TWO five wicket hauls defined results when Bourne and Market Deeping finally got their Lincolnshire ECB Premier League campaigns underway on Saturday.
Market Deeping’s new signing, Australian Tom Atallah, took five wickets at Boston who were all out for 103.
Jamie Morgan then hit 58 off 60 balls as Deeping claimed a seven wicket win.
There was less joy for Jamie's brother, Pete, and his side Bourne.
Bourne's season finally got under way with newcomers Haxey visiting the Abbey Lawn but Haxey, who managed to beat the weather a week earlier to start their season maintained their early league lead with a 20 point victory.
Skipper Mark Atkins took five for 17 to help bowl the home side out for 151, a total Haxey overtook for the loss of four wickets.
Elsewhere Sleaford shrugged off last weekend’s heavy defeat to trounce Hartsholme by eight wickets at London Road after bowling their guests out for just 78.
Grimsby also bounced back, recording the day’s highest total of 240 for six at Augusta Street with Richard Antcliffe hitting 83. However, the bowlers were unable to finish off visitors Louth who hung on to claim an extra three points with 182 for nine.
Champions Bracebridge Heath hosted an excellent opening game at Cross O’ Cliff Court that brought three half centuries and a five wicket haul. Skegness batted first and reached 228 for eight, Peter Houghton adding to last week’s century with an innings off 67 and Oliver Pringle making 50 while Matt Bradley got his season off to a good start with five wickets.
Brett Houston then hit 58 and Paul Cook made a welcome return to the crease with an unbeaten 49 as Bracebridge Heath claimed victory with 232 for seven.
Lindum also suffered at the hands of an overseas player as Ben O’Brien took five for 42 for Woodhall Spa. Lindum were all out for 118, but the visitors were made to battle all the way, losing seven wickets before reaching their target.
Results: Boston 103 (Atallah 5-19), Market Deeping 104-3 (Morgan 58); Bourne 151 (Atkins 5-17), Haxey 152-4; Skegness 228-8 (Houghton 67, Pringle 50, Bradley 5-61), Bracebridge Heath 232-7 (Houston 58); Grimsby 240-6 (Antcliffe 83), Louth 182-9; Lindum 118, (O’Brien 5-42), Woodhall Spa 119-7; Hartsholme 78, Sleaford 80-2;