COUNTY CRICKET ROUND-UP: South Lincs and Border League Divisions
Boston continue to dominate the South Lincolnshire & Border League Premier Division following a five-wicket win over Grantham Seconds, while Sleaford Seconds stay second after beating Bourne Seconds, who have slipped to fourth, a point behind Woodhall Spa.
At the bottom of the table, Lindum Ramblers’ battle to move out of the relegation zone received a boost when Angus Pickering’s 93 followed by a James Kempton hat-trick helped them to victory over Spalding Seconds.
Nathan Garfoot returned the division’s best bowling figures of six for 40 as Billingborough beat Long Sutton while Stamford Town claimed a six wicket win over Moulton Harrox and Woodhall Spa Seconds beat Belton Park by four wickets.
Division One saw the day’s only century, Mark Stanley making an unbeaten 119 as Billingborough Seconds notched up 256 for two, Richard Wells hitting 76.
Mark Pilgrim then took seven Long Sutton Seconds wickets to help his side to a 50 run win.
And Bhayven Shah also took seven wickets for Cavaliers in their victory over Grantham Thirds.
Leaders Market Deeping kept up their unbeaten record with a win over Heckington while Boston Seconds beat Lindum Thirds by 10 wickets.
Boston are just two points behind Deeping but have played two games more while Freiston’s challenge for honours was brought to a halt by fellow contenders Skegness Seconds who bowled their opponents out for 88, helped by Mark Elsom who took five for seven off 22 balls.
In Division Two, Tim Dyer celebrated his 300th wicket for Baston but could not prevent defeat at the hands of Belton Park Seconds.
This gave Timberland the opportunity to take over at the top following their victory over Pinchbeck who are still in contention for the championship.
Claypole are also still in the frame despite going down to Boston Thirds by four wickets while Spalding Thirds came out on top in the battle of the bottom two in the tightest game of the day, winning by just one wicket against Grantham 4th for whom Mason Hilldrith took five wickets.
Results: Premier Division - Grantham 111 (Vella 5-26), Boston 112-5; Long Sutton 111 (Garfoot 6-40), Billingborough 112-6; Moulton Harrox 154-9 (Barnett 56), Stamford Town 155-4 (Hulme 52); Sleaford 2nd 217 (T Bentley 5-73), Bourne 2nd 165; Lindum Ramblers 214 (A Pickering 93), Spalding 2nd 118 (Kempton 5-43 inc hat-trick); Belton Park 177, Woodhall Spa 2nd 179-6 (P Timby 80, Anderson 57); Division One - Lindum 3rd 144-9, Boston 2nd 148-0 (Morley 69no, Poole 64no); Cavaliers 227-9 (Matta 64, Taylor 62), Grantham 3rd 52 (Shah 7-22); Heckington 159-8 (Glendinning 86), Market Deeping 2nd 163-3 (Hyman 53no); Skegness 2nd 176-9 (Brant 66), Freiston 88 (Elsom 5-7); Billingborough 2nd 256-2 (Stanley 119no, Wells 76), Long Sutton 2nd 206 (Wright 52, Pilgrim 7-64); Division Two - Graves Park 54, Burgh & District 55-4; Grantham 4th 110, Spalding 3rd 111-9 (Hilldrith 5-37); Timberland 277-9 (Lowth 83, Hargrave 58, Eyett 5-67), Pinchbeck 161-7 (Jackson 51); Belton Park 2nd 199-7 (Clarke 52), Baston 179; Claypole 87 (Fox 5-33), Boston 3rd 88-6.