MARKET Deeping beat Skegness handsomely at Outgang Road yesterday, knocking the leaders off their perch in the Lincs EDB Premier League in the process.
Deeping smashed the day’s top score of 239 for six against the Seasiders with Jamie Morgan hitting 93.
Tom Atallah then took five wickets to inflict the second defeat of the season on the Skegness, who were bowled out for 186 and slipped down to second.
Haxey moved back to the top after a narrow two-wicket win over 2011 champions Bracebridge Heath.
In a low scoring game, the home side were bowled out for 143, Paul Bell taking four wickets. But Haxey also found the going tough, Dale Coy taking them over the line with an unbeaten 22 as Brett Houston also took four wickets for Bracebridge.
Deeping meanwhile moved to within a point of local rivals Bourne, who were heavily beaten at Sleaford where Nick Goacher took five wickets as Bourne were skittled for 100 chasing Sleaford’s total of 234 all out.
At the bottom of the table, Boston picked up their first victory of 2012 at home to Grimsby despite Harry Warwick’s 85 which took his side to 203 for eight. Colin Cheer took five wickets for Boston and brother Jonny then hit the day’s highest individual score with an unbeaten 96 to take Boston to an eight wicket win, Cheer and Dan Hegarty (83) sharing a second wicket stand of 182.
Boston are now only 10 points behind Hartsholme who lost to Woodhall Spa.
Lindum moved up a place despite their defeat at the hands of Louth.