Bourne Second XI lost to Boston by 67 runs in the South Lincolnshire & Border League Premier Division on Saturday.
Boston won the toss and elected to bat, reaching a very respectable 246-8 after an impressive 1-1 not out from Saihan Azim at number five.
Tom Bentley was the pick of the Bourne bowlers taking 3 wickets for 58 runs but he was soon out done by the homeside’s attack.
Five Bourne batsman scored into the twenties but no-one put together a commanding innings to take up the run rate and five wickets from Boston bowler Tom Baxter, for a miserly 21 runs in his 12 overs, slowed Bourne’s progress, meaning they could only reach 179-9.
The victory moved Boston into third, taking over from opponents Bourne, leaving them 18 points behind the leaders but only seven adrift of Grantham.
Lindum Ramblers retained their place at the top of the South Lincolnshire & Border League Premier Division, picking up 19 points against Woodhall Spa Second XI while Grantham made it a 20 point win over Moulton Harrox.
Simon Bray excelled for Ramblers with 106 and five wickets, including a hat trick.
Grantham hit the highest score in the division with 247 for five, Stuart Mudie making 55 and Mark Fell 60.
Meanwhile Stamford Town beat Welby by 69 runs after setting 167 run target.
Welby won the toss and elected to bowl, but a stubborn 64 from Steve Holland put Stamford in a decent position.
The bowlers then secured the victory, knocking off the Welby batsmen for 98 runs.
Felix Cunningham took five wickets for just 21 runs.
With Spalding Seconds without a game, Market Deeping Seconds moved back to the top of Division One, despite losing heavily to Long Sutton Seconds.
Deeping are now one point up on Spalding with Billingborough Seconds only two behind after their nine wicket victory over Grantham Seconds.
Paul Deans was the pick of the bowling in this division with six for 10 for Boston 2nd in the tightest game of the day which saw Heckington once again lose by just one wicket.
Freiston’s 10 wicket win over Claypole gives them a commanding lead at the top of Division Two, their closest challengers being Lindum 3rd who are 19 points adrift but with a game in hand.
Adam Lilley made the day’s top score of 154 while lower down the order Eddie Smith hit 53 as Lindum racked up 304 runs for the loss of six wickets before bowling Boston 3rd out for 65.
Sleaford 2nd 121, Belton Park 122-3;
Stamford 167 (Holland 64), Welby 98 (Cunningham 5-21);
Long Sutton 173-8 (Edgeller 51), Skegness 2nd 175-6 (Hewitt 61no);
Boston 246-8 (Azim 101no), Bourne 2nd 179-9 (Baxter 5-21);
Lindum Ramblers 241-7 (Bray 106, Saikar 59), Woodhall Spa 2nd 164-8 (Bee 60, Bray 5-21 inc hat trick);
Grantham 247-5 (Mudie 55, Fell 60), Moulton Harrox 135;
Grantham 2nd 60, Billingborough 2nd 61-1;
Friskney 108, Baston 110-5;
Woodlands 208-8 (Munshif 51), Cavaliers 76;
Long Sutton 2nd 146-8, Market Deeping 2nd 90;
Heckington 105 (Deans 6-10), Boston 2nd 108-9;
Lindum 3rd 304-6 (Lilley 154, Smith 53), Boston 3rd 65;
Spalding 3rd 182 (Thomas 72), Burgh & District 124 (R Gilbert 6-25);
Claypole 126, Freiston 127-0 (Ilyas 74no);
Belton Park 2nd 116, Timberland 117-5 (Brumpton 53no);
Grantham 3rd v Moulton Harrox 2nd – Moulton Harrox conceded