Belton Park are much-improved but remain in a dogfight

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South Lincs and Border League Premier Division

Belton Park 170-8

Billingborough 171-7

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.