South Lincs & Border League
BASTON’S John Lamin took six wickets as his team beat strugglers Burgh and District with a 26 run victory in division three of the South Lincs and Border League.
Skipper Tim Dyer opted to bat against a struggling Burgh side with openers Anthony Morris and Jon Howard paired together for the first time this year. And although Howard (9) was dismissed early on, a good partnership from Morris (25) and in-form batsman John Lamin (23) established a solid start for Baston who reached 60-2 off 20 overs.
Due to a mix of accurate bowling and defensive batting, Baston struggled to score freely. And other than a late explosive cameo from Ben Hudson (16), Baston stuttered to 136-9 from their 45 overs with Steve Richardson not out with 27 and 13-year-old Ant Morris jnr picking up his first ever run.
Chris Ripley was the most dangerous of the Burgh bowlers but it was Peter Blackmore who had the best figures with 3 for 7 off his three overs.
Baston had under-performed with the bat but were confident of bowling out Burgh who had lost several of their key players from 2010.
Doug Russell was given the new ball and opened up with a terrific spell of seam bowling with most of the balls far too good for the batsmen. Russell picked up two wickets from his 12 overs at a cost of just 17 runs.
Richardson kept it tight from the other end and at drinks Burgh were 47-2 but Baston needed to get wickets knowing that 136 would still be achievable for the home side.
Then up-stepped Lamin, who has been a revelation this year with his new found slow bowling. He was straight in the action taking five wickets in no time to clean up the Burgh middle order.
Captain Dyer supported well from the other end taking 2-33 from his 10 overs before Lamin took the final (and his sixth) wicket in the 44th over thanks to a smart stumping by Jon Howard.
Burgh opener Phil Sharp carried his bat for an unbeaten 47 and could have done with a bit more support from the rest of the batting order.
Lamin finished with 6 for 27 off 11.3 overs.
Baston skipper Tim Dyer said: “It was good to bounce back from the embarrassing North Luffenham defeat but there is a lot of room for improvement and we’ll have to raise our game to remain in the promotion hunt.”
Baston host Pinchbeck at The Shrine on Saturday.
l ELSEWHERE Billingborough won the battle between the top two in division one to take a 13 point lead over opponents Grantham.
Daniel Turner was the man of the match for Belton, taking five Bourne wickets then hitting 60 runs in his side’s eight wicket victory. Bourne’s 2nd XI remain bottom.
Market Deeping 2nds were beaten by Woodhall Spa 2nds.
Skegness lead division two, while Sleaford Sunday consolidated their second place with a win at Stamford, John Mountain and Phil Sneath each hitting centuries.
Billingborough, now third, are in a good position to challenge Sleaford, having two games in hand, as have Heckington for whom Sam Elliott took a hat trick in his 6-28 which helped his side to beat Thomas Cook.