Stamford Town Cricket teams pick up important wins in the Lincs and Border League

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Both Stamford Town Saturday teams picked up an important win in their respective South Lincs and Border League matches.

The firsts beat Boston and the seconds took victory at home to struggling Ropsley.

Chris Bore struck his second century of the season, with 18 boundaries in an impressive 107, with Bryan Bennett weighing in with an unbeaten 53.

Opener Andrew Hulme made 40 also, out of a total of 258 for eight in their 45 overs.

Boston, in reply lost early wickets, mainly due to Brett Bennett (three for 43),and only finished 22 runs short, as Bill Hall (two for 44), and Simon Kent (two for 50) both picked up key wickets, with the latter also proving agile in the field, with two fine catches.

The second team also posted 258, but for just seven wickets, at home to Ropsley.

Jon Sewell set the team up with an excellent 80 after crucially sharing in a partnership of 82 with debutant Colin Nottage(28) after Gary Peck (27) and young Joe Morley (21) had fallen when both looking in commanding form.

Town then pushed on past 250 with another stand over 80 in just nine overs between Neil Williams (31not out) and perennial tailender Chris Birch, who also finished unbeaten on 52.

The visitor’s batting effort always struggled to keep up with the run-rate, and they closed on 157 for nine, 101 runs adrift, with the wickets shared between Chris Birch (3-39), Neil Williams (3-17) and Alex Birch (2-45) and 13 year-old Ben Peck with one for 20, after a fine opening spell.

Both of the Town club’s scheduled Rutland League matches fell victim to Sunday’s inclement weather.