BOURNE returned to winning ways at the home of nearby rivals Market Deeping yesterday afternoon.
The visitors won by 57 runs at Outgang Road despite the best efforts of Deeping skipper David Gillett, who ended unbeaten on 51 as Deeping finished on 111 for nine with Alex Wheatley retired hurt.
Bourne made 168 with skipper Pete Morgan moving himself to the opening bat, opposite Ben Stroud. The switch proved a wise move as he made 36 and Jack Berry, who slipped down the order to seventh man added 24. Top scorer, however, was David Christmas with 40 runs.
Tom Atallah and Nick Andrews were the pick of the bowlers, both claiming four wickets.
Deeping's reply rarely got going with the exception of Gillett. Opener Richard Witt, with 14, was the only other batsman to make double figures on a day when all five of Bourne's bowlers claimed scalps.
South African Robbie Gow Kleinschmidt returned the best figures with three for 22 runs off 9 overs.
The result leavesBourne in relative mid-table safety but Deeping will looking over their shoulders at the two teams below them with Boston just 20 points behind.
Next Saturday's fixtures include Bourne at home to Woodhall Spa and Deeping's trip to Grimsby.