The champions are beaten by the British weather once again

South Lincolnshire and Border League

RAIN washed out all but five of the matches in the South Lincolnshire & Border League, giving Spalding and Stamford Town the opportunity to consolidate their top two places in Division One.

Both sides managed to finish their games, with leaders Spalding defeating Skegness 2nd and Stamford beating Sleaford 2nd, while defending champions Billingborough suffered yet again with the weather as their game against Woodhall Spa was abandoned after 20 overs.

Josh Newton hit 86 for Spalding in their total of 205 for five and Charlie Kearns then took five for 26 as the seasiders were bowled out for 126.

For Stamford, Steve Armstrong took five for 31 to restrict Sleaford to 119 for seven, a total Stamford reached for the loss of six wickets.

Belton Park moved up the table after beating Moulton Harrox. In the remaining three Division One fixtures, despite great efforts being made by players, groundsmen and umpires, the rain won the day.

In Division Two, Suneel Appan hit 102 as second placed Stamford Town 2nd moved to within three points of leaders Welby. Stamford made 205 before bowling Baston out for 120.

Heckington kept up their challenges with a convincing victory over Cavaliers,who were bowled out for 49, Liam Tunstall taking five wickets. All Division Three games were abandoned.


Division One

Sleaford 2nd 119-7 (Armstrong 5-31), Stamford Town 120-6; Spalding 205-5 (Newton 86), Skegness 2nd 126 (C Kearns 5-26); Belton Park 183-9, Moulton Harrox 137; Billingborough 59-1 off 20 overs v Woodhall Spa 2nd – match abandoned; Lindum Ramblers 115-2 off 31 overs v Bourne 2nd – match abandoned; Grantham v Market Deeping – abandoned

Division Two

Stamford Town 2nd 205 (Appen 102), Baston 120; Heckington 124-7, Cavaliers 49 (Tunstall 5-14); Blankney v Billingborough 2nd – abandoned; Thomas Cook v Welby – abandoned

Division Three

Welby 2nd 27-3 v Lindum Academy - abandoned; Boston 3rd v Spalding – abandoned; Claypole v Grantham 2nd – abandoned; Burgh & District v Pinchbeck – cancelled (Sunday)