Bourne back up to second in Border League
Bourne 2nds moved back to second in the South Lincolnshire & Border League Premier Division on Saturday with a nine wicket victory.
The victory sees Bourne move above Sleaford 2nds who were without a game.
However Boston now have a 22 point lead at the top of the top division following their seven wicket win at Long Sutton.
Despite the changeable weather, only three games were abandoned and four centuries were scored, two of them in Division Two.
Boston’s victory over Long Sutton came after Ben Vella had taken five wickets for the leaders while Adam Binns’ unbeaten 106 saw Bourne to victory over Moulton Harrox.
Billingborough and Spalding 2nd fought out the highest scoring match in the division with Mitch Griffiths making 84 of Billingborough’s total of 244. But Chris Dring was on even better batting form, making 150 not out to take Spalding to a seven wicket win and a move up the table into seventh place.
Woodhall Spa 2nds moved into fourth place with a win over Stamford Town and Euan and Angus Pickering made Lindum Ramblers victory over Grantham 2nd a family affair, hitting 55 and 51 respectively while Saikat Sarkar took five wickets. .
Market Deeping 2nds continue to dominate Division One despite an abandoned game at Skegness while newly promoted Freiston are now in second place after a tight game at Heckington which they won by just one wicket and Boston 2nd stayed in contention with a win over Welby.
Cavaliers and Lindum 3rds also fought out a nailbiter, the Peterborough side finishing on 196 for eight and Lindum failing by just five runs to meet their target.
Mark Richardson scored his maiden century for Baston who stay top of Division Two, 16 points ahead of Claypole who were beaten by Pinchbeck. Richardson’s 118 helped his side to 230 for six before Spalding 3rd were bowled out for 83.
The second century was scored by Liam Maskell with an unbeaten 115 for Graves Park whose 229 for six proved too much for Boston 3rd who finished on 151 for nine. Lee Eyett returned the day’s best bowling figures of six for 59 for Pinchbeck, including the wicket of Matt Ragless on 76. Claypole were all out for 183, a total Pinchbeck overtook for the loss of four wickets, Danny Jackson hitting 79.
An entertaining game at Belton Park was cut short by the weather after Burgh & District had made 163 for nine. Burgh’s last pair, Tim Bruce and Terry Wilkinson, shared an unbeaten stand of 53 while Mick Coulson took five for 15 for Belton Park 2nd who had reached 51 for one when rain stopped play.
Long Sutton 108-9 (Vella 5-25), Boston 109-3;
Moulton Harrox 164-9 (Wilson 50), Bourne 2nd 169-1 (A Binns 106no);
Lindum Ramblers 215-9 (E Pickering 55, A Pickering 51), Grantham 2nd 69 (Sarkar 5-14);
Stamford Town 172-7, Woodhall Spa 2nd 176-2 (P Timby 72, M Sargeant 60);
Billingborough 244 (Griffiths 84), Spalding 2nd 245-3 (Dring 150no);
Welby 61, Boston 2nd 63-3;
Cavaliers 196-8, Lindum 3rd 191 (Bauer 58);
Heckington 156 (Charlesworth 56), Freiston 159-9;
Grantham 3rd 197-6 (Kennedy-Short 50), Long Sutton 2nd 45-2 – match abandoned
Skegness 2nd 52-1 v Market Deeping – match abandoned
Graves Park 229-6 (Maskell 115no, Ashton 55), Boston 3rd 151-9;
Baston 230-6 (Richardson 118), Spalding 3rd 83;
Claypole 183 (Ragless 76, Eyett 6-59), Pinchbeck 184-4 (Jackson 79);
Burgh & District 163-9 (Coulson 5-15), Belton Park 2nd 51-1 – match abandoned