Stamford’s first defeat in a year

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STAMFORD Town suffered a rare disappointing weekend with the 1st and 2nd sides losing their South Lincs and Border League fixtures, after what had previously been a very encouraging start to the season.

The Saturday sides were both soundly beaten with the firsts losing their first match for a year, at Belton Park, and the Seconds at home to Welby.

Stamford kept Belton down to 220 for 7, mainly due to a superb spell from Liam Dave, claiming 5 for 45, but were then uncharacteristically routed for just 114. Only Andrew Hulme (37) put up any real resistance to the home bowlers.

The seconds were left to rue dropping opener Michael Whatton twice in the first over (he went on to make 84), as Welby made 227 for 8, with Simon Kent, the pick of the home attack, with 2 for 24.

Town had several men get in, with Andy Flynn (41) smartly stumped when looking in imperious form but ultimately they fell 32 runs short, at 195 for 9.

l BILLINGBOROUGH march on in the South Lincs League’s top flight, recording a nine wicket win over Market Deeping, who were bowled out for just 93.

Only Nainborough (33) and tail-ender Shinkins (17) made double figures for Deeping.

l NORTH Luffenham have their eyes set on promotion and got their challenge off to a great start on Saturday.

Luffenham beat Pinchbeck by 30 runs in the third division despite playing well below their best.

The skipper, who claimed five wickets for just 14 runs said: “We were pretty rusty. It was pleasing to win but not one of the best performances.

“We are hoping to win the league this year. All the teams were outclassed by Stamford last year. Now I think we are as strong as anyone.”

“If we have the same players available each week we can do well.”