SETTING THE PACE: Action from the South Lincs and Border Premier Division leaders Spalding's big win over Boston. Picture courtesy of ROB MANTON.

Spalding batter Boston to extend lead at the top

Spalding Town extended their lead at the top of the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division with an emphatic win over Boston 2nd.

In a game that started at 11am in a bid for the players to be able to watch the football, Spalding only took just over 47 overs to seal an eight wicket win.

On their visit to the Memorial Ground, Boston opted to bat on winning the toss.

They came up against a Jon Garner in fine form and he soon had Boston opener Sean Barnett lbw for a duck.

Ben Newton batted alongside Ben Troops as the pair battled to get their side back in it.

Newton was then bowled by Garner for 13 which began something of a stroll for Spalding.

Garner picked up two further quick wickets claiming 4-26 from a devastating eight over spell.

Wickets fell frequently at one end with Sis Tuntulwana (5) the batsman with the highest score batting lower than three.

He was bowled by Jonathan Miles who also induced the stumping that finally ended Ben Troops’s innings.

He hit a fine 56 that proved to be more than half Boston’s total.

Miles finished with 2-10 from 2.5 overs to wrap things up.

Jack Barrett’s two overs also yielded 2-10 and Roy Tilley was in the wickets again with 1-13 from five overs.

Boston were 109 all out in the 32nd over.

With an afternoon in the pub calling, Spalding were hardly going to wait around to rattle these off and they were led for the majority of the way by Warren Nel.

He scored a fine 58, first batting alongside Jon Manton who scored 17 before falling lbw to Michael Troops (1-36).

Captain Josh Newton came in at three and led his team home with 29 runs.

Nel was eventually caught by Ben Troops (1-7) but only with the game won and Newton and Miles (3 not out) were in at the end when an eight wicket win was secured in just the 16th.

To add to Saturday’s celebrations, news came through that second placed Sleaford had lost to Woodhall Spa.

It means Spalding are now 18 points clear of Sleaford past the half way point for the season.

Town are also now 30 points clear of third placed Skegness.

Spalding visit Bourne 2nd this coming weekend, when Sleaford face third placed Skegness.

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