Champions stay on course to defend title

South Lincolnshire and Border League

Just 16 points separate the top three in South Lincolnshire & Border League Division One, with defending champions Billingborough consolidating top position, Spalding seven points behind in second and Stamford in third place but with a game in hand on the top two.

At home to Grantham on Saturday, Billingborough mad an excellent start, with the in form Dave Newman and Geordie Scott putting on 83 runs for the opening wicket before Newman fell on 43.

Scott took his runs total for the season to over 500 as he went on to score 82. Dave Golop added a quickfire 41 off 34 balls as Billingborough reached 201 for 5 in just 28 over to gain maximum batting points before declaring. After a short rain break, the Billingborough attack soon set about Grantham and with Scott finishing with figuires of 4-18, Grantham were dismissed for 102 within 40 over. Gollop (2-18) and Newman (2-17) gave Scott good support.

This Saturday, Billingborough are away to Moulton Harrox.

n Elsewhere in the South Lincolnshire and Border League, Charlie Kearns took six wickets for Spalding in their convincing nine wicket win over Moulton Harrox, while Stamford kept up their challenge with a 107 run victory over Belton Park.

Lower down the table, Woodhall Spa 2nd moved away from the danger zone with a seven wicket win over Bourne 2nd, Rob Bee hitting 82 for Woodhall.

Rain stopped play in the other two games and washed out three Division Two games.

The two Division Two games that were completed included Welby’s match against promotion rivals Boston 2nd which the leaders won convincingly by six wickets after David Curran had taken six for 18.

Spalding 2nd and Stamford Town 2nd were rained off in the second innings but Spalding gained sufficient points to move up to second. However, Welby have two games in hand on the teams below them.

Billingborough 2s finally had something to cheer about after hammering Baston. In only his third competitive game back from a serious injury, Paddy Chessum returned outstanding figures of 5-25 as Baston were bowled out for 61 in 29 overs.

Billingborough won by nine wickets, with Stuart Gollop scoring 25 and Harvey Page 22 not out.

In Division Three, Timberland kept up their challenge with a four wicket win over Grantham 2nd, a match which saw yet another young player shine, 13 year old Alex Moor taking six wickets for the victors.


Division One

Billingborough 201-5 dec (Scott 82), Grantham 102; Moulton Harrox 51 (C Kearns 6-15), Spalding 52-1; Stamford 185-7 (Prentice 54), Belton Park 78;

Bourne 2nd 145-7, Woodhall Spa 2nd 147-3 (Bee 82); Market Deeping 124-7, Skegness 2nd 16-0 – rain stopped play; Lindum Ramblers 63-3 v Sleaford – rain stopped play

Division Two

Baston 61 (Chessum 5-25), Billingborough 2nd 64-1; Boston 2nd 98 (Curran 6-18), Welby 99-4; Spalding 2nd 130-8, Stamford 2nd 57-5 – rain stopped play;

Blankney 59-2 v Thomas Cook – rain stopped play; Moulton Harrox Sun v Cavaliers - cancelled, rain

Division Three

Grantham 2nd 100 (13 year old Alex Moor 6-15), Timberland 104-6; Lindum Academy 67-5 v Spalding 3rd – rain stopped play; Friskney 61-0 (Griffith 55) v Pinchbeck – rain stopped play; Claypole 51-3 v Boston 3rd – rain stopped play.