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Taylor takes five wickets as Stamford secure home success




Bourne 2nds moved to the top of Division One of the South Lincs and Border League after another strong showing on Saturday.

They defeated Sleaford 2nds by 72 runs at the Abbey Lawn with their 19-point haul bettering that of previous leaders Spalding who beat Billingborough by 43 runs.

Bourne had been put into bat and had to overcome the early loss of skipper Jon Howard who fell with just two runs on the board.

Billingborough's Rob Arnold. (13567641)
Billingborough's Rob Arnold. (13567641)

James Tickler and Ben Stroud started a rapid recovery by putting on 72 runs for the second wicket until the former was caught by Kieran Harbron off Conor Harbron for 39.

The same combination then accounted for Tickler for 38, but only after he and Richard Hewitt had added a further 55 runs for the third wicket.

Despite losing Daniel Whadcock cheaply, Hewitt was joined by Ben Woodward for Bourne's third half-century stand of the match after the duo added 66 runs for the fifth wicket.

Hewitt hit 10 fours in his 68 off 72 deliveries before the Kieran and Conor Harbron combination struck for the third time.

Woodward was unbeaten on 30 at the close after striking three fours and a six as Bourne ended their 45 overs on 211-6.

Adam Hilless then wrapped an early stranglehold on the Sleaford reply by picking up three wickets to leave visitors reeling on 7-3.

Stroud also struck twice with Woodward adding a further wicket to the home side's dominance as Sleaford slumped to 31-6.

Dan Hutson and Kieran Harbron then started the Sleaford fightback with a 32-run stand for the seventh wicket until Stroud snared his third wicket.

Henry Brewster then trapped David Cobb leg before, but Ben Hutson joined Dan Hutson to deny Bourne a maximum points haul.

They added 57 runs for the ninth wicket until Hewitt had Ben Hutson caught by Hilless for 34 as Sleaford saw out the 45 overs to finish on 139-9 with Dan Hutson 45 not out.

Hilless was the pick of the Bourne bowlers with 3-24 from 10 overs while Stroud claimed 3-30 from a similar spell with Woodward conceding just 13 runs from his nine overs.

Billingborough wicket-keeper Ellie Stanley celebrates the dismissal of Spalding opener Josh Newton. (13567638)
Billingborough wicket-keeper Ellie Stanley celebrates the dismissal of Spalding opener Josh Newton. (13567638)

Billingborough had managed to bowl out Spalding for 142 in their clash, but could only muster 99 runs in their reply.

Stuart Gollop had produced a five-star bowling display for the visitors after taking 5-27 from 12 overs while Aaron Pullum picked up 3-39 from a similar stint.

Pullum (41) and Paul Goodwin (14) were the only Billingborough batsmen to make double figures in their reply though as Will Naylor took 6-36 from eight overs for Spalding.

Mark Taylor took five wickets for Stamford Town 2nds as they defeated Heckington by three wickets in Division One.

Taylor's 5-16 from 7.5 overs was superbly supported by Chris Birch (3-9 off eight) and James Ferrow (2-16 off six) as Heckington were bowled out for 69.

Opener Chris Bore then led the Stamford reply with 24 while Ferrow added 11 as they defied Damon Tunnicliffe's 4-32 to secure success inside 21 overs and for the loss of seven wickets.

The victory over their third-placed visitors has left Stamford in fourth spot, just three points adrift of Spalding 2nds in second with two games in hand.

Billingborough 2nds secured their second success of the Division Two campaign after a seven-wicket home win over their Skegness counterparts.

They bowled out their visitors for 95 before reaching the required target with the loss of just three wickets.

Jed Humphries bowling for Billingborough on Saturday. (13567650)
Jed Humphries bowling for Billingborough on Saturday. (13567650)

Uffington went down to a 23-run home loss to Sleaford 3rds in the same division.

Their visitors had made 216-8 off 45 overs with Uffington aiding the Sleaford cause by conceding 54 extras.

Ivan Wilson took 3-24 from 12 overs for the villagers with Jak Garner and Jon Britton also taking two wickets apiece.

Garner then smashed a half-century after top-scoring with 56 in the Uffington reply while Matt Tarrant added 35.

Wilson (21), James Genever (19) and an unbeaten 26 from Kristian Ramsier kept Uffington in contention, but they eventually closed on 193-8 to remain in fourth place in the standings.



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