Hewitt continues rich vein of form despite defeat, Brett bags five wickets in Stamford reversal
Aaron Pullum was in fine form for Billingborough to help his side secure a 51-run victory against Grantham 2nds in their South Lincs & Border League Premier Division clash.
Pullum plundered 93 runs which included 13 fours and two sixes to help Billingborough reach 235-8 from their 45 overs.
Mickey Atkins also made a crucial late contribution as he smashed 14 fours in an unbeaten 67 which boosted Billingborough.
The hosts then shared the wickets out as they restricted Grantham to 184-9 from 45 overs in their reply.
Pullum pocketed 2-18 while Paul Goodwin grabbed 2-48 from 12 overs as Billingborough moved towards the top half of the league standings.
Bourne 2nds batsman Richard Hewitt continued his rich vein of run scoring despite his side slipping to a 37-run defeat against their Boston counterparts.
Hewitt, who hit an unbeaten 82 last week against Billingborough, made 95 after hitting 11 boundaries as Bourne finished on 210 all out in pursuit of Boston’s 247-9.
Xanti Xipu had taken 4-59 and Ben Woodward 3-72 after home skipper Matthew Hood had led their charge with a century.
Bourne also contributed 36 extras which included 21 wides and this was to prove crucial in their reply.
Hewitt came to the crease with Bourne on 41-2 and he was the last man to be dismissed when Wills Barker claimed his fourth wicket courtesy of a catch from wicket-keeper and centurion Hood.
A brilliant bowling display from skipper Brett Bennett was the highlight of Stamford Town 2nds’ 52-run defeat away at Long Sutton.
Bennett returned 5-11 from 6.2 overs to blitz Sutton’s lower order as the hosts were bowled out for 137. Bill Hall and Richard Field also collected two wickets apiece for Town.
However, Bennett’s five-wicket feat was also matched by home bowler Will Naylor who nabbed 5-18 from his seven overs which took out Town’s top order.
Number seven batsman Phil Holland top scored with 18 while Steve Holland hit 17 as Stamford were bowled out for 85 by their hosts.
Baston were knocked off top spot in Division One after a heavy nine-wicket home defeat against fellow high-flyers Graves Park.
The hosts were bowled out for 81 with James Tickler (14) and Liam Davies (31) their only batsmen to reach double figures as Ryan Lawson took 4-22 for the visitors with Jack Ashton returning 3-14.
The visitors made light work of the run chase as Mitch Griffiths led their assault on the home bowling attack with a half-century until he was caught by Neil Knox off John Lamin.
Joe Gilbert (18no) and John Morris (14no) then saw Graves Park to victory inside 17 overs.
Baston’s defeat allowed Market Deeping 2nds to regain top spot after an emphatic 113-run win over their Spalding counterparts.
Deeping racked up 246-5 from their 45 overs with Connor Gillett (51), Richard Witt (41), Matthew Rose (83) and John McDougall (45no) in fine form for the Outgang Road side.
Joe Pearson then picked up four of the top five Spalding batsmen to return 4-39 from 12 overs and stall Spalding’s reply.
Tom Anderson then took over from where Pearson left off with identical figures of 4-39 from 12 overs which helped bowl Spalding out for 133 despite 42 from home skipper Matt Gill.
Nine-man Billingborough 2nds were bowled out for 70 by table-topping hosts Boston 3rds in their Division Two tussle.
Mark Pilgrim (13), Harvey Page (12) and Ben Stanley (13) were the only batsmen to reach double figures as Ian Morris and Eli Coonan both bagged three wickets for the hosts.
Mark Simpson struck three times for Billingborough as he bowled his 12 overs for just 16 runs in Boston's reply.
Pilgrim pocketed 3-29 from his eight overs, but Boston eventually edged home despite losing seven wickets with Morris unbeaten on 26 at the close.
Uffington conceded their match away at Sleaford 3rds.