Deeping beat the champions but hailstorm knocks Bourne off course

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Market Deeping beat last year’s champions Haxey while Bourne finished 33 runs short for a losing draw at home to Lindum in the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League on Saturday.

Play did not start at the Abbey Lawn until 3pm because of a hailstorm and when the teams did emerge from the pavilion, it was the visitors who set the pace.

Karanjit Bansal made 66 and Charlie Tomlinson 55 as Lindum reached 208 for three but Ben Stroud’s 50 pushed Bourne’s score along and at the close the home side were 175 for six.

Market Deeping went fifth in the early-season table after victory over Haxey who were all out for 131. Kamran Raza took five for 38 and Deeping then lost four wickets before reaching their target.

Elsewhere Spalding recorded their first win, knocking Bracebridge Heath off top spot.

Campbell Light was the architect of Spalding’s win, his seven for 70 helping to bowl Bracebridge out for 118. Nick John made 61 as Bracebridge reached 95 for one before wickets began to tumble. Spalding also saw their innings collapse from 40 without loss to 68 for four before Light’s innings of

42 got them within sight of victory and new signing Ian Smith saw them home by four wickets.

With joint leaders Skegness also losing at home to Woodhall Spa, Louth moved into first place after coming out on the right side of a draw at Sleaford in the highest scoring game of the day.

Arran Brindle hit 59 and Azeem Ghumann scored the second century of the league season with 103 to help the visitors to 282 for seven. Sleaford were also in run-scoring mode, with the total on 246 for eight when the overs ran out

Grimsby went up into second after victory over Hartsholme. Harry Clewett hit 66 and then took six for 18 in a man-of-the-match performance.

Bourne play Hartsholme away on Saturday with Market Deeping hosting Skegness.

Saturday’s results:

Bracebridge Heath 118 (John 61, Light 7-40), Spalding 121-6; Louth 282-7 (Brindle 59, Ghumann 103), Sleaford 246-8 (Burford 60); Grimsby 226 (Clewett 66, Crossley 64, Genge 5-67), Hartsholme 118 (Clewett 6-18); Lindum 208-3 (Bansal 66, Tomlinson 55), Bourne 175-6 (Stroud 50); Woodhall Spa 218-8 (Sergeant 79no), Skegness 150 (Kelum 5-53); Haxey 131 (Raza 5-38), Market Deeping 135-4.