CRICKET: Spa seconds beaten in low scoring clash

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Woodhall Spa Second team were disappointed to miss out in a low scoring South Lincs and Border League Premier Division clash at London Sutton on Saturday.

Some excellent bowling - spearheaded by Lewis Holmes and Sam Cherry - restricted Long Sutton to 128-9 off their 45 overs.

With opener Rob Bee and skipper Paul Timby leading the way, Woodhall made a confident start to their reply.

Middle order man Tom Dixon continued the good work but no-one else could make a sizable contribution and the last wicket fell on 117, 11 runs short of the victory target.

Earlier, Timby had won the toss and asked Long Sutton to bat. The hosts made a good start through Chris Booth (36) and James Wright (22).

But left arm seamer Cherry and Holmes stuck to their task and the wickets soon began to fall, even though Timby himself was restricted to just one over after suffering an injury while fielding.

Cherry (3-28 from 12 overs) and Holmes (3-35 from 11) were the pick with Matt Haslam (2-12) and Henry Wilson (1-8) lending excellent support.

Nitin Joachim was an early casualty of Woodhall’s reply but Bee (30) and Timby (20) kept the board ticking over.

After they went, Dixon weighed in with 32 and although last wicket pair Holmes and Keiran Richardson almost got Spa over the line, they fell just short.

Jake Burton did most of the damage with five victims.

In other top flight games, stalwarts of batting provided performances of the day, David Christmas hitting an unbeaten 73 for Bourne 2nd and Simon Oakes making 74 not out for Grantham 2nd.

Billingborough were Bourne’s victims, giving Boston the opportunity to move clear at the top of the table following their six wicket win over Sleaford 2nds.

Good bowling from Scott Elleray, who took four wickets, helped restrict Sleaford to 144 for eight and on 91 for one Boston looked to be cruising to victory until Simon Godby came into the attack to take three wickets for just eight runs.

Tom Baxter and Ben Vella then steadied the ship, their partnership taking Boston to victory. Christmas’ innings helped Bourne to 203 for seven before Billingborough were bowled out for 79.