Boston slip to third after heavy defeat

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Despite a spirited knock of 55 by Ben Troops, Boston Second XI went down to an eight-wicket defeat at the hands of Spalding.

Thanks to Troops’ efforts, Boston made 158-7, but Spalding cruised home, Josh Newton leading the charge with an unbeaten 81.

Spalding’s victory saw them open up a 14-point lead at the top of the South Lincolnshire and Border League Premier Division, with Boston slipping back to third behind Sleaford Seconds.

Sleaford notched the division’s highest total, with 232-5; Luke Hollingworth scoring 68 and Simon Godby an unbeaten 75, before bowling Market Deeping Second XI out for 100.

In Division One, Freiston’s 111-run defeat of Grantham Third XI saw them move into second place behind Spalding Seconds.

Boston Third XI were heavily beaten in their South Lincs and Border League Cup game against Graves Park, having been skittled out for 67 – Morris returning figures of 5-16. The Park side reached their target for the loss of only one wicket, with Ashton 50 not out.

Results:

Premier Division

Billingborough 112 (Ashley 5-35), Grantham 2nd 113-3; Boston 2nd 158-7 (B Troops 55), Spalding 159-2 (Newton 81no); Stamford Town 206-6 (Ferrow 74no), Long Sutton 137 (Peck 5-22); Sleaford 2nd 232-5 (Hollingworth 68, Godby 75no), Market Deeping 100; Bourne 2nd 220-8, Belton Park 202

Division One

Billingborough 2nd 57 (Conlon 5-23), Baston 62-0; Freiston 286-7 (Saeed 100), Grantham 3rd 175-7; Welby Cavaliers 207-5 (Meadows 86), Heckington 139 (Charlesworth 70, Matta 5-30); Spalding 2nd 162, Skegness 2nd 151

Division Two

Claypole 206-8 (King 56) Belton Park 2nd 130 (Clarke 5-9); Pinchbeck beat Long Sutton by 10 wickets.

SLBL Cup

Timberland 109, Moulton Harrox 113-0; Boston 3rd 67 (J Morris 5-16), Graves Park CC 68-1 (Ashton 50no)