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Deeping defeated despite century opening partnership

Adam Hilless took four wickets in Baston's victory. (2810480)
Adam Hilless took four wickets in Baston's victory. (2810480)

Baston returned to winning ways in Division One of the South Lincs and Border League to maintain their promotion push after a three-wicket win against Claypole on Saturday.

They had been knocked off top spot last week after falling to their first defeat of the season against Graves Park.

But they bounced in style to leapfrog derby rivals Market Deeping 2nds to take second spot after they went down to a 26-run loss at Graves Park.

Baston had bowled Claypole out for 147 thanks a superb spell of 4-17 from 12 overs by Adam Hilless.

Andy Burrill bagged 3-26 and John Lamin took 2-43 as Claypole were reduced to 96-9 before a fine last wicket stand from Kristian Lennon (35no) and Matthew Revill (10) took them to 147.

Baston lost three of their top order cheaply, but Burrill (35) and Ben Hudson (34) rebuilt the innings as Baston moved from 25-3 to 61-4.

John Lamin (24) and an unbeaten 29 from Neil Baker then took them to the brink of victory and, despite losing a couple of quick-fire wickets, they eventually reached their target despite the efforts of Matthew Lyon who took 4-21 for the visitors.

Market Deeping 2nds' run chase fell 30 runs short despite a promising start to their reply against Graves Park.

The hosts had made 234-8 off their 45 overs with Liam Maskell making 72 and John Morris hitting 44 after Ross Lowndes had collected three wickets for Deeping.

Matthew Rose (70) and Richard Witt (44) laid the foundations for the run chase with an 118-run partnership for the first wicket.

However, the Deeping reply stalled after their departures and, despite 28 from Karl Green and Lowndes' unbeaten 23, they were 30 runs short at the end of their 45 overs.

There were Premier Division defeats for Billingborough, Stamford Town 2nds and Bourne 2nds.

Billingborough were beaten by 115 runs in their away match at Freiston after the hosts made 219-6 from 45 overs.

William Stubberfield struck twice for Billingborough who then lost wickets at regular intervals in their reply.

Mark Pilgrim top scored with 19 and Lewis Chessum cracked 17 runs late on as Billingborough were bowled out for 104 as Oliver Booth and Zakir Gatta both took three-wicket hauls for Freiston.

Stamford 2nds suffered a 10-wicket away loss at Grantham 2nds after Martin Parmley (75no) and Stewart Mudie (100no) eased the hosts home.

Town had made 189-8 from their 45 overs thanks to 51 from John Chell, Bryan Bennett's 21 and Muhammad Chaudhary making 38.

However, Stamford were unable to make a breakthrough in the Grantham reply as they raced to victory in 33 overs.

Bourne 2nds were beaten by six wickets against their Sleaford counterparts after the hosts had been bowled out for 133 at the Abbey Lawn.

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