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Deeping and Baston up for title challenge

Action from the Memorial Ground as Spalding 2nd lost to Grantham 2nd
Action from the Memorial Ground as Spalding 2nd lost to Grantham 2nd

Market Deeping and Baston consolidated their challenge for the Division One and Two championships in the South Lincolnshire & Border League.

John McDougall made 103 in Deeping’s win over title rivals Boston 2nd.

Richard Witt added 61 as they reached 200-3 with Boston falling 22 runs short of this total at the close.

Freiston stay second following their victory over Long Sutton 2nd.

Billingborough 2nd are now one point up on Welby after a high-scoring game against Lindum.

Shaun Brown hit 109 for Billingborough and Mike Stanley got 78 to take their side to 274 before bowling Lindum out for 250.

Division Two leaders Timberland were without a game so Baston and Claypole moved into pole position and second.

Baston recorded a nine-wicket win over Grantham 4th in the only other game played after overnight rain washed out the two remaining fixtures.

A double century for Belton Park’s Jake Pollard was the highlight of the weekend which saw Boston march on at the top of the Premier Division.

Pollard opened for Belton at home to bottom side Moulton Harrox and hit 30 fours and four sixes in his superb unbeaten innings of 201.

Wickets fell on 39, 103 and 170, the third one bringing Pollard’s brother Luke to the crease for a partnership of160 which ended when the home side declared on 330-3.

In reply, Moulton lost early wickets but 59 from James Cornwell helped the final total to 131.

This win put Belton Park well clear of the relegation zone where things remain tight.

Long Sutton now occupy 11th place after going down to Woodhall Spa 2nd who move into second behind Boston.

Above them are Grantham 2nd and Spalding 2nd who met at the Memorial Ground with the visitors coming out on top.

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