Billingborough and Boston remain locked at the top of the South Lincolnshire and Border League Premier Division after both once again brought home 20 points with victories, but it was Stamford Town who recorded the division’s highest run chase.
Faced with a Sleaford 2nd score of 257 for eight, Stamford went on to win by seven wickets, thanks in part to 16-year-old Zac Chappell’s unbeaten 118 which came off 103 balls with 11 fours and four sixes.
Tom Bentley was the division’s only other century maker, his 115 taking Bourne to 230 for seven. Xante Xipu then took five wickets as Woodhall Spa 2nd were restricted to 184 for eight, a haul that was eclipsed by Sam Peter’s seven for 23 for Grantham in their win over Welby.
Billingborough enjoyed victory at home to Skegness 2nd while Boston beat Moulton Harrox.
In Division One, Tim Dyer was among the wickets for Baston, taking five for seven as his side beat Thomas Cook by four wickets. While Long Sutton continue to dominate the table, recording an eight wicket win over Blankney, only three points separate the three teams below them, Friskney just hanging on to second place despite being beaten by third placed Stamford Town 2nd who are one ahead of Baston in fourth.
One century was scored in this division, Will Charlesworth hitting 127 not out for Heckington who declared on 261 for six before bowling Boston 2nd out for 120.
In Division Two, Lindum 3rd recorded the highest score of the day, declaring on 300 for four after Will Marris had hit an unbeaten 127 and Ollie Alford 83. Timberland were then all out for 155.
Haris Nadeem finished with the division’s best bowling figures, his seven overs bringing him figures of six for six for Freiston who went on to beat Spalding 2nd by nine wickets, the same margin as leaders Long Sutton’s victory over Boston 3rd.
Grantham 193-7, Welby 69 (Peters 7-23);
Boston 251-9 (Azim 83), Moulton Harrox 123;
Billingborough 218-9 (Botadra 74), Skegness 2nd 114;
Sleaford 2nd 257-8 (Sneath 73), Stamford Town 258-3 (Chappell 118no, Dave 77);
Bourne 230-7 (T Bentley 115), Woodhall Spa 184-8 (McCarrick 89no, X Xipu 5-35);
Lindum Ramblers 134-6 off 27.4 overs v Belton Park – thunderstorm and heavy rain forced abandonment
Thomas Cook 115 (Sundar 62, Dyer 5-7), Baston 116-6 (Varmar 5-36);
Heckington 261-6 dec (Charlesworth 127no), Boston 2nd 120;
Stamford Town 2nd 236-8 (Peck 51), Friskney 220-9 (Griffiths 53, M Troops 63);
Spalding 2nd 194-6 (East 55), Market Deeping 2nd 168-9 (N Andrews 66, Clarke 5-39);
Blankney 131, Long Sutton 133-2 (Wright 64);
Billingborough 2nd 277-7 (Wells 85no, Botadra 76), Moulton Harrox Sunday 136;
Welby 2nd 127, Pinchbeck 128-5;
Burgh & District 137 (Johnson 61, Taylor 5-26), Cavaliers 139-6;
Lindum 3rd 300-4 dec (Marris 119no, Alford 83), Timberland 155 (Mickleburgh 52);
Grantham 2nd 108, Claypole 111-3;
Spalding 3rd 67 (Nadeem 6-6), Freiston 68-1;
Boston 3rd 66, Long Sutton 2nd 71-1;