Victory for Billingborough widens gap ahead of Bourne and Stamford

Billingborough beat Stamford by four runs to widen the gap between the top two and the chasing pack in the South Lincolnshire and Border League.

Leaders Boston also won, beating Woodhall Spa 2nd XI, to maintain their four point advantage over Billingborough.

Cricket action: Stamford (fielding) v Billingborough - Zac Chappell bowls to Dave Newman'Photo: MSMP130713-144js

Cricket action: Stamford (fielding) v Billingborough - Zac Chappell bowls to Dave Newman'Photo: MSMP130713-144js

Bourne 2nd XI stay third despite losing to Lindum Ramblers by eight runs and Stamford are just four points behind Bourne after an even tighter game which saw Billingborough.

Billingborough made 207 for 7 only to see Stamford fight their way to 204 for 9 before the overs ran out.

David Gollop top-scored for Boro with a middle order 47 that included two 6s and six 4s. Earlier in the innings Steve Scott hit 44 and Michael Musson 38 to set Boro on their way but Stamford made it tough throughout. Several wickets fell cheaply with Liam Davé taking 3 for 27 off seven overs.

Davé then struck 38 and Zac Chappell 44 but Stamford’s chase fell frustratingly short.

At the top of the table, Tom Baxter took five wickets as Boston restricted Woodhall to 157 for 8 and went on to win by six wickets while Angus Pickering and Reece Brant were the top wicket takers in this division, Pickering with 7 for 26 for Lindum Ramblers against Bourne, and Brant 7 for 25 for Skegness in their win over Moulton Harrox.

Jon Howard hit the day’s only century as Baston beat Market Deeping 2nd XI to stay second in the second tier alongside Friskney – newly promoted this season – whose win over Moulton Harrox Sunday has put them on equal terms with Baston.

At the top of the table, Long Sutton have built a massive 47 point lead after a nine wicket win over Spalding 2nd XI.

Results

Premier Division - Woodhall Spa 2nd 157-8, Boston 158-4 (Azim 50no); Welby 179 (Sloss 59, Collings 5-33), Sleaford 2nd 180-5 (Sneath 58); Billingborough 207-7, Stamford Town 204-9; Lindum Ramblers 168-8 (Morley Barnes 59), Bourne 2nd 160 (A Pickering 7-26); Skegness 2nd 191-7 (Ainsworth 81), Moulton Harrox 126 (Brant 7-25); Belton Park 200-7 (Law 51), Grantham 13-1 – match abandoned, rain.

Division One - Thomas Cook 178-6, Blankney 179-8; Spalding 2nd 68, Long Sutton 69-1; Billingborough 2nd 100, Heckington 101-2; Baston 234-6 (Howard 101), Market Deeping 2nd 143-6; Stamford Town 2nd 223-7, Boston 2nd 123; Moulton Harrox Sunday 110, Friskney 111-5 (Griffiths 54).