CRICKET: Berry half century as Bourne brush aside Boston

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JACK Berry led Bourne to victory at the Abbey Lawn yesterday.

Berry claimed three early Boston wickets before putting Bourne in the driving seat with a knock of 52.

Bourne never allowed Boston to settle with Gareth Epton's 18 the highest individual score for the visitors. He was run out by Carl Wilson, and Xanti Xipu, Ben Stroud and Tom Dixon also claimed wickets as BOston were bowled out for just 118. Alexander Graham only bowled three overs but with impressive efficiency didn't give away a single run.

In reply, Berry made 52 with nine fours before he was caught lbw by Colin Cheer. Opposite Berry, fellow opener Stroud made 35 as Bourne made a great start to their innings. Conrad Louth and Peter Morgan were both dismissed for a duck but Bourne saw the game out with five wickets in hand.

MARKET Deeping slipped up at Hartsholme, losing by 92 runs.

Hartsholme's new signing Liam Moir-Holland hit an unbeaten 47 as Hartsholme reached maximum batting points with 229 for seven before Jake Benson and Henry Rush each took four wickets to bowl the visitors out for 137, of which John McDougall made 61.

This moved Hartsholme out of the bottom two as Lindum were pushed down to 11th following the tightest game of the day at Augusta Street where the Lincoln side were bowled out for 156.

In reply, Harry Warwick hit 52 and Grimsby looked to be closing in on victory with 20 needed off the last six overs and four wickets in hand.

However, Luke Robinson’s three wickets in eight balls put his side back in the game and with nine down at the start of the final over, the home side were fighting for survival.

Matthew Cocks was left facing the final ball of the match with four still needed for victory but experience won the day as Cocks launched a six over long off to give his side a welcome 20 points that moved them up to sixth behind Bourne.

Brett Houston scored the only century of the day in the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League as Bracebridge Heath recorded the highest team total and moved back into third place in the table.

Haxey and the current league champions both leapfrogged over Woodhall Spa, Haxey going second after bowling Woodhall out for 136 and going on to win by six wickets to stay ahead of Bracebridge by one point.

Houston’s unbeaten 104 took him over the 300 run mark for the season and his side to 241 for five and five wickets for Matt Bradley then helped bowl Louth out for 84.

But Skegness marched on at the top, keeping the gap to 10 points after Peter Houghton had hit another 88 runs against Sleaford to become the second player to top 300.

Alex Sears took five wickets as the seasiders were all out for 197 but Oliver Pringle then took five and Oliver Burford hit 52 as Sleaford were all out for 143.

Results: Lindum 156, Grimsby 159-9 (Warwick 52); Woodhall Spa 136, Haxey 137-4 (Harvey 58); Skegness 197 (Houghton 88, Sears 5-55), Sleaford 143 (Burford 52, Pringle 5-44); Boston 118, Bourne 119-5 (Berry 52); Bracebridge Heath 241-5 (Houston 104no), Louth 84 (Bradley 5-29); Hartsholme 229-7, Market Deeping 137 (McDougall 61).