CRICKET: Stamford beat Bourne to go top

Josh Bentley batting for Bourne 2nd XI during Saturday's match at Stamford''Photo: SM230612-031ow
Josh Bentley batting for Bourne 2nd XI during Saturday's match at Stamford''Photo: SM230612-031ow
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STAMFORD Town moved to the top of South Lincolnshire and Border League Division One with a 20 point win over Bourne’s 2nd XI on Saturday.

Town won by nine wickets thanks to a dominant display by Stamford’s batsmen.

Bourne made just 71 for nine with Dean Smith absent from their batting line-up and Stamford showed little mercy. Liam Davé took three for a miserly 14 and Steve Armstrong’s bowling was almost as tight, claiming three for 15.

Only Joshua Bentley, who was run out on 29, offered any real resistance on a tough afternoon for Bourne’s batsmen. Andy White took the remaining scalps as Bourne’s innings ended in jkust 36 overs.

Stamford’s reply was swift and decisive with opener Andrew Hulme hitting an unbeaten 39 as Town rattled off the required 72 runs with the loss of just one wicket, Chris Bore who was caught by Matt Creaney off the bowling of Jordan Temple for 19.

Former leaders Spalding were without a game, and 2011 champions Billingborough took the opportunity to close in on the top two with a 20 point victory over Sleaford 2nd.

Steve Scott put in a man-of-the-match performance for Billingborough with an innings of 65 not out before taking four Sleaford wickets.

Newly promoted Skegness 2nd stay fourth after a four wicket win over Woodhall Spa 2nd, while lower down the table, Grantham recorded their first victory of the season, beating Moulton Harrox by 33 runs.

* DIVISION Two leaders Welby consolidated their lead with a victory over Cavaliers.

Boston’s 2nd XI are now 15 points behind despite a good win over fellow challengers Stamford Town 2nd in a bowlers’ game that five wicket hauls from Boston veteran Paul Deans and Stamford’s Chris Birch.

Results:

Division One - Bourne 2nd 71, Stamford Town 72-1; Woodhall Spa 2nd 113, Skegness 2nd 114-6; Grantham 187-5, Moulton Harrox 154; Billingborough 208-5, Sleaford 2nd 94;

Division Two - Heckington 159-9, Blankney 95; Stamford Town 2nd 96 (Deans 5-10), Boston 2nd 97-7 (Birch 5-16); Billingborough 2nd 101-9, Spalding 2nd 103-6; Cavaliers 111, Welby 112-4; Baston v Moulton Harrox – cancelled, rain.