Deeping and Bourne face batsmen at the top of their game

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Bourne CC slipped into the bottom two of the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League after Saturday’s round of matches.

Five days after beating Bracebridge Heath in the final of the Twenty20 Winkworth Cup, they were left clinging onto their final wicket to avoid a league defeat at the Abbey Lawn.

Bracebridge set out to make amends for their cup loss on Monday with Paul Cook (81) and Nick John (99) constructing a 180-run opening partnership until both were dismissed in two balls by Ben Stroud. Brett Houston then added 55 as the visitors motored to 288-6 from their 50 overs.

Stroud was the most effective of the bowlers, taking 4 for 69 off 12 overs.

Stuart Airey then continued his excellent batting form with 71 as Bourne hung on to their last wicket to finish 203 for nine, leaving Bracebridge with a winning draw by 85 runs.

Bourne dropped below Haxey who they face on the road next weekend.

Deeping also dropped one place, to third, as the top of the table changed again with leaders Grimsby losing at 2012 champions Haxey, Market Deeping suffering a last ball defeat at Sleaford.

Deeping, who host Louth on Saturday, lost by 57 runs after being set an impressive target at Sleaford.

The hosts made 309-3 with Timothy McIntosh blasting five sixes and 19 fours on his way to an unbeaten 179. Fellow opener Thomas Shorthouse added 68.

In reply, Alex Wheatley struck 57, Ben Willemsen 48 and Tom Andrews 50 but Deeping fell on 252.

Woodhall Spa now head the league after a low scoring game at Louth while Hartsholme slipped further behind in last place after a heavy defeat at Lindum.

Four wickets for Agha Tahir, including a hat-trick, helped restrict Woodhall to 144 all out, a modest total that nevertheless proved beyond Louth’s reach as the home side’s last wicket fell on 124.

At Grimsby, Graeme Attenborough hit 59 as Haxey set their opponents a target of 208 for eight. Grimsby then found themselves 78 for six as Josh Savage and Paul Bell got among the wickets. Steve Crossley (35) and Connor Hawkins halted the slide but Hawkins ran out of partners on 37 as the final wicket fell on 141.

Three half centuries helped Spalding to the lion’s share of the points against Skegness, Warren Nel making 75, Josh Newton 52 and Campbell Light an unbeaten 59 to take the score to 251 for four. But their opponents’ final wicket proved elusive as the seasiders finished on 190 for nine.

Results: Lindum 229-6 (Wright 77, Hornsby 74), Hartsholme 77; Woodhall Spa 144 (Tahir 4 wkts inc hat trick), Louth 124; Haxey 208-8 (Attenborough 59), Grimsby 141; Bracebridge Heath 288-6 (Cook 81, John 99, Houston 55), Bourne 203-9 (Airey 71); Sleaford 309-3 (McIntosh 179no, Shorthouse 68), Market Deeping 252 (Wheatley 57, Andrews 50); Spalding 251-4 (Nel 75, Newton 52, Light 59no), Skegness 190-9;