Billingborough inched ahead of Boston at the top of the South Lincolnshire and Border League Premier Division in a weekend where talented young players were to the fore.
Belton Park’s victory over Spalding 2nd owed much to two 16 year-olds – bowler Tom Ward whose 10 overs yielded five for 18 and Matthew Law who hit an unbeaten 57 and claimed four wicketkeeping catches.
And in Division Two, 14 year-old Amelia Gardner claimed five for 25 off six overs for Spalding 3rd against a strong Claypole side.
Billingborough beat Stamford after Chris King (84) and Mitch Griffiths (74) got the innings off to a good start with an opening stand of 153. Billingborough closed on 244 for four and Nathan Garfoot’s five for 83 helped bowl Stamford out for 200.
An even higher scoring game at Boston saw the home side rack up 286 for three, Dave Newman’s 128 taking his total past the 300 run mark after only three matches. Tom Baxter ended on 96 not out but Bourne 2nd also took advantage of the good batting conditions, Jordan Temple hitting 61 and Robert Dunn 51, both unbeaten, as the visitors’ innings closed on 200 for two.
Market Deeping 2nd continue to dominate Division One, beating close rivals Long Sutton 2nd, who currently lie second, by seven wickets. Heckington are also mounting a challenge after Jake Ellis’s six wickets for nine runs helped them to victory over Billingborough 2nd.
The lowest scoring game in Division Two proved to be the most exciting as Nick Crook’s five for five for Pinchbeck saw Baston bowled out for 82. Earlier, James Langford’s hat trick had decimated the home side’s opening order and only three batsmen reached double figures in the innings.
But Baston’s opening bowlers were on equally good form, Adam Hilless taking five for 34 and Liam Davies four for 26 as Pinchbeck were all out for 70.
Baston now lie second to Claypole.
Boston 286-3 (Newman 128, Baxter 96no), Bourne 2nd 200-2 (Temple 61no, Dunn 51no)
Billingborough 244-4 (King 84, Griffiths 74), Stamford 200 (Bennett 54, Garfoot 5-83)
Belton Park 187-8 (Perera 50, M Law 57no), Spalding 2nd 114 (Ward 10-2-18-5);
Sleaford 2nd 206-9, Long Sutton 187-8 (J Wright 63, Barnes 59);
Grantham 2nd 192 (Parmley 80, P Timby 7-39), Woodhall Spa 2nd 188 (Kumar 5-37);
Long Sutton 2nd 157-9, Market Deeping 2nd 160-3 (McDougall 60, Bainborough 54no)
Heckington 128, Billingborough 2nd 52 (Ellis 6-9)
Grantham 3rd 139-9, Welby 140-2 (M Gilbert 57no)
Freiston 140, Lindum 3rd 141-4;
Cavaliers 183-8, Woodlands 135;
Boston 2nd 115, Skegness 2nd 117-1 (Ainsworth 66no)
Baston 82 (Crook 5-5, Langford hat trick), Pinchbeck 70 (Hilless 5-34);
Timberland 193-8 (Behan 86), Boston 3rd 140-8;
Grantham 4th 148 (Robinson 75), Graves Park 151-5;
Claypole 321 (Wadd 137, Attewell 64, Barnsdale 52no, Amelia Gardner 5-25), Spalding 3rd 97 (Revill 5-26)