Bourne bounce back to form and move closer to title

Ben Stroud top scored for Bourne at Skegness.
Ben Stroud top scored for Bourne at Skegness.
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Bourne showed great bouncebackability to extend their lead at the top of the Lincs Premier Division.

Bourne lost for the first time last weekend (July 26), but they sneaked home by three wickets in a low-scoring affair at Skegness yesterday (August 2) to move 30 points clear at the top of the table with just six matches to go.

Colin Cheer (5-39) and James Keywood (3-13) did the bulk of the damage as Skegness were dismissed for just 117. Ben Stroud (29) top scored for Bourne as they edged home with just three wickets in hand.

Spalding were the team to beat Bourne, but they had to settle for a high-scoring draw at Sleaford yesterday, while Market Deeping were set fair for a big score at Louth when the rains came and the match was abandoned.

Tom Andrews had struck seven boundaries in his unbeaten 53 when stumps were drawn with Market Deeping on 178-5 from 38 overs.

Dave Gillett and Chris Jones opened the batting for fifth-placed Deeping - they have a combined age of 85.

Scores

SKEGNESS lost to BOURNE by 3 wkts

Skegness 114 (C, Cheer 5-39, J. Keywood 3-13).

Bourne 115-7 (B. Stroud 29)

LOUTH v MARKET DEEPING (abandoned)

Market Deeping 178-5 (38 overs) (T. Andrews 54no, D. Sargeant 46, D. Gillett 27, A. Wheatley 27).

SPALDING drew with SLEAFORD.

Sleaford 276-9

Spalding 230-7