Stamford take maximum points and Bentley bags six for Bourne

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Stamford Town Cricket Club got their South Lincolnshire and Border League season off to the ideal start on Saturday.

Of the eight premier division teams involved in games on the opening, only Stamford came out with a maximum 20 points.

Stamford’s innings ended on 225 for nine and Bill Hall’s five for 12 helped bowl Moulton Harrox out for 85.

Elsewhere Rob Bee made the division’s only century with 101 as Woodhall Spa finished on 200 for six before bowling newly promoted Welby out for 154.

Rob Bentley was also among the wickets with six for 45 for Bourne 2nd who were all out for 142 with Archie Stroud making 61. Paul Roberts hit an unbeaten 74 for Sleaford 2nd but Bentley’s haul helped his side to a 14 run victory.

Alistair Ainsworth hit 90 of the Skegness total of 192 for six and Belton Park where then bowled out for 114.

Billingborough begin their matches at home to Stamford Town Saturday, when Bourne 2nd XI Will host Lindum 2nd XI.

Division One’s century maker in a tense, high scoring game, was Lloyd Stewart whose unbeaten 102 saw Baston reach 232 for eight, Jon Howard with 51. For Moulton Harrox, Karl Hibbert made 64 and Henry Lavery 63 not but five for 18 from Felix Cunningham helped bowl Moulton out for 221.

Friskney got their Division One campaign off to a good start with victory over Thomas Cook while Stamford Town 2nd won a tight game against Market Deeping by just two wickets, Neil Lowndes taking five for 19 for Deeping.

Premier Division

Stamford Town 225-9, Moulton Harrox 85 (Hall 5-12); Bourne 2nd 142 (A Stroud 61), Sleaford 2nd 128 (Roberts 74no, R Bentley 6-45); Skegness 2nd 192-6 (Ainsworth 90), Belton Park 114; Woodhall Spa 2nd 200-6 (Bee 101), Welby 154;

Division One

Spalding 2nd 74, Boston 2nd 75-3; Friskney 158, Thomas Cook 84; Market Deeping 2nd 121-7, Stamford Town 2nd 123-8 (Lowndes 5-19); Baston 232-8 (Howard 51, L Stewart 102no), Moulton Harrox 221 (Hibbert 64, Lavery 63no, F Cunningham 5-18);

Long Sutton v Heckington – Heckington conceded.