Grantham CC take maximum points with penultimate ball of game
Bracebridge Heath march on at the top of the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League with a fourth maximum point win in succession, this time over Sleaford.
Behind them, Grantham lead Woodhall Spa by one point, with Lindum, Grimsby Town and Bourne making up the top six.
At the bottom of the table, Spalding and Market Deeping are still looking for their first victory.
Alex Willerton’s five wickets for Bracebridge helped bowl Sleaford all out for 158 and David Whapplington made an unbeaten 89 to take his side to a seven wicket win.
Grantham’s first team had a much tighter game after batting first at Boston.
Dan Freeman made 53, James Keast 58 and Mat Dowman 57 as the visitors finished 227-6.
Jonny Cheer then held the Boston innings together after the first two wickets had fallen for 22 runs. Cheer (77) and Tom Baxter put on 50 for the fifth wicket and, going into the last over with nine down, it looked as if Grantham would be denied maximum points, but Freeman stepped up to make the final dismissal with one ball of the game remaining.
Results: Sleaford 158 (Willerton 5-40), Bracebridge Heath 162-3 (Whapplington 89no); Grantham 227-6 (Freeman 53, Keast 58, Dowman 57), Boston 202 (Cheer 77); Bourne 279-6 (Berry 60, Evison 51, Wilson 83, O’Connor 55no), Market Deeping 185 (Sargeant 79); Lindum 216-7 (Taylor 54), Spalding 95; Woodhall Spa 226 (Chanditha 60), Alford 143 (Bovey 56, Timby 5 wicketkeeping dismissals); Louth 149-9 (Bell 61), Grimsby 153-6.
Sleaford 2nd moved to the top of the South Lincolnshire and Border League Premier Division table after former leaders Market Deeping suffered defeat at the hands of Billingborough who now lie third.
Grantham 2nd are second after beating Spalding 2nd by just five runs in the closest game of the day.
Martin Parmley anchored the Grantham innings with a knock of 75, with James Cameron-Clarke contributing 43 as the overs finished on 199-4.
Spalding lost an early wicket but recovered well, Chris Dring hitting 53 and taking the score to 96-3. Simon Juckes then took over but could not quite take his side over the line, finishing unbeaten on 59 as the innings ended on 194-6.
Dave Newman hit 52 for Billingborough who made 197-8, Dan George taking five for 27 for Deeping who were bowled out for 94.
Long Sutton continued their winning run in Division One, despite being bowled out for a modest 107 by Belton Park.
Barry Stanway and Rob Simpson each took five wickets as Belton were all out for 63 (see separate report).
James Tickler’s 65 helped Baston to victory over Billingborough who were all out for 92 after their opponents posted a total of 196-5.
A high scoring game at Skegness saw Claypole reach 208-6, only to see their hosts reach their target for the loss of two wickets.
Welby Cavaliers travelled to Moulton Harrox and came away with an eight wicket win after bowling their hosts out for 107, Dominic Ashmore taking six wickets for Cavaliers and Tom Wilkin hitting an unbeaten 50.
Results: Premier Division – Grantham 2nd 199-4 (Parmley 75), Spalding 2nd 194-6 (Dring 53, S. Juckes 59no); Billingborough 197-8 (Newman 52, George 5-27), Market Deeping 2nd 94; Boston 2nd 91, Woodhall Spa 2nd 92-0; Freiston 147-8 (Moeed 53), Bourne 2nd 151-4; Stamford Town 124, Sleaford 2nd 125-5.
Division One – Baston 196-5 (Tickler 65), Billingborough 2nd 92; Moulton Harrox 107 (Ashmore 6-31), Welby Cavaliers 111-2 (Wilkin 50no); Claypole 208-6, Skegness 2nd 209-2; Long Sutton 107, Belton Park 63 (Stanway 5-33, Simpson 5-21).
Division Two – Long Sutton 2nd 63, Spalding 3rd 50; Grantham 4th conceded to Pinchbeck.
League Cup – Boston 3rd conceded to Timberland; Sunday, May 14 – Spalding 3rd 199-6 (Seymour 79no), Freiston 2nd 171-7.