Town move seamlessly into second

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STAMFORD remain second behind early leaders Spalding in the South Lincolnshire & Border League following last Saturday’s games.

Stamford beat Belton Park and Spalding beat Moulton Harrox and Belton Park respectively while Lindum Ramblers moved into third after beating Sleaford 2nd.

After the previous week’s disappointing loss, Town Firsts visited reached 170 for 7, in a match reduced to 35 overs per side.

Chris Bore (41), Dave Piggott (45) and Simon Lem (46) scored the bulk of the runs, on a seaming pitch, and this total proved too much for the home side, as Stamford’s seamers Andy White (4 for 21) and Bill Hall (3 for 17) both put in an economical spell, restricting Belton to just 107 for 9, culminating in a 63 run victory.

Billingborough were once again thwarted by the weather as an inspection of the Grantham pitch showed it was too wet to play.

Ben McCarrick notched up the day’s highest score with 98 for Woodhall Spa 2nd in a tight game against Bourne 2nd who finished their innings just 17 runs behind their opponents’ total.

An even tighter game in Division Two saw Welby beat Boston 2nd by 15 runs.

Boston remain top of the division but are now just one point ahead of Billingborough 2nd who scored a seven wicket victory over Baston, with newly promoted Blankney lying fourth.

Gary Peck hit the division’s highest total of 83 as Stamford’s 2nd XI beat Spalding 2nd.

Spalding had posted a decent 190 for 5 in their 40 overs with slow-bowler Gary Peck claiming 2 for 37 in an average fielding performance.

However Town made up for it, with a solid batting effort, as Peck dominated the visitors, hitting 83 at he top of the order, with fine support from Tom Dytham (23) in the middle order.

Brothers Steve and Phil Holland finished the job off with an unbeaten seventh wicket stand of 47, scoring 29 and 17 not out respectively.

League newcomers Lindum and Welby lead Division Three despite no play at the weekend – Lindum rained off at Burgh & District and Welby without a game after North Luffenham conceded.

Elsewhere, Boston 3rd beat Claypole who fell 18 short of their opponents total of 148 for four while Spalding 3rd beat Timberland by 27 runs, Jim Clarke hitting an unbeaten 72 for Spalding.