Bourne and Spalding have both reached finals day in the Lincs Twenty/20 Cup.
Holders Bourne saw off reigning Lincs Premier Division champions Sleaford and Market Rasen at the Abbey Lawns yesterday (Monday), while Spalding beat Lincoln in a group reduced to two teams by the withdrawal of Market Deeping.
Bourne are specialists in cricket’s short form and they brushed aside their opponents yesterday with little fuss. Conrad Louth (68) and Carl Wilson (67no) were the dominant forces against Sleaford as Bourne piled up a massive 227-3 from their 20 overs - Sleaford finished well short on 154-4.
And Market Rasen’s 132-5 was never going to trouble a Bourne side stacked with top batsmen and so it proved as skipper Pete Morgan (57no) saw his side home with eight wickets in hand.
Spalding passed Lincoln’s 157-7 with just three wickets down. In-form South African Warren Nel cracked an unbeaten 77.
Finals day is held at Sleaford on Monday, May 26. Billingborough and Bracebridge Heath have also qualified.
BOURNE 227-3 (C. Louth 68, C. Wilson 67no, S. Airey 32no, P. Morgan 29) beat SLEAFORD 154-4 by 73 runs.
BOURNE 137-2 (P. Morgan 57no, J. Berry 34, C. Louth 30) beat MARKET RASEN 132-5 by 8 wkts
SPALDING 158-3 (W. Nel 77no) beat LINCOLN 157-7 by 7 wkts