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Borough's back-to-back wins; brilliant Bentley boosts Bourne; Deeping 2nds go top; maiden win for Uffington




Opener James Zealand made 21 for Billingborough on Saturday. Photo: TIM WILSON
Opener James Zealand made 21 for Billingborough on Saturday. Photo: TIM WILSON

Billingborough recorded back-to-back victories in the Premier Division of the South Lincs & Border League after being given a helping hand by visiting Long Sutton on Saturday.

Sutton conceded 79 extras, which included 58 wides, to help Billingborough post 228-8 from their 45 overs.

James Zealand (21), Shaun Brown (39) and Paul Goodwin (22) had been Billingborough's chief run contributors.

Sutton's reply was centred around 51 from opener Phil Barnes and 47 from Luke Barnes, however, they finished 64 runs short in their run chase.

Matt Cox claimed 4-41 for Billingborough while Paul Goodwin grabbed 3-34 to move Billingborough into mid-table as they shrugged off a sluggish start to the season.

Rob Bentley was in brilliant form for Bourne 2nds in their 10-wicket walloping of Welby Cavaliers.

Bentley bagged a sensational 8-19 from 10.3 overs as Welby were shot out for just 52.

Sharath Upadhya was the only visiting batsman to reach double figures as Tom Bentley then weighed in with 2-10 from four overs.

Bourne reached their victory target inside eight overs as Jon Howard (14no) and Richard Hewitt (29no) saw them home without losing a wicket.

Four wickets from Richard Field helped Stamford Town 2nds bowl out hosts Sleaford 2nds for 153.

But Town fell 30 runs short in their reply despite decent contributions from Matthew Piggott (27), Ohnais Basharat (20) and James Ferrow (22).

Field had taken 4-32 from 11 overs in the Sleaford innings while Piggott pocketed 3-33 from 10 overs.

Sumit Puri had hit a half-century for Sleaford while Ben Hutson matched Field's bowling exploits with 4-35 to help the hosts to victory.

Market Deeping 2nds moved to the top of Division One after crushing 122-run win at Moulton Harrox.

Richard Witt (83) and Matthew Rose's 55 had helped Deeping post 200-3 from their 45 overs.

Ross Lowndes then led the Deeping bowling charge with 3-10 from five overs as Moulton were dismissed for 78.

Nick Andrews, Danny Holden and Jackson Andrews all collected two wickets apiece to ensure Deeping could leapfrog near neighbours Baston who were knocked off pole position after their match at Heckington was abandoned.

Adam Hilless had taken 4-23 from 12 overs as Heckington were struggling on 76-6 when the heavens opened.

A super century from Guy Cunningham helped Uffington to their maiden win in Division Two after a 17-run success over Spalding 3rds.

Cunningham cracked 103 while James Genever made 46 as Uffington posted 224-9 from their 45 overs.

Carl Andrews led the Spalding reply with 92, but they fell just short in a cracking contest which featured a number of youth players on both sides.



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