South Lincs and Border League


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.