Stamford Town’s second teams both enjoyed satisfying victories on a hot Sunday afternoon.
The Rutland League division three side were at home to Tilton and Lowesby, and the South Lincs side awat at Moulton Harrox.
Chris Bore led the way with a sparkling hundred in the Rutland League clash, after adding 160 with fellow opener Alex Birch, making 108. That include 13 fours and three sixes, out of a mammoth total of 312 for 3.
Birch fell for 48, agonisingly short of a deserved half-century, but this led to Simon Prentice and Simon Lem smashing quick runs at the end of the innings.
Prentice bludgeoned his way to an unbeaten 80, and Lem made 30no ,pushing Town above 300 for the first time this season. The only blemish being in-form Zak Chappell making just 16.
The visitors made a good fist of chasing their unlikely target and were half way there after 30 overs, but Town’s bowlers kept on plugging away
Eventually, Tilton were restricted to 258-8,with Tom Gadsby( 3 for 30) and spinner Alex Birch( 3 for 46) proving to be the pick of the home attack, earning a 54-run win in the end.
Stamford’s Saturday Seconds, who played on Sunday, posted a very useful 225-4 at Moulton Harrox, after Darren Lynas (33) and young Adam Chapman(23) had got them off to a very tidy start.
Good work followed on by the impressive batting of an ageless Neil Williams, who scored his umpteenth century for Stamford Town, finishing unbeaten on exactly 100, including 17 fours.
Neil was very well supported by left-hander Phil Holland, himself unbeaten on 39 at the end, with Jon Morley also making a useful 19.
The home side started well in reply, despite solid opening spells from father and son opening bowlers Richard and Tom Dytham, but then a flurry of wickets from Holland( 3 for 36) and the more fortunate Chris Birch( 3 for 46), including a sharp stumping for stand-in wicket-keeper Darren Lynas, swung the game back in Town’s favour.
Young Joe Morley(2 for 23) picked up a couple of important wickets in a very straight and controlled spell of bowling, as the home side ended on 161-8 from their 45 overs.
Twenty fours hours earlier, Town firsts had succumbed to South Lincs Premier Division leaders Boston, by four wickets, with just two balls to spare, after not really posting a competitive enough total.
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).
Ultimately the home side prevailed, much to the chagrin of stand-in skipper Liam Davé and the rest of his crestfallen side, making this Saturday’s home match against Billingborough the biggest league game of the season.