South Lincolnshire & Border League weekend round-up

With one game to go, South Lincolnshire & Border League champions Billingborough could top 400 points for the season following their win over Lindum Ramblers.

But below them, three teams are still in the running for second place. Bourne 2nd finished their campaign with victory over Welby and 351 points while Stamford Town’s win against Moulton Harrox leaves them nine behind Bourne with a game to go.

However, that final game is against Boston who beat Sleaford 2nd and would snatch the runners-up position if they gained 20 points against Stamford, for whom Liam Dave needs just 10 more runs to top 800 for the season. He will be up against the league’s top bowlers, Boston’s Paul Deans and Tom Baxter having taken 54 and 49 runs respectively in 2013.

Grantham ended a greatly improved season, sealing fifth place with a win over Skegness 2nd.

At the bottom of the table, Belton Park boosted their hopes of moving out of the bottom two when they overcame Woodhall Spa 2nd in a close game. Tom Dixon scored the day’s only century with an unbeaten 110 for Woodhall but James Moore replied with 96 to help his side to a slender one wicket win.

Belton will now be hoping for victory at Sleaford 2nd in their final game to move ahead of Moulton Harrox who travel to Lindum Ramblers.

Long Sutton are Division One champions despite a rained off game, with Stamford Town 2nd taking second place even though they suffered a defeat at the hands of Market Deeping 2nd.

Baston finished an excellent season with victory over fellow title challengers Friskney to take third place.

Bottom sides Blankney and Moulton Harrox Sunday both have a game left but are unable to catch the teams above them despite Blankney’s victory over Heckington.

Stamford’s Chris Birch and James Wright of Long Sutton each have 53 wickets for the season.

In Division Two, Cavaliers claimed seven points against champions Long Sutton 2nd but will have a nervous wait for Lindum 3rd’s two remaining results.

Following their victory over Boston 3rd, Lindum now require 36 from their two remaining fixtures to overhaul the Peterborough side and steal second place.

Rob Simpson of Long Sutton 2nd is the league’s top wicket taker with a huge total of 67 for the season.

Results - Premier Division - Bourne 2nd 221-6 (Christmas 82), Welby 98 (Gunthorp 6-43); Boston 192-7 (Baxter 73no), Sleaford 2nd 164; Skegness 2nd 184-6, Grantham 186-5 (Mudie 57, Wing 58no); Woodhall Spa 2nd 218-3 (Bee 55, Dixon 110no), Belton Park 219-9 (Moore 96, M Law 50); Stamford Town 205-8, Moulton Harrox 161; Billingborough 144, Lindum Ramblers 74.

Division One - Spalding 2nd 125, Billingborough 2nd 113 (Nottingham 5-30); Blankney 171 (Behan 52), Heckington 149-8 (Tunnicliffe 61no); Stamford Town 2nd 111-9, Market Deeping 2nd 112-5 (Pateman 50); Baston 151 (Howard 54), Friskney 110; Moulton Harrox Sunday 72, Boston 2nd 73-3; Thomas Cook v Long Sutton – abandoned, no play.

Division Two - Boston 3rd 92, Lindum 3rd 93-5; Freiston 183-6, Spalding 3rd 94; Long Sutton 2nd 180 (Harrison 55, Hayes 5-55), Cavaliers 143; Claypole v Grantham 2nd – abandoned, no play; Burgh & District v Pinchbeck – abandoned, no play Welby 2nd v Timberland – abandoned, no play.