New Zealander Tim Mackintosh started this year’s Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier campaign as he finished the last, in scintillating form, scoring an unbeaten 144 for Sleaford on Saturday.
With only 12 overs to go Sleaford were struggling on 116 at Market Deeping before Mackintosh unleashed the full range of his strokes, hitting the ball all over the ground. He was ably supported by Sean Morris, who waded in with a valuable 72.
Sleaford went on to make 265 for six by the end of their allotted overs. In reply, Market Deeping crumbled to an all out total of 114, leaving Sleaford emphatic victors by a margin of 151 runs.
Sleaford 2nd XI began their South Lincolnshire and Border League Premier Division season with a commanding performance at home to Moulton Harrox, Simon Godby hitting a century as Sleaford 2nd racked up 272 for two.
Godby put on 100 for the first wicket with Phil Sneath and 91 for the second with Jack Wilson, before being caught for 130 off 98 balls. Sneath then took three wickets as Moulton Harrox were skittled out for 112.
Billingborough, meanwhile, picked up a five wicket win over newly-promoted Spalding 2nd who were all out for 153, while former Billingborough player Dave Newman struck the day’s biggest score, making 155 off 110 balls for Boston in their drawn game against Belton Park,
Heckington recorded a four-wicket win over Welby.