STAMFORD Town’s first team narrowly lost to an exuberant Billingborough who claimed their third South Lincolnshire and Border League title in four years on Saturday.
Town lost by just 12 runs but did enough to secure second place in the first division, at their first attempt at his level.
Billingborough only needed three points (150 runs) to win the title, and batting first, Geordie Scott (13) was the first to fall, caught on the leg side to an excellent catch from Andrew Hulme. Dave Newman then fell for 18, caught at point off Jones.
Dan Duke then sealed the required points with 99 in his last game for Billingborough as the home side made 247 for 8. In an outstanding innings he smashed 7 sizes and was well supported by Steve Scott (25) and Andrew Wilson (29).
The ever-improving Michael Jones the pick of the Stamford bowlers, with 4 for 54, with Simon Lem also claiming two wickets.
With the league already won and Stamford already safely in second place, it was a battle of pride between the sides – Stamford had won earlier in the season.
Boro struck within the first over with Duke snicking Liam Davé behind first ball.
Chris Bore (20) and Tom Williams (39) maintained a quick scoring rate before both fell to the bowling of Roy Tilley
Andrew Hulme top-scored with a well played 76 before Steve Scott had him caught behind where Goodwin claiming four victims behind the stumps.
Scott finished with his season’s best figures of 10-0-49-6 as Stamford were eventually bowled out for 235 with Newman claiming Bryan Bennett’s wicket, caught on the boundary, for 42 off the bowling of Scott.
Boro’s last game of the season is away to Sleaford tomorrow.
l STAMFORD Town Saturday 2nd XI remain in with a chance of taking the second division title after a maximum points victory over Thomas Cook.
Town won by eight wickets and now need to accumulate 38 points from their final two matches on September 24 and 25.
Stamford bowled out their visitors for just 132 with Ben Peck the chief wicket-taker, taking 4 for 22.
Town reached their target in 32 overs as Andy Flynn batted through, ending unbeaten on 66 (with 10 fours), adding to his two stumpings in Thomas Cook’s innings
l Both of Stamford’s Rutland League sides fell to defeats on Sunday, the 1st XI agonisingly, by nine runs at home to Bourne, and the 2nd XI by a more convincing 72 runs at Long Sutton.
Town did very well to restrict local rivals Bourne to 153 all out with Michael Jones once again the star. He took four for 35 including three out of the top four batsmen. Richard Field, Liam Davé and Chris Birch all claimed two apiece as Tom Dixon top-scored for Bourne with 47.
Town’s reply stuttered badly in after Andrew Hulme had been stumped for 48, following on from Dave Piggott’s elegant 26. A gallant effort from Chris Birch, with an unbeaten 27, with good support from Field and Jones, just failed to steal an unlikely win from the jaws of defeat, as Charlie Hopkins and Ben Stroud both finished with three victims each for the visitors.
Stamford 2nd XI’s performance was dominated by a superb innings from young Zak Chappell, brilliantly stroking 12 fours in his 91.
He also took two wickets as Long Sutton posted 259 for 9 which was too much for Stamford, with only skipper Chris Bore (25) making inroads in Town’s 187 for 9.