Cricket round-up: Newton stars as Harrox stay top, Atapattu takes 6-6 in Spalding success

Unbeaten Moulton Harrox are a healthy 25 points clear at the top of South Lincs and Border League East One after a five-wicket win over Boston 2nd on Saturday.

After inserting hosts Boston into bat at the Mayflower, Jack Barnett (4-35) and Joe Broomfield (3-24) impressed with the ball to limit them to 153-9 from their 40 overs.

In reply, Josh Newton’s 85 steered Harrox to 155-5 from 36.3 overs as they made it four wins in as many completed games this season.

Boston started nicely in their innings, with William Tetther (50) and Rowan Evans (32) top scoring at the top of the order before they fell away a little.
As well as Barnett and Broomfield’s wickets, Curtis Todd (1-12) also got in on the act.

Harrox’s reply was dominated by Newton, who cracked 11 fours and two sixes as he fell just 15 shy of a century.

Karl Hibbert (19 not out), Chris Beale (17) and skipper Joe Broomfield (12) were the other main contributors.

  • In the same division, Spalding Town are third after picking up a 40-run victory over Woodhall Spa 2nd at Seas End Hall.

After opting to bat first, openers Jon Manton (37) and Ollie Dring (22) impressed at the top of the order, while Matt Gill’s unbeaten 15 from ten balls down the order ensured they reached 114-7.

Nilantha Atapattu (6-6 in ten overs) absolutely stole the show after that, ripping through the Spa order to dismiss them for 74.

Brandon Andrews also impressed with 3-24, while Harry Decamps took 1-23.

  • In SLBL West One, Spalding 2nd suffered a ten-wicket beating at the hands of Grantham 2nd.

Town were bowled out for 52 at Gorse Lane, with nobody managing double figures.

Grantham eased to 55-0 in just 11.5 overs in reply to take maximum points.

  • In SLBL East Two, Spalding 3rd were handed a 152-run beating by Baston.

Ben Hudson’s unbeaten 80 steered Baston to 244-7 at The Shrine, with Ayra Ranaut (3-41) and Will Gardner (2-33) Town’s top bowlers.

Gardner (22) was also Town’s top run scorer in reply, but they were all out for 92 in 32.2 overs.

  • Moulton Harrox 2nd were also beaten in the same division, as Heckington sealed a six-wicket win.

After being put into bat at Harrox Field, Alin Carter’s 44 helped steer the hosts to 132-7 from 40 overs.

Heckington (135-4) chased that target down comfortably, with Steve Scott finishing tantalisingly unbeaten on 99.

  • In SLBL Inter One, Long Sutton 1st were beaten by 98 runs at Newborough 1st.

Despite Adam Whitaker (3-42) and Dan Olfield (2-47) starring with the ball, the hosts posted 217-8 as Matt Mills made 83.

Chris Booth (35) and Adam Wright (28) top scored for Sutton in reply, but they were all out for 119.

  • In SLBL Inter Two, Long Sutton 2nd suffered a three-wicket defeat against Castor and Ailsworth 2nd.

Batting first, Dan Plant (35 not out) and Ian Morris (24 not out) impressed as Sutton made 118-5. Castor (119-7) got home with two overs to spare despite the best efforts of Morris (4-41).

Saturday fixtures (12.30pm): Moulton Harrox v Spalding; Skegness v Log Sutton; Spalding 2nd v Belton Park; Baston v Moulton Harrox 2nd; Long Sutton 2nd v Skegness 2nd.
l Sunday (noon): Long Sutton v Spalding.

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