South Lincs and Border League cricket round-up
A clinical performance kept Long Sutton's Championship charge in the South Lincs and Border League on track on Saturday.
The league leaders beat Woodhall Spa 2nds by six wickets at Paradise Field after a solid all-round performance.
They produced a tight bowling display to dismiss Woodhall for 139 with skipper Jake Burton taking 4-27 for the hosts.
Josh Baker returned a miserly 2-9 from eight overs which included three maidens while Dan Oldfield claimed 2-24.
Despite slipping to 40-3 in reply, Sutton recovered well as an unbeaten half-century from Paul Edgeller (54no) and Oldfield (27) helped secure the success.
The win keeps Sutton 21 points clear at the helm after a day of action where all of the top six sides in the division were victorious.
Moulton Harrox are in third spot, 38 points behind the leaders but with a game in hand, after a convincing victory over Orton Park on Saturday.
They were nine-wicket winners after bowling out their visitors for 121 with Simon Juckes taking 3-20 and Lee Eyett returning 3-27.
Josh Newton then plundered 11 fours and a six in an unbeaten 61 as Harrox secured the win inside 26 overs. Opener Matt Barnett was 28 not out at the close while Jamie Juckes made 21.
Bourne 2nds and Market Deeping 2nds both face a fight to preserve their Championship status after defeats the weekend.
Bourne were bowled out for 69 in their eight-wicket defeat at Freiston.
Ben Warner top-scored with 24 while Adam Hilless took both of the home wickets to fall.
Deeping lost by six wickets at Sleaford 2nds after being restricted to 130-9 from their 45 overs.
Dave Gillett top-scored with 48 and Andy Plowright made 33 but Sleaford took less than 24 overs to pass the target despite Khuram Mehrban collecting a couple of wickets.
Billingborough maintained their title push in Division One with a convincing 273-run success against Newborough 2nds.
The hosts piled up the runs after batting first with Dylan Garfoot and Michael Atkinson both in sensational form.
Garfoot smashed 171 while Atkinson was unbeaten on 124 at the close as Billingborough made 336-2 from their 45 overs.
Shane George then took 3-16 while Jacob Light claimed 3-10 as Newborough were bowled out for 63 in reply.
Baston moved into third place after a 50-run away victory at Ancaster.
Eshan Mehta made 73 while Pete Sampson struck 28 as they made 165 after batting first.
Ben Hudson then led the Baston attack with 5-22 from 5.5 overs while Mehta took 3-26 off nine as Ancaster were bowled out for 115.
Moulton Harrox 2nds completed a double-winning weekend for the Broad Lane club after a five-wicket win at Orton Park 2nds.
A tight bowling display saw Orton bowled out for 132 as Danny Jackson took 4-27 from nine overs, Cameron Fox finished his six overs with 3-21 while Alex Baker bagged 2-17 off nine.
Lewis Martin (36) and Joe Broomfield (29) then laid the foundations for a successful run chase for fifth-placed Moulton.
Four wicket hauls from Neo Timothy and Robert Seymour helped Spalding 2nds secure a 41-run win against Boston 2nds.
Seymour had struck an unbeaten 51 while Yuvraj Ranaut racked up 38 runs as Spalding made 149-8 from their 45 overs.
Boston were bowled out for 108 in reply as Seymour capped a fine all-round performance with 4-14 from seven overs while Timothy took 4-19 off his 7.3-over spell.
Long Sutton 2nds suffered a rare defeat in Division Two after losing by eight wickets against third-placed Belton Park.
The league leaders were bowled out for 76 despite Angus Bell making 23 with Belton securing their win in the 24th over.
Long Sutton's run chase in a rain-affected Rutland League match fell agonisingly short on Sunday.
The Division Two table-toppers lost out by just five runs in their home match with Oakham at Paradise Field.
The visitors had batted first and made a strong 285-8 from their 45 overs with Josh Baker taking 3-44 from his nine-over spell.
The heavens then opened and Sutton were set a rain-revised target of 152 from 24 overs.
Dan Oldfield smashed six boundaries in his 31 while Baker blasted 29 from 15 balls but Sutton closed on 146-8 to suffer their second league loss of the season.
Despite the defeat, they remain 50 points clear of second-placed Ufford with just three matches of the Sunday season remaining.
Long Sutton 2nds went down to a 21-run away reversal in their Division Four East match at Royal Strikers.
Andy Shaw took four wickets for Sutton who were then bowled out for 135 in reply with Jack Smith (26), Jason Mallett (23) and Ajay Jina (20) their top scorers.