CRICKET: Louth century sets up Bourne win

CONRAD Louth hit an unbeaten 120 as Bourne picked up their first victory of the season in the Lincolnshire Premier League.

Louth guided Bourne to 235 for nine and a 124 run win at Hartsholme where the hosts struggled before being bowled out for 110.

Darren Cousins took four wickets, Alexander Graham three and Robbie Gow Kleinschmidt two as Bourne cruised to victory.

Despite the efforts of groundsman, players and umpires, no play was possible at Market Deeping where the ground is still waterlogged.

Haxey made it three wins in a row to stay top despite a haul of six for 20 for Grimsby’s Matthew Cocks. Peter Harvey scored 80 as the leaders were all out for 189 but Paul Bell’s line and length proved too much for the visitors who were bowled out for 108, Bell with five for 27 to take his total to 15 for the season.

Skegness lie second after skipper Saeed Bariwala hit an unbeaten 169 at Louth, sharing an opening stand of 126 with Peter Houghton whose 58 took his total runs past the 200 mark.

Oliver Pringle then took six wickets as the home side were all out for 128, Matthew Crowther contributing a half century.

Close behind the seasiders are Woodhall Spa who saw off Boston at Jubilee Park. The visitors had reach 90 for four when Dan Milgate struck, taking five for 10 to help bowl the Mayflower team out for 133 of which Jonathan Cheer made 50.

Ben O’Brien then swapped ball for bat to hit 58 but it was opener Jack Hughes who anchored the Woodhall innings, finishing unbeaten on 48 as his side claimed an eight wicket victory.

At Lindum, Bracebridge Heath once again picked up the batting points after recovering from 27 for three. Ben Powell and Stuart Turner took the early wickets but Brett Houston and Paul Cook dug in and when Houston became Powell’s third victim for 84, the score had reached 152. Cook went on to make 55 and Powell finished with four wickets as the innings closed on 234 for eight.

Lindum also lost early wickets but an innings of 51 from Karanjit Bansal kept the scoreboard moving and Bracebridge were denied an outright win as the home side finished on 154 for eight.

Results: Boston 133, Woodhall Spa 134-2; Haxey 189, Grimsby 108; Skegness 293-6, Louth 128;

Bracebridge Heath 234-8, Lindum 154-8; Market Deeping v Sleaford – no play, waterlogged pitch; Bourne 235-9, Hartsholme 110.