Tight at the top as Stamford and Billingborough both win

Just three points separate the top three teams in the South Lincolnshire & Border League Premier Division.

Billingborough top the table with 118 points out of a possible 120 with Boston and Stamford Town both on 115. Bourne 2nd XI are not far behind on 108.

Billingborough notched up the highest score of the day with 244 for seven before bowling Welby out for 146 while second-placed Boston beat Skegness 2nd by nine wickets.

Stamford, who have played one more game than their rivals, hit 212 against Woodhall Spa 2nd but were unable to clinch 20 points as their opponents’ final pair held out to 117 for nine. Chris Bore hit 52 for Stamford.

Billingborough’s Luke Hollingworth hit the division’s top individual score with 83 while Darren Ashley returned the best bowling figures, taking seven for 12 in Grantham’s victory over Lindum Ramblers.

Rob Bentley made 54 for Bourne, whose 122-5 was enough to beat Belton Park.

Long Sutton and Baston continued their battle at the top of Division One, Baston claiming victory over Heckington while Long Sutton scored a convincing win over Moulton Harrox Sunday.

Tom Dale was the pick of the division’s bowlers, taking six for 26 for Spalding in a tight game against Stamford Town 2nd who were all out for 123 then claimed nine Spalding wickets before the visitors scrambled to victory.

Premier Division

Belton Park 118, Bourne 2nd 122-5 (R Bentley 54); Skegness 2nd 161-8 (Ainsworth 60), Boston 164-1 (Moore 56, Baxter 68no); Stamford Town 212 (Bore 52), Woodhall Spa 2nd 117-9; Billingborough 244-7 (Hollingworth 83), Welby 146 (Tickler 64); Grantham 216-5 (Payne 82), Lindum Ramblers 68 (Ashley 7-12); Sleaford 2nd 178-9 (Hutson 75), Moulton Harrox 107 (Rickett 5-24).

Division One

Baston 177-8, Heckington 95; Thomas Cook 120, Billingborough 2nd 121-6; Stamford Town 2nd 123 (Dale 6-26), Spalding 2nd 127-9; Friskney 114, Boston 2nd 115-7; Blankney 95, Market Deeping 96-4; Long Sutton 2nd 166 (Bull 60, Woodall 5-46), Moulton Harrox Sunday 29.