Rain hits South Lincolnshire & Border League - but Skegness 2nds and Friskney both see action

Cricket News.
Cricket News.

A rain-affected Saturday saw only a handful of games played in the South Lincolnshire & Border League but the completion of the top game in the Premier Division saw Billingborough consolidate their lead in the championship race.

Playing at the Mayflower Ground, home side Boston were all out for 92, Roy Tilley inflicting major damage on the batting line up in his 12 overs which yielded four wickets for just six runs.

But Billingborough found runs equally difficult to come by, collapsing from 72 for three to 80 for six before Chris King and Tom Harrison saw them home.

With four games to go to the end of the season, the village side now has a 31 point lead over Boston while Bourne 2nd stay in third place after a tight game against Skegness 2nd.

Archie Stroud hit an unbeaten 96 in Bourne’s 209 for two, Robert Dunn making 53. Skegness then finished just 11 runs short of their target with seven wickets down, Richie Hewitt making a welcome return to the seasiders’ team to hit 66.

The only other game to start brought points for fourth placed Stamford Town who made 210 for nine. Welby then reached 65 for three before rain stopped play.

In Division One, Baston and Stamford Town 2nd continue to battle it out for second place behind clear leaders Long Sutton whose game against Market Deeping 2nd was abandoned early in the second inngs.

Helped by an unbeaten 79 from Liam Davies, Baston scored an eight wicket win over Blankney who were all out for 141. And Stamford beat Thomas Cook by the same margin, Brian Bennett with an unbeaten 66 for the victors.

Friskney stayed in touch with the top three with a six wicket win over Moulton Harrox Sunday, Harry Barnett making 68 for Moulton and Mitch Griffiths and Rob Grant hitting 53 and 85 respectively for Friskney.

No play was possible in any of the Division Two games.

Premier Division - Boston 92, Billingborough 93-6; Bourne 2nd 209-2 (A Stroud 96no, Dunn 53), Skegness 2nd 198-7 (Hewitt 66); Stamford Town 210-9 (Hulme 56, Chappell 58), Welby 65-3 – abandoned. All other games abandoned with no play

Division One - Blankney 141, Baston 142-2 (Davies 79no); Thomas Cook 100, Stamford Town 2nd 103-2 (Bennett 66no); Market Deeping 2nd 123-8, Long Sutton 35-0 – abandoned; Spalding 179-5 (Clark 59no) v Heckington – abandoned; Billingborough 2nd v Boston 2nd – abandoned; Moulton Harrox Sunday 209 (Barnett 68), Friskney 210-4 (Griffiths 53, Grant 85).

Division Two - All games abandoned.