The last Lincs Premier Division match of the season at The Abbey Lawns ended in a thrilling tie between Bourne and Grimsby on Sunday.
But a high-scoring contest ended in slight farce as the final ball of the contest almost delivered victory for both sides!
Bourne’s last-man Alex Graham faced it with his side needing two runs to win and Grimsby needing just one more wicket. Graham chipped the ball up in the air, but a Grimsby fielder dropped an absolute dolly of a catch to stop his side sneaking a one-run win.
Meanwhile Bourne’s last pair scrambled a single to make the scores level, but then suffered a run out attempting to complete the second run which would have given the home side a one-wicket win,
Earlier Conrad Louth had cracked 95 as Bourne set out in pursuit of Grimsby’s 263-7.
Spalding ensured their survival in their first season at this level despite suffering a 207-run thrashing at title-chasing Woodhall Spa.
Sri Lankan Test player Prasana Jayawardena cracked an unbeaten 119 in Woodhall’s 355-6. Spalding’s South African Nabeel Bhayla top scored with 41 in Spalding’s 128.
Market Deeping wrapped up a fifth-place finish - a six-place improvement on last season - after drawing with bottom club Hartsholme.
A consistent batting effort led by Chris Jones (49) and Meli Adatia (48) enabled Deeping reached 268-5 in their 50 overs, but for a while it looked a vulnerable target.
Hartsholme were 135-0 before closing on 242-6. Adatia claimed three wickets,
BOURNE tied with GRIMSBY
Grimsby 263-7 (H. Warwick 79, J. Keywood 4-91).
Bourne 263 (C. Louth 95, P. Morgan 48, C. Wilson 32).
HARTSHOLME drew with MARKET DEEPING
Market Deeping 268-5 (C. Jones 49, M. Adatia 48, J. Morgan 40, D. Gillett 37, A. Wheatley 37no).
Hartsholme 242-6 (H. Rush 76, L. Kimber 65, M. Adatia 3-67).
WOODHALL SPA beat SPALDING by 207 runs
Woodhall Spa 355-6 (P. Jayawardena 119no, S. Evison 73, J. Cheer 68).
Spalding 128 (N. Bhayla 41, J. Barrett 22).