COUNTY CRICKET ROUND-UP: South Lincs and Border Leagues
A good weekend for Boston saw the First XI top the 300-point mark in the South Lincolnshire & Border League Premier Division, while Chris Morley and Tom Poole both scored centuries for the Seconds to keep their side second in Division One.
Against second-placed Woodhall Spa Seconds, the league leaders were bowled out for 252, Saihan Azim making 51 after Kieran Evans (46) and Dave Newman (48) had got the innings off to a good start with an opening stand of 92.
Woodhall recovered from losing two early wickets, number seven Peter Jackson sharing good partnerships with Kieran Richardson and Alfie Lindsey but with 43 to his name, Jackson ran out of partners as the final wicket fell on 214.
Liam Dave hit the division’s top score of 85 but could not prevent Stamford Town’s defeat by Sleaford Seconds from whom Jack Wilson made an unbeaten 64.
Sleaford are now just six points behind Woodhall with Bourne, who beat Long Sutton, in fourth place.
John McDougall took his runs tally for the season to 569, hitting 67 as Market Deeping Seconds tightened their grip on the Division One title, beating challengers Freiston by just three wickets.
Lower down the table, Lindum Thirds moved away from the relegation area with a win over Welby but Billingborough Seconds remain in danger after being on the receiving end of Boston’s two centuries.
Baston and Timberland continue to battle it out for the Division Two championship with Timberland currently in pole position, just three points ahead of their rivals.
John Lamin made 59 in Baston’s win over Burgh & District while Simon Behan (73) and Ian Mickleburgh (58) contributed to Timberland’s victory over Belton Park Seconds.
The highest team score was at Spalding where Graves Park hit 306 for eight against the home side’s Third XI, Liam Maskell with 140.
Steve Clements then took five for 20 as Spalding collapsed to 48 all out.
Results: Premier Division - Moulton Harrox 127 (Broomfield 51), Spalding 128-5; Grantham 2nd 262-7 (Clark 74), Belton Park 160; Stamford Town 152-8 (Dave 85), Sleaford 2nd 153-6 (Wilson 64no); Long Sutton 184-9 (A Wright 56no), Bourne 2nd 190-6 (J Evison 64no); Boston 252 (Saihan 51), Woodhall Spa 2nd 214; Lindum Ramblers 204-7 (Alford 55), Billingborough 140 (Pullum 74); Division One - Skegness 2nd 123, Cavaliers 128-4; Welby 125, Lindum 3rd 129-1; Long Sutton 2nd 152-9, Heckington 153-2 (Glendinning 76no); Boston 2nd 322-3 dec (Morley 102, Poole 138), Billingborough 2nd 44; Freiston 178, Market Deeping 2nd 181-7 (McDougall 67); Division Two - Graves Park 306-8 (Maskell 140), Spalding 3rd 48 (Clements 5-20); Baston 161-9 (Lamin 59), Burgh & District 91; Grantham 4th 147, Pinchbeck 150-4 (Jackson 70); Timberland 224-6 (Behan 73, Mickleburgh 58), Belton Park 2nd 155.