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Bentley and Hewitt help secure win with all-round efforts




Rob Bentley made 89 for Bourne 2nds in Saturday's victory over Billingborough. (2582977)
Rob Bentley made 89 for Bourne 2nds in Saturday's victory over Billingborough. (2582977)

Bourne 2nds tasted derby delight after an inspired batting performance helped them to a 61-run home win over Billingborough in Saturday's South Lincs & Border League Premier Division clash at the Abbey Lawn.

The home side stormed to 251-4 from their 45 overs thanks to excellent efforts from Rob Bentley (89) and an unbeaten 82 from Richard Hewitt.

Jon Howard (20) and Sam Harby (24no off just 13 balls) also provided solid support to help Bourne rack up the runs.

Hewitt and Bentley were then in excellent form with the ball to help Bourne restrict Billingborough to 190-8 in their reply.

Bentley took 4-44 from 12 overs while Hewitt helped himself to 3-36 from 11 overs as Billingborough's reply fell 61 runs short.

James Zealand (22), Jed Humphries (35), Richard Wells (54) and an unbeaten 24 from Ellie Stanley were the highlights of the Billingborough reply.

Stamford 2nds came up against another in-form promotion-chasing as they were bowled out for 37 in their 201-run loss at home to Spalding.

Brett Bennett had bagged 5-42 from eight overs as table-topping Spalding were bowled out for 238.

However, after being dismissed for 19 last week by Skegness, runs were again in short supply for the Uffington Road side.

James Ferrow was the only home batsman to hit double figures as Julian Wilson's 6-20 saw Spalding to an emphatic success.

Points from a conceded game took Baston to the top of Division Two after former leaders Market Deeping 2nds fell to their first defeat at the hands of Belton Park who moved into second place.

Baston were handed the 20-point haul after scheduled hosts Timberlands cancelled their fixture.

And that allowed them to leapfrog Deeping who went down to their first defeat of the season after a narrow 12-run loss at Belton Park.

The hosts had made 178-4 from their 45 overs thanks mainly to the efforts of Damian Eite, who carried his bat for an unbeaten 65, and William Helliwell (54).

Deeping's reply started strongly, despite the early loss of Richard Witt, through Ryan Bainborough (45) and Matthew Rose (41).

Nick Andrews then added 25, but Harry Brewin's 3-44 took the sting out of Deeping's reply and they were eventually dismissed for 166.

Uffington were also awarded the points after Freiston 2nds cancelled their Division Two clash.

Billingborough 2nds were beaten by 115 runs in their home clash with Sleaford 3rds who recorded their first victory of the campaign.

Phil Sneath struck an unbeaten 129 after carrying his bat to help Sleaford post 252-5 from their 45 overs.

Mark Pilgrim had taken 4-58 for the hosts and then top-scored with 36 as they were dismissed for 137. Callum Scott also struck 31.



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