CRICKET: Buckminster confirmed as league champions

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Grantham & Melton Association

Division One

Buckminster 225

Barkby 119

Buckminster confirmed themselves as Sunday league champions with three fixtures still left to complete with a comfortable 106-run win.

Jon Senescall with a season’s best 87 and Jamie Morgan (31) were the main run-getters as they posted 225.

The Buckminster bowlers shared the wickets around as Barkby fell behind the pace, Dave Allen taking 3-6, Steve Allen 2-19 and Alex Forbes 2-26.

Bottesford 179-9

Buckminster 182-5

The previous weekend, Buckminster returned to winning ways after two defeats with a five wicket win at Bottesford.

Philip Irvine top-scored for the home side with 37 of a competitive total with Ben Stafford securing 4-41 and Tim Gadsby 4-28.

All Buckminster’s batsmen chipped in with double figures, Andy Roberts top-scoring with 30.

Division Two

Bingham 85

Grantham 89-3

Early pressure paid off for Grantham after the home side elected to bat and they went on to win convincingly by seven wickets.

Opening bowlers Ashley (1-15) and Stevens (1-20) curtailed strokeplay and the prized wicket of McCall (22) went to Stevens, thanks to a good catch from Standen, who went on to take two wickets.

Opener Cosgrove carried his bat for 37 as the visitors crumbled in 39.2 overs.

Mudie (18) and the unbeaten duo of Wing (25) and Ashley (24) raced to the target in just 12.2 overs to further cement promotion hopes.

Diviison Three

Melton 3rd 93

Croxton Kerrial 97-1

Chris Lucas took his best club figures of 4-22 and Nigel Howitt 3-24 as Melton 3rd batsmen stuck around in a match played at Thorpe Arnold.

In reply, depsite losing Clement-Sutcliffe early, the visitors were never in any danger, Anthony Richardson amassing another half-century (54 not out) and Luke Porter (38 not out) seeing them over the target in the 25th over.

South Lincs and Border LEague

Premier Division

Boston 92

Billingborough 93-6

Billingborough consolidated the lead in the championship race on a rain-affected Saturday and with four games to go have a 31-point lead over Boston.

Roy Tilley took 4-6 in his 12 overs as the town side struggled at the Mayflower Ground.

However, Billiingboorugh also found runs hard to come by, collapsing from 72 for three to 80 for six before Chris King and Tom Harrison saw them home with four wickets in hand.

South Notts League

Division A

Belvoir 233

Balderton 100-7

Steven Barnett and Andrew Smith earned Balderton a losing draw and a batting bonus point by clinging on for six overs at the end of a rain-affected match at Belvoir.

The home side’s innings featured several vignettes, including captain Olly Clayfield’s clean hook for six, Tom Neville’s 46 from 38 balls which inlcuded eight boundaries, Lyndon James’ two sixes in a run-a-ball 33 and Ryan Lewis, who made 39 and helped with an eighth wicket partnership of 31 and 38 for the ninth at a swashbuckling rate. Paul Colomb toiled away to take six wickets.

Both openers went quickly, but skipper Alan Jackson (34) and pugnacious Dominic Wiffin (34) clawed Balderton back before the latter dragged a ball onto his stumps. That saw a middle order collapse which saw five wickets fall for 16 runs.