Cricket: Stamford ready for crunch match against Billingborough

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Stamford Town 1sts are facing a potentially make or break game against Billingborough tomorrow after a disappointing defeat to Boston on Saturday.

Stamford now lie fourth in the South Lincs Premier Division but just 16 points off league leaders Boston.

If they are going to have any chance of a run at the top spot they need to start racking up the points.

Stand-in Stamford skipper Liam Davé admits they were beaten by the better team on Saturday, but the side now have to pick themselves for the clash game against second-placed Billingborough.

He said: “Our fielding was a little lacklustre at times and on the day they were the better side.

“It places more importance on the game against Billingborough.”

Stamford only made 167- 8, with only Zak Chappell (60) and Simon Prenitice (34) making any real inroads on the steady Boston attack.

Two early wickets gave Town hope with Suneel Appan( 2 for 28) and Bill Hall( 1 for 44) coming to the fore, along with Steve Armstong (1 for 32, from 12 overs) but ultimately the home 
side prevailed, finishing on 170-6.

Stamford lost to Billingborough early in the season, however they were under strength and will take to the field at home a different prospect.

Davé said it was all to play for.

He said: “Our batting has rather been hit and miss and there are a few players who can hit big scores and we look like world beaters but what we need to do sometimes is everyone to get decent scores and grind out wins.

“We need to work on getting ourselves out of difficult situations.

“You take to the field wanting to win every game and that’s what we will do and we’ll take whatever comes with that.”