Bourne secure semi-final spot

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BOURNE are through to the semi-finals of the Twenty20 Winkworth Cup after rain forced a bowl-off at the end of the three-way tie at Skegness.

After both sides had beaten Market Deeping, albeit in reduced overs and with Skegness winning by virtue of a greater run rate, Bourne’s aim proved more accurate than the hosts.

Each side nominated five players to bowl twice at undefended stumps and Bourne won 2-0 thanks to Jack Berry and Tom Dixon.

Earlier Bourne had beaten Deeping by 32 runs in a game reduced to 15 overs per side. Bourne notched up an unassailable 148 for seven to which Deeping replied with 116 for six. Bourne skipper Pete Morgan hit 53 but opener Conrad Louth led the way with a top score of 62. Deeping captain Dave Gillett hit an unbeaten 43.

The match between Skegness and Market Deeping was abandoned due to rain with Skegness winning due to a faster run rate, Skegness batted first, making 136 for seven, and with 14 overs of the second innings completed, rain forced the players off the field and the seasiders won the tie with a faster run rate over the first four overs.

At Lindum, where the sides played to a finish with a much reduced final game played in the rain, Sleaford emerged winners. No play was possible at Louth where Louth won the bowl-off, and Bracebridge Heath won beating Hartsholme and Haxey.

Bourne, Louth, Sleaford and Bracebridge Heath will gather at Sleaford on June 4 for the semi-finals and final when play will begin at 10.30am.

Two days before the Winkworth Cup, Bourne were again frustrated by the weather.

The Abbey Lawn side has not been able to play a single match in the Lincolnshire Premier League of the South Lincs and Border League during the opening three weeks of the season.

l THE only Bourne team to enjoy any cricket at the weekend were the Motley Crew, who answered a Sunday morning request from Wansford and enjoyed a great game behind the Haycock.

The hosts had a playable pitch, a tea ordered but no opposition until the Motleys came to their rescue.

Motleys batted first and thanks to good knocks from Tom Patchett (33), Mark Ellis (52) and Will Patchett (21) posted 168 off their 40 overs.

In reply, Wansford chased well with a 50 from their captain Darren Sutory holding the innings together.

Motleys chipped away at them though with Will Patchett taking three for 24, Stan Vickers two for 21 and then Tom Patchett wrapping the innings up with three for 16 including Sutory’s wicket in the penultimate over to leave Wansford four runs short on 164 all out.