ingram then claimed six for 23 as Welby were all out for 62.
Grantham 2nd went down to Freiston by 10 wickets, Goodfellow taking five for 29, while a higher scoring game at Spalding saw Burgh & District make 171 for nine, a target Pinchbeck reached for the loss of five wickets, Danny Jackson with 72.
And Claypole continued their good start, bowling Spalding 3rd out for 110. Having then been reduced to 48 for six, Ben Ryder and Luke Endley came to the rescue with an unbeaten stand to take Claypole to victory.
Woodhall Spa 2nd 99, Boston 101-1 (Evans 62no);
Welby 176, Sleaford 2nd 112-9;
Belton Park 194 (D Turner 59, Stevenson 6-39), Grantham 101;
Billingborough 207-5 (Newman 65), Stamford Town 84 (Tilley 5-12)
Lindum Ramblers 159 (A Stroud 5-29), Bourne 2nd 161-4 (Bentley 54);
Skegness 2nd 219-4 (Ainsworth 79), Moulton Harrox 119
Thomas Cook 133-7, Blankney 135-4 (Behan 56no);
Baston 128, Market Deeping 2nd 101 (Lamin 5-8);
Friskney 47, Long Sutton 51-1;
Stamford Town 2nd 184-8, Boston 2nd 106;
Cavaliers 205-9 (Hayes 68, Spencer 5-39), Welby 2nd 62 (Ingram 6-23);
Burgh & District 171-9, Pinchbeck 172-5 (Jackson 72);
Grantham 2nd 89 (Goodfellow 5-29), Freiston 92-0;
Spalding 3rd 110, Claypole 112-6;
Timberland 108, Long Sutton 2nd 109-9;