South Lincolnshire and Border League
ONE of the key games of this year’s South Lincolnshire and Border League Division One campaign saw defending champions Billingborough easily defeat title rivals Spalding on Saturday.
Table toppers Spalding won the toss on what was a green wicket and elected to bowl first, with Charlie Kearns and new arrival Henry Charlton opening the attack.
The two seamers started well, maintaining a tight line and good length.
After the loss of an early wicket, Dave Newman and Steve Scott put on 54 for the second wicket before Scott was dismissed for 30.
Lowth then fell, LBW for one, which brought Dave Gollop to the middle.
He has been in fine form and once again didn’t disappoint. He and Newman shared another useful partnership, with Newman going on to top score with 58.
Gollop went on to make 38 and Wilson (24) also chipped in with valuable runs as Billingborough took their total to 208-8 in their allotted 45 overs to claim maximum batting points.
Set 209 for victory, Spalding struggled against the Billingborough attack, and were soon in deep trouble at 74-6.
They never recovered and lost their final wicket on 112, 96 runs behind Billingborough, with Gollop, Geordie Scott and Steve Scott each claiming three wickets.
The win gave Billingborough 20 points, while Spalding picked up only five. Spalding still lead the table but Billingborough, currently lying third having had more rain affected games than their rivals, will have been buoyed by this result.
n Elsewhere in the South Lincolnshire and Border League, Stamford beat Skegness 2nd to lie just three points behind Spalding at the top of Division One, with Billingborough 14 points adrift in third but with a game in hand.
At the bottom of the table, Market Deeping and Grantham both lost but Deeping gained ground on their rivals, only five points separating the sides.
Boston 2nd retained top spot in Division Two despite going down by six wickets to Billingborough 2nd, for whom Stuart Gollop claimed a hat-trick.
Welby moved to the top of Division Two after their five wicket win against Moulton Harrox.
The top three in Division Three were all without a game, thanks to weather affected pitches but Welby 2nd finally took to the field for only their second match of the season, defeating Boston 3rd by just 12 runs.
Billingborough 208-8 (Newman 58), Spalding 112; Grantham 57, Woodhall Spa 2nd 61-4; Lindum Ramblers 160, Market Deeping 2nd 125; Skegness 2nd 87 (Prentice 5-18), Stamford 89-5; Belton Park v Bourne 2nd – cancelled, waterlogged pitch
Baston 106 (Dobson 5-21), Thomas Cook 107-6; Boston 2nd 120 (S Gollop 4-13 inc hat trick), Billingborough 2nd 121-4; Heckington 175-6 (Braithwaite 52), Stamford 2nd 176-7; Cavaliers v Blankney – cancelled, waterlogged pitch; Moulton Harrox Sunday 139, Welby 142-5
Grantham 2nd 87, Burgh & District 88-0; Pinchbeck 107-8, Spalding 3rd 110-2 (Morton 55); Welby 2nd 125 (M Whatton 70no), Boston 3rd 113; Timberland v Friskney – cancelled, waterlogged pitch; Claypole v Lindum Academy – cancelled, waterlogged pitch