Howard century as Baston return to form

Jon Howard hit 105 off 113 balls
Jon Howard hit 105 off 113 balls
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Baston batsman Jon Howard smashed a superb 105 off 113 balls as Baston beat Deeping 2nd XI to maintain their push for promotion.

The visitors won by 91 runs at Outgang Road to remain in second place - level on points with third-placed Friskney - in division one of the South Lincs and Border League.

It was the perfect way to bounce back from two defeats on the spin and they got off to a flyer after Deeping skipper Joe Pearson elected to bowl first on an excellent track.

Howard and Liam Davies opened up for Baston and Howard looked in fine form as he flayed several deliveries to the cover and point fence. Davies (9) played the anchor role well before falling to a good bouncer from Ross Lowndes, which popped up and was caught in the gully.

Guy Cunningham joined Howard and the two went after the Deeping attack with a 108 partnership before Cunningham was stumped for a run-a-ball 49.

Howard pressed on to score his maiden century with 19 fours before he was caught in the deep.

Deeping began to get back into the game with Nick Andrews taking two wickets in two balls as Tom Hames and Lloyd Stewart went without troubling the scorers.

Ben Hudson joined Lamin at 170-5 with 10 overs left, twice smashing Andrews’ deliveries into the pavilion for six. Hudson (47) was caught out on the final ball of the innings with Baston posting a competitive 234-7 from their 45 overs.

Andrews, who took 4 for 49, then gave his side a decent crack with the bat, top-scoring with 67.

Fellow opener Nick Green added 47 but his demise triggered a mini-collapse with a flurry of cheap wickets.

With 9.3 overs left and Deeping needing over 10 per over, the heavens opened. Half an hour of rain looked like killing off the game for a draw but Deeping came back out to bat after an hour - a gesture that Baston may well be grateful at the end of the season to enable them to seal the victory.

Skipper Tim Dyer and John Lamin rattled through the overs, with Lamin finishing with 4-23 from his 11 overs.

Dyer said: “It’s good to win after the last two games ended in poor defeats.

“We’re all delighted for Jono getting his first century. He deserves it for his batting this year, he’s been brilliant for us.”