South Lincs and Border League


Boston and Grantham got their South Lincolnshire & Border League Premier Division title challenges off to a good start with convincing wins over Long Sutton and Welby respectively.

But it was Division One that provided the game of the day as 577 runs were scored at Spalding for the loss of only six wickets.

Heckington were the visitors and they wasted no time in getting runs on the board, Chris Morley and Sam Elliott putting on 46 for the first wicket. Elliott was lbw to Tom Dale but this brought Sam Ogden to the crease in a partnership that added a massive 253.

Dale eventually bowled Morley for 160 and at the close Ogden was unbeaten on 107 with the total on 301.

Spalding 2nd were on equally good batting form and had 99 on the board when Mike Kearns went for 42. Simon Juckes joined Jim Clarke, who went on to make 59, then Juckes and Ansar Hussain put together a stand of 134 before Juckes became Liam Tunstall’s second victim, but not before scoring 87.

Hussain and Jamie Juckes continued to chase the total. Hussain made 45 but when the overs ran out Spalding were 26 short of their target.

In the only other game in Division One, newly-promoted Long Sutton 2nd made a good start with a nine-wicket win over Grantham 2nd, Rob Simpson taking six wickets for Sutton.

Belton Park came out on top in the highest scoring game in the Premier Division after putting Woodhall Spa 2nd in to bat.

Steady batting down the order saw the visitors end their 45 overs on 184 for nine, Gavin Clarke taking five wickets for Belton. Dan Reynolds then anchored the home side’s innings with 85 from 86 balls, and with good support from Matthew Law (33), helped his side to a six-wicket victory with seven overs to spare.

The tightest match was at Sleaford, where Lindum Ramblers were set a target of 176 by their hosts, Simon Godby hitting 42 and Jake Benson taking four wickets.

Victory looked a long way off when Lindum lost their first four batsmen in single figures but Angus Pickering and Benson dug in.

Pickering made 65 but Lindum then suffered another collapse and with nine wickets down still had a long way to go. Stuart Turner and James Mundy were the final pair and they resisted all attempts to dislodge them to take Ramblers to an unlikely victory, finishing on 24 and 20 respectively.

Boston failed to bowl newcomers Long Sutton out but restricted them to 154 for seven. New signing Paul Roberts then hit an unbeaten 69 to take Boston to an eight-wicket win.

Grantham triumphed by six wickets after bowling Welby out for 82 while 2013 runners-up Bourne 2nd got off to a good start with a five-wicket victory over Moulton Harrox.


Premier Division

Long Sutton 154-7, Boston 156-2 (Roberts 69no);

Woodhall Spa 2nd 184-9 (Clarke 5-45), Belton Park 187-4 (Reynolds 85);

Sleaford 2nd 176, Lindum Ramblers 177-9 (A Pickering 65);

Welby 82, Grantham 84-4;

Moulton Harrox 128, Bourne 2nd 129-5;

Division One

Grantham 2nd 75 (Simpson 6-21), Long Sutton 2nd 76-1;

Heckington 301-2 (Morley 160, Ogden 107), Spalding 2nd 275-4 (Juckes 85, Clarke 57, Hussain 57)




Market Deeping 2nd got their South Lincolnshire & Border League Division One campaign off to a good start with a 20 point win over Spalding 2nd, thanks in part to one of their talented junior batsmen.

At 15, Sam Malton was the mainstay of the Deeping innings, putting on 101 for the second wicket with John McDougall - who top-scored with 77 - and 94 for the third with Richard Witt (38). Malton finished unbeaten on 76 as the home side posted 219 for five, Tom Dale taking three wickets for Spalding who struggled for runs.

Simon Juckes hit the highest total with 24 as the visitors were all out for 128, Jackson Andrews the pick of the bowling with three for 16 off 10 overs.

The full SLBL programme gets under way on Saturday with the pick of the Premier Division matches taking place at the Mayflower Ground, where title contenders Boston take on newly-promoted Long Sutton, who won Division One at their first attempt.

Tom Baxter continues as Boston captain and Matt Bull once again takes the helm at Long Sutton for what could be a tight game.

Grantham have made their intentions clear with the appointment of Mark Fell as player/manager – they are aiming for top spot and promotion to ECB League cricket. Fell has brought in Vikram Atri and David Whapplington from Bracebridge Heath and former Lincolnshire bowler Simon Oakes is expected to return to the side. Welby, who narrowly avoided relegation in 2013, are the visitors to Gorse Lane.

Bourne 2nd will be looking to build on last season’s good performances which saw them finish runners-up in the division as they take on Moulton Harrox at Abbey Lawn. Moulton were also in the relegation zone, finishing on the same points as Belton Park, who are home to Woodhall Spa 2nd while Sleaford 2nd entertain Lindum Ramblers.

Just two games are scheduled in Division One – newly promoted Long Sutton 2nd take on Grantham 2nd, also new to the division after league clubs agreed to move them up to accommodate Grantham 3rd. Finally, Spalding 2nd are in action once again, at home to Heckington.

Division Three matches will begin on April 26th.


Fixtures – 1pm start

Premier Division

Belton Park v Woodhall Spa 2nd

Boston v Long Sutton

Bourne 2nd v Moulton Harrox

Grantham v Welby

Sleaford 2nd v Lindum Ramblers.


Division One

Long Sutton 2nd v Grantham 2nd

Spalding 2nd v Heckington




Easter Saturday marks the start of the main South Lincolnshire & Border League 2014 programme, but for two teams the season gets under way this Saturday.

Market Deeping 2nd and Spalding 2nd will be in early Division One action at Outgang Road, both teams aiming to improve on 2013 when they finished in mid-table.

The home side are captained this year by Richard Witt, while Steve Norris will once again skipper Spalding.

The match starts at 1pm and spectators are welcome.




Key Contacts


Ann Boulton

T: 01469 531280



David Morris

T: 01205 369915



Dudley Hall

T: 01775 725669


General Information

The South Lincolnshire & Border League enters 2014 - its 45th season - with 36 teams in three divisions, having expanded steadily over the past few years.

In 1970, the league began with two divisions of eight, rising swiftly the following season when 11 new teams joined. At that time, the SLBL was chaired by Michael Brown who remains the longest serving chairman with 14 years service in that position. Grantham were the first winners of what was then the A Division.

In 1976, the league extended to four divisions which lasted until 2000 when several teams were invited to become inaugural members of the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League. Since then, promotion and demotion has operated between these leagues.
The SLBL committee has enjoyed remarkable stability with Charles Hughes serving 21 years as secretary and David Watson 26 as treasurer, both retiring in 2003.