CRICKET: Lincs Premier League lead changes hands as weather hits fixtures again

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RAIN continued to put a dampener on the Lincolnshire Premier League as the rain hit fixtures for Market Deeping and Bourne.

Deeping’s match against Bracebridge Heath was cancelled and while Bourne were doing well against Grimsby, rain stopped play.

Carl Wilson and Pete Morgan batted visiting Bourne into a good position at 218 for seven and Xante Xipu took four wickets to help reduce the home side to 118 for six before the match was called off.

The lead at the top changed hands yet again as Skegness moved back to the top of the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League.

The seasiders completed their game against fellow title challengers Woodhall Spa while former leaders Haxey were rained off at home to Boston who appeared to be in a good position to pull off a giant killing.

Having bowled Haxey out for a meagre 129, the bottom side were within 18 runs of their target with three wickets in hand when the weather intervened.

At Richmond Drive, Skegness were rescued by an unbeaten 60 from Paul Butler which helped them to a one wicket win. Woodhall were bowled out for 167, gifting their opponents six overs. Skegness then lost their three top order batsmen for 24 runs and a middle order collapse saw them reduced to 81 for seven.

But Butler and David Jacobs added 58 and when Jacobs was out, the tail-enders supported Butler as he took his side to the slenderest of victories in the 52nd over of the innings.

These results opened up a 15 point gap between the top two and Woodhall Spa who in turn are six ahead of fourth-placed Bracebridge Heath whose game at Market Deeping was rained off.

At London Road, Louth played to a finish, picking up 20 points with a two wicket win in a low scoring game against Sleaford to move into sixth. And Lindum picked up a valuable 16 points after Karanjit Bansal’s five wickets helped them to victory over Hartsholme who now lie just three ahead of Boston at the bottom of the table.

Results

Sleaford 112, Louth 113-8;

Woodhall Spa 167, Skegness 168-9 (Butler 60no, Sargeant 5-42);

Lindum 125-8, Hartsholme 101 (Bansal 5-15);

Bourne 218-7 (Wilson 75, Morgan 66), Grimsby 118-6 – rain stopped play

Haxey 129, Boston 111-7 – rain stopped play

Market Deeping v Bracebridge Heath – cancelled, waterlogged pitch