CRICKET: Skipper is content with bright finish

Bourne 2nds' Rob Bentley Photo: SM230411-103js
Bourne 2nds' Rob Bentley Photo: SM230411-103js

BOURNE finished their Lincolnshire Premier League campaign on a high, beating Sleaford by 70 runs with a century for the second week running for Conrad Louth.

The victory means Bourne end the season in seventh, lower than in the past few years but given the number of games lost to rain, still a solid foundation for next season.

The Abbey Lawn side won five and lost five but lost a further eight games to the weather and skipper Pete Morgan accepted it was a difficult year to build any sort of rhythm.

“It was hard to get momentum going,” said Morgan, adding the players who came into the side this season have all developed well.

“It was a building year and the younger players had to step up and find their feet. There are three or four who are there or thereabouts so it will be interesting to see how they progress.

“There are areas we knew we need to work on but up good performances against the top teams.”

One of these was against fourth-placed Sleaford on Saturday when Louth struck 12 fours and one six on his way to 100.

Jack Berry added 55 of exactly the same number of balls, and Carl Wilson hit unbeaten 39 as Bourne ended on 246-7.

Berry then followed up his half century with excellent bowling figures of 5-28 in a man-of-the-match performance. Sleaford were dismissed for 176.

“It was a good finish to the season on Saturday,” said Morgan.

“Conrad did really well. He’s had a good year but everyone chipped in at times.

“Robbie (Gow Klienschmidt) contributed nicely as did Carl Wilson.”

At the top of the table, Haxey, already crowned champions, lost to Bracebridge Heath who sealed the runners-up slot with a 67 run win.

At the bottom of the table, Market Deeping gained the points they needed at Skegness to stay above Boston and avoid finishing at the bottom of the table.

In the South Lincolnshire and Border league, Rob Bentley hit an unbeaten 130 as Bourne 2nd XI ended their campaign with a high-scoring win at Sleaford.

Opener Bentley carried his bat for the entire 45 overs as Bourne won the battle of the second XIs by 60 runs. Bourne finished with 264-4 with Tom Bentley adding 45.

Simon Godby then hit 100 for the home side who were all out for 204 with Xanti Xipu taking four wickets for 45 runs.

The result leaves Bourne safely above the drop zone, with Grantham the side in danger should second-bottom Moulton Harrox win their final remaining game.

Bottom side Market Deeping 2nd XI were beaten by Billingborough, who finish the season second following Saturday’s nine wicket victory.

Spalding sealed the championship with a good win over Woodhall Spa 2nd.