Defeats for Long Sutton, March and Wisbech
The South Lincs & Border League finally got off to a start on Saturday, but it signalled defeat for Long Sutton at Paradise Field.
Visitors Boston 2nd batted first in the East 1 fixture and reached 171-5 off their 40 overs.
Barry Stanway was the pick of the home bowlers, taking 2-31 off six overs, Rob Simpson took 1-24, Josh Baker 1-42 and Ed Munson 1-46.
In reply, Chris Booth and Dan Oldfield put on 42 for the first wicket, before Oldfield was caught on 22. Booth soon followed and Josh Baker was out for a duck as they were reduced to 59-3.
However, Adam Wright (71) and Stanway (31) were not going to give up without a fight as they steered their team towards the victory target.
Wright hit 12 fours in his knock but, when he was stumped on 71, Sutton were still 15 short of victory and they eventually ended up 161-7, losing by 10 runs.
There were defeats for March and Wisbech on Saturday in Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire Premier LeagueWhiting Division One.
March entertained Cambridge St Giles and were bowled out for just 117 runs from 25.4 overs after the visitors racked up 197-4 from their 40 overs.
Pick of the March bowlers was Callum Young with 2-40 off nine overs, including the wicket of opener Noah Thain, who scored 114.
There was a wicket each for Tyler Phillips and Shardul Brahmbhatt.
In return, March soon lost both openers and found themselves at 10-2, before a spirited half century partnership from Brandon Phillips (29) and Brahmbhatt (23).
Young recorded an undefeated 16 and Samuel Clarke 21 but when the last wicket fell the home side were defeated by 82 runs.
Wisbech were also defeated quite comfortably, after batting first at home to St Ives & Warboys and scoring 174-9 from their 40 overs.
Openers Danny Haynes (52) and Sam Albutt (60) put on 101 for the first wicket, but when Haynes went LBW, the next three wickets went for just nine runs.
When Albutt was stumped, the score was 133-5 and this led to another collapse, as 17 runs were added for the next three wickets, with only Brodie Ellis (21) joining the openers in gaining double figures.
An early wicket from Kieran Haynes saw the visitors at 1-1 but a 121 partnership from Haycock and Stevens soon settled the visitors, who knocked off the winning runs with 20.5 overs left and eight wickets still intact.
In CCA Group A, Chatteris enjoyed a 79-run home victory against Histon 2nd.
Chatteris were 166 all out off 39.3 overs and bowled Histon out for 87 off 31.2.
March 2nd were defeated by 98 runs at Needingworth. The home side batted first and amassed 262-6 off their 40 overs, Matthew Vail the best of the March bowlers with 2-42, Scott Welcher getting 2-45 and a wicket each for Nuwan Athukorala and Manuj Patel.
In reply, March were bowled out for 164 off 35 overs, Scott Welcher hitting eight fours in his 38, opener Steven Hinson scoring 36, Athukorala 21, Johns Gilson 18 not out, Tony Howgego 16 and Sam Mason 12.
Chatteris 2nd were defeated by 32 runs at Little Downham in CCA Group K. The home side posted 190 all out from their 40 overs, and Chatteris could manage only 158-9 from their alloted overs.
In CCA Group Q, Wimblington lost by 58 runs at home to Hemingford Park. The visitors registered 177 all out off 39.4 overs, Poppy Cole taking 3-8 off 3.4 overs, Connor Porter 3-26, Ashley Irvine 2-21 and a wicket each for Leon Walker and Jack Dent. Wimblington managed only 199 all out in 27.1 overs.
On Sunday, March suffered a heavy 247 run defeat at Market Deeping in the Rutland League Division One.
Deeping batted first and racked up 337-6 off their 40 overs, Jacob Gray taking 2-62, Charlie Revell 2-64and Harry Gowler 1-17.
March never really looked competitive although opener Gray did manage 30, captain Samuel Clarke 23 and wicket keeper Shae Pooley 13 as they were bowled out for 90 in 22.4 overs.
In division three, Long Sutton won by five runs at Ketton Sports. The visitors batted first and scored 269-5 from their 40 overs before Ketton fell just short, registering 264 all out from 38.4 overs.
March 2nd entertained CSKA in the Ernie Wool Trophy and won by four wickets.
The visitors scored 207-8 from their 40 overs, with Ross Clarke taking four wickets.
March then scored 208-6 off 33.2, with new batsman Karl Anderson hitting 15 fours in an undefeated 97.
Leighton Anthony-Saxby hit 32 runs and skipper Sam Mason 22.