Big win lifts Bourne to the summit

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Bourne Cricket Club’s 2nd XI moved to the top of the South Lincolnshire and Border League after cruising to 153 run win against Woodhall Spa 2nd.

Three half centuries helped the visitors to 249 for seven before Woodhall were bowled out for 96.

Rob Bentley (50), Tom Bentley (76) and David Christmas (55) provided the backbone of Bourne’s innings.

Hot on the heels of the leaders’ 81 points are Billingborough and Boston, both only three points adrift and with a game in hand, while Stamford Town are also on 78.

Steve Scott hit an unbeaten 56 that included two sixes for Billingborough who beat Skegness 2nd XI by eight wickets. Rutvik Botadra had taken four for 18 as Boro limited their hosts to just 104-8.

Paul Deans’ figures of six for eight helped Boston overcome Moulton Harrox while Stamford coasted to a nine wicket win after bowling Sleaford 2nd XI out for 84. Dave Piggott top scored with an unbeaten 42 as Stamford cruised to the target.

In Division One, Barry Stanway took seven for 16 as leaders Long Sutton bowled Blankney out for a meagre 31 – but the home side were made to fight all the way to retain their top position, losing seven wickets on their way to victory.

Baston stay second following a six wicket win over Thomas Cook and Friskney overcame Stamford Town 2nd to stay third.

Shaun Brown was the unluckiest player of the weekend, losing his wicket on 99 as Billingborough 2nd XI beat Moulton Harrox Sunday to move off the bottom of the table.

Market Deeping’s 2nd XI had a day to forget at home to Spalding 2nds. The visitors won by 108 runs, dismissing Deeping for just 78 in the 34th over.

Premier Division

Sleaford 84, Stamford Town 87-1; Skegness 2nd 104-8, Billingborough 105-2; Bourne 2nd 249-7, Woodhall Spa 2nd 96; Boston 228-6, Moulton Harrox 111; Grantham 138, Welby 117; Belton Park 147-8, Lindum Ramblers 148-5;

Division One

Friskney 232-6, Stamford Town 2nd 129); Blankney 31, Long Sutton 32-7; Thomas Cook 134, Baston 135-4; Spalding 2nd 186-9, Market Deeping 2nd 71; Heckington 203-8, Boston 2nd 189-5; Billingborough 2nd 300-7, Moulton Harrox Sunday 108.