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Lindum and Boston set to lock horns in battle for second

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: September 22, 2012

Above: Will Wright made an important stand of 78 for Lindum

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Lindum face a crunch clash against Boston as they aim to re-ignite their hopes of claiming the runners-up spot in the McKinnells League Premier Division.

The two sides are vying for second spot in the table, with rivals Boston three points ahead and having a game in hand.

Last weekend, Lindum's ambitions took a blow as bad light forced their game against Market Rasen to be abandoned.

Lindum had set a target of 192 for three against Market Rasen, with Will Wright excelling with the bat to make 78.

Rasen had made 139 for seven in reply before the game was brought to an end.

Lindum missed out on the chance of taking maximum points and ended with 13 points.

Elsewhere in the division, champions Harthsolme suffered an eight-wicket defeat at Bracebridge Heath.

Morton edged closer to the runners-up spot in Division One as they were gifted full points after their opponents Hartsholme 2nds failed to fulfil the fixture.

Morton take on Boston this weekend in their final game of the season.

Elsewhere in the division, Scothern beat Heckington by three wickets and Billingborough Millers beat Blankney by seven wickets.

In Division Two the runners-up place is still very much up for grabs.

Branston went into the day in second place but were inactive. Behind them were Cherry Willingham who hosted a Lindum Academy side which has fallen away in the latter weeks of the season.

Cherry batted first, posting the day's highest score of 283 for four which included the season's second highest stand of 174. This was between Tim Shooter (119) and James Gray (54).

In reply Lindum were bowled out for 112 and defeat by 171 runs. Top scorer was Angus Pickering with 32 with Matt Hudson picking up five for 29 for Cherry who collected their first league double and temporarily moved into second place.

Climbing into fourth place was Caythorpe who hosted second-bottom side Waddington.

The visitors needed to win for any chance of avoiding the drop, but it was the home side who came away with victory.

They batted first and made 168 including 50 from Gwilym Jenkins with Gary Evans taking four for 43.

Waddington, in reply, were all out for 111 with Billy Evans out for 48 and Sandy Ireland taking three for 13. The final game of the season for Caythorpe sees them host Branston with both sides needing victory to win promotion.

To add spice to the situation a third side, North Scarle, come into the equation after they won a closely fought match at relegation side Aswarby.

Scarle batted first and were bowled out for just 99 with the top score coming from Matt Baker with 34 and George Gibson taking four for five in 3.5 overs. In reply Aswarby lost early wickets as Chris Hogg played a captain's game for the visitors, taking six for 22 as the home slipped from 48 for five to 54 for nine.

Then the Aswarby tail wagged with last man Hunt making 14 not out but he lost partner Ben Bulmer for 16 to see Aswarby all out for 79 and defeat by 20 runs.

This win took North Scarle up to sixth but still in with an outside chance of the runners-up place.

Waddington were relegated from Division Two following a 57-run defeat to Caythorpe.

Elsewhere, North Scarle beat Aswarby by 20 runs and Lindum lost to Cherry Willingham by 171 runs.

Revesby won Division Three after they saw off visitors Reepham by 47 runs.

Marshalls secured the runners-up spot in the division.

However, the Gainsborough-based side did so by default as Horncastle failed to fulfil the fixture and gifted 20 points to Marshalls.

In the same division, Nettleham 2nds' relegation was sealed when they fell to a 52-run defeat at Hougham & Marston.

Elsewhere, Bassingham beat Washinborough by 82 runs.

In Division Four, Rustons sealed their first win of the season as they beat Nocton by one wicket.

Rustons now need to pick up at least four points in their final game at Aisthorpe to avoid finishing bottom.

Should they achieve this it will be Nocton who finish with the wooden spoon.

Elsewhere Sleaford Academy sealed a ten-run win over Hykeham.

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