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Matt makes super century and then takes three wickets in table-topping tussle

Market Deeping 2nds have opened up a commanding lead at the top of Division One of the South Lincs and Border League after a convincing victory over their closest rivals on Saturday.

Matt Rose hit a superb century to help Deeping to a 131-run win against second-placed Stamford 2nds at Outgang Road.

The visitors had won the toss and put Deeping into bat, but struggled to contain the home batsmen who racked up the runs throughout the order.

Matt Rose hits a six.
Matt Rose hits a six.

Ross Barnes (16) and Richard Witt (12) set the ball rolling before both fell to the bowling of Chris Birch.

This brought together Dave Sargeant and Rose who helped move the home side into a commanding position in the contest.

Sargeant struck 38 before being caught by Tommy Sayer off Brett Bennett while Rose continued to pile on the runs.

He made 106 before being bowled by Ben Doyle with Paul Bird (30) and Nilesh Patel (18no) helping Deeping make 265-6 off their 45 overs.

Birch was the pick of the Stamford bowlers with 3-47 from his 11 overs which included three maidens.

Rose then continued his one-man crusade to influence the contest for the home side by returning 3-10 from his seven over spell.

Muhammad Chaudhary (53) offered strong resistance, but Matt Green (12), Sayer (15) and Birch (12) were the only other batsmen to make double figures as Stamford were shot out for 134 in their reply.

Nick Andrews took 3-28 from 6.2 overs while Joe Pearson also picked up a pair of wickets as Deeping moved 44 points clear at the top.

Richard Field appeals
Richard Field appeals

Baston's bid for victory to help move off the foot of the Division One table was dashed in their home clash with Welby Cavaliers.

The hosts were 81-4 in reply to Welby's 120-9 when rain stopped play at the Shrine and forced the abandonment.

Jules McAlpine, David Conlon and loanee Rowan Good had all taken two wickets apiece as Welby had found runs in short supply after being asked to bat first.

McAlpine (42) had then helped put Baston in a strong position in their victory chase before the weather had its defining say on proceedings.

Billingborough's home Premier Division clash with Boston 2nds was also abandoned with the hosts looking to be on track for victory.

They had been bowled out for 176 by their visitors, but had reduced Boston to 18-4 in their reply when rain stopped play.

Richard Wells had top-scored for Billingborough with 44 after Boston skipper Damo Lawson had taken out the home side's top order with 4-31 from his 10 overs.

Mickey Atkins added 31 while Jonathon Payne was unbeaten on 24 at the end of the Billingborough innings.

Jed Humphries then helped himself to 3-8 from a stunning opening spell with Atkins also adding a wicket before the heavens opened and washing out Billingborough's bid for a third win of the campaign.

Bourne 2nds' match at Skegness 2nds was cancelled without a ball being bowled.

The rain saved Billingborough 2nds from heading to defeat in their Division Two trip to Grantham 3rds.

Tom Wesley had returned a superb 5-30 from nine overs as Grantham were bowled out for 126 after being put into bat.

The hosts had then reduced Billingborough to 39-6 in their reply when the wet weather caused the abandonment.

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