Grantham lost out to title chasers Billingborough at the weekend, going down by six wickets.
Victories for Billingborough and rivals Boston left the two sides just four points apart at the top of the South Lincolnshire & Border League Premier Division.
Billingborough restricted Grantham to 154 for nine, going on to win with six wickets to spare, Botadra hitting an unbeaten 52.
Boston’s victory over Stamford Town pushed the former leaders down to fourth, with Bourne 2 moving into third.
Stamford made 167 for eight, a total Boston overtook for the loss of six wickets with just two balls of the match remaining, while
Rob Bee hit the division’s only century, his 106 helping Woodhall Spa 2 to victory over Welby.
Long Sutton now have a 45 point lead over Baston in Division One, having defeated their rivals in the top of the table clash.
Friskney moved into third, just two behind Baston, after hitting the league’s highest score of the day, making 337 for seven.
Rob Grant hit an unbeaten 167 and Ben Troops then took five for 32 as Spalding 2 were all out for 124.
The second century in this division was scored by Neil Williams who hit an unbeaten 100 for Stamford Town 2 in their victory over Moulton Harrox.
In Division Two, Rob Simpson took seven for 23 as leaders Long Sutton 2 beat Freiston by seven wickets.
A much higher scoring game at Sobraon Barracks saw Cavaliers retain second place after making 230 for nine. But Lindum 3 made 202 for five to take a share of the points, Jon Begley hitting 78.
Burgh & District’s Ashley Redgard missed out on a hat trick as he took four wickets in one over and finished with five for 17, helping bowl out Timberland for 66. Burgh went on to win by seven wickets.
Moulton Harrox 70, Lindum Ramblers 71-2; Grantham 154-9, Billingborough 155-4 (Botadra 52no); Woodhall Spa 2nd 243-9 (Bee 106), Welby 142; Skegness 2nd 255-9 (Walton 73), Belton Park 184-6 (Law 58); Bourne 2nd 180-8, Sleaford 2nd 134-7; Stamford Town 167-8 (Chappell 60), Boston 170-6
Heckington 83, Market Deeping 2nd 84-1; Friskney 337-7 (Grant 167no, Griffiths 61), Spalding 2nd 124 (Clarke 67, B Troops 5-32):
Billingborough 2nd 135-8 (Wells 52), Blankney 115 (Braithwaite 5-39); Thomas Cook 163, Boston 2 Thomas Cook 163, Boston 2nd 162 (Major 52); Long Sutton 125, Baston 86; Stamford Town 2nd 225-4 (Williams 100no), Moulton Harrox Sunday 156-8
Freiston 102 (Simpson 7-23), Long Sutton 2nd 103-3 (D Sisson 51no); Timberland 66 (Redgard 5-17), Burgh & District 70-3;
Pinchbeck 147-8, Spalding 3rd 148-7; Welby 2nd 110-6, Grantham 2nd 112-2 (Donnellan 57no); Cavaliers 230-9 (Hayes 53), Lindum 3rd 202-5 (Begley 78); Claypole 307-8 (A Attewell 69, Ryder 52, J Attewell 52), Boston 3rd 47-1 - abandoned due to player illness
McKinnell’s Lincoln U15 Youth League
Caythorpe 105 for 4
Bracebridge Reds 93
Caythorpe secured the McKinnell’s U15 South Division title with a fine 12-run away victory against Bracebridge Heath Reds, who themselves had a chance of divisional honours.
Caythorpe were restricted to just 20 for 2 off their first 8 overs before Matt Law (33 not out) started the fight back. Josh Pearce (30 not out) then bludgeoned the bowling, ably supported by Harry Glenn, who struck 15 off only 7 balls, as Caythorpe scored 85 runs off their last 10 overs to set Bracebridge a formidable target.
Alex Moor (28) gave Bracebridge an excellent start before the introduction of Will Rich (3 for 12) and Harry Johnson (2 for 12) turned the game in Caythorpe’s favour.
Although Jordan Bentley (18) continued the run chase, Caythorpe held on for the win.
In their two previous games Caythorpe defeated Bracebridge Heath Blues, scoring 148 for 5 off their 18 overs, then restricting BBH to 90 for 8, and Boston in a low scoring game where Caythorpe scored 77 for 7 in and Boston were all out for 66.
Against Bracebridge both Harry Brewin and Jonny Law scored 30 not out. Matt Law also scored 30no in the Boston game, with Matt Brewin taking four wickets for 13 runs.