Boston seconds ensure promotion to Premier Division

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While Boston’s 1st XI were celebrating their Premier Division championship in the South Lincolnshire & Border League with a 10 wicket win over Lindum Ramblers, Boston 2nds were securing promotion, beating Grantham 3rd to take second place in Division One behind Deeping.

The closest game in the Premier Division was between mid-table sides Grantham 2nd and Billingborough, with Grantham triumphing by just four runs. Danny Ashley hit 72 of Grantham’s total of 148 and went on to take five wickets as Billingborough were bowled out for 144.

Ben Vella took five wickets in Boston’s victory, while Ben Bulmer made 52 and Sumit Puri 51 in Sleaford 2nd’s win over Spalding 2nd.

With Moulton Harrox already in bottom place, the second relegation slot in the top division will go right to the wire after Belton Park lost to Bourne 2nd and Long Sutton went down to Stamford Town.

In Division One, Market Deeping were held to 131 for nine by Freiston only for Nick Andrews to claim five wickets to help bowl the home side out for 74.

Tom Poole hit 81 and Michael Musson 70 to help Boston 2nd notch up 315 for eight against Grantham 3rds, who had no answer to the bowling of Paul Deans, the Boston stalwart taking seven for 20 as Grantham were all out for 79.

In Division Two, Boston 3rds beat Burgh by 16 runs.

Results:

Premier Division - Lindum Ramblers 78 (Vella 5-18), Boston 82-0; Bourne 2nd 289-4, Belton Park 74; Long Sutton 136, Stamford Town 140-5; Grantham 2nd 148 (Ashley 72), Billingborough 144 (Ashley 5-43); Moulton Harrox 39, Woodhall Spa 42-0; Sleaford 2nd 249-7 (Bulmer 52, Puri 51), Spalding 2nd 132

Division One - Welby 56 (Begley 4-30 inc hat trick), Lindum 3rd 57-1; Cavaliers 159 (Dale 61), Heckington 102 (Hayes 5-36); Billingborough 2nd 159-8 (Wells 73), Skegness 2nd 160-2 (Taylor 53); Market Deeping 2nd 131-9, Freiston 74 (N Andrews 5-28); Boston 2nd 315-8 (Poole 81, Musson 70), Grantham 3rd 79 (Deans 7-20)

Division Two - Graves Park 91 (A Gilbert 7-29), Timberland 92-3; Baston 154-9 (Richardson 63), Claypole 150 (North 50, Conlon 5-37); Boston 3rd 130-7, Burgh & District 114; Grantham 4th 120, Belton Park 2nd 121-8 (Helliwell 56)