South Lincs and Border League Premier Division
Belton Park 170-8
Despite a much-improved all-round performance, Belton Park recorded another defeat at home to Billingborough to leave them mired in a relegation dogfight with just three games to play.
Put into bat, openers Dan Reynolds (18) and Jake Pollard (14) made their customary solid start before the excellent Nathan Garfoot (2-33) and exuberant Arron Pullum (4- 25) induced a collapse to leave Belton reeling at 47-4.
James Offer (40) and Nick Law (41) set about re-building the innings, and with a breezy 17 from Gavin Clarke the home side posted a respectable 170 off their allotted 45 overs.
Billingborough’s reply got off to a flier as Dave King (18) and Mitch Griffiths latched onto anything loose, racing to 58 in the 12th over before Offer took a good catch to dismiss King off Nick Law (1-31).
It took the introduction of 14-year-old spinner Jonny Law (4-21 off 12 overs) to bring control for Belton.
As the run rate went up, Griffiths moved past his 50 before Matt Law (2-31) dismissed him for a patient and well-crafted 63.
However, Garfoot (18 not out) and Scott Tite (nine not out) steered Billingborough to victory with 11 balls to spare.