Deeping knocked off perch; Bourne’s hopes ended by rain

Cricket action - Bourne (fielding) v Skegness - Jack Berry bowls'Photo: MSMP150613-253js

Cricket action - Bourne (fielding) v Skegness - Jack Berry bowls'Photo: MSMP150613-253js

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Market Deeping were brought down to earth with a heavy loss knocking them off top spot in the Readers Lincolnshire Premier League on Saturday.

Deeping lost a low scoring game by seven wickets at Lindum Ramblers.

The former leaders were missing several key players and fell for just 83 runs inside 33 overs with top-scorer Alex Wheatley’s 17 the second best contribution to Deeping’s tally after the 19 extras. Lindum were reduced to 22 for 3 before steadying their innings to reach their target with no further loss in exactly 20 overs.

Bourne’s match against Skegness at the Abbey Lawn was ended by the weather with the visitors on 192-9.

A break for rain at 29 overs interrupted Skegness at 131 for 2 and Bourne fought back after play resumed, taking seven wickets for 61 with Ben Stroud claiming 4-63 and Airey Stuart 2-24.

Pete Houghton had hit a fine 89 at a run a ball but a heavy downpour put paid to match as pitch became too wet to continue - pity as it looked like being an interesting run chase.

Woodhall Spa bounced back to the top of the ever-changing table with an eight wicket win over bottom side Hartsholme who slipped further behind the teams above them.

After a good start which saw Michael Hale and Louis Kimber put on 45 for the first wicket, Hartsholme struggled to 129 for 6 off their 50 overs, Prasanna Jayawardena taking three wickets for Woodhall. Sam Evison then hit an unbeaten 50 to help Woodhall to victory.

Bracebridge Heath moved up into second as Matt Bradley took his total wickets for the season to 25 with a five wicket haul at Louth. Paul Cook had earlier made 52 of the visitors’ 202 for eight but Bracebridge were denied the full 20 points as Louth held on to reach 170 for nine.

It was a similar story at Sleaford who hit the day’s top score of 225 for eight with Andy Hibberd contributing 51. Eleventh 11th placed Haxey dug in and at the close were 156 for 8, picking up valuable points that keep them in touch with the teams above them.

At Spalding, Jim Morgan added another 72 runs to take his season’s total to 320 and Charlie Kearns claimed six wickets for the home side as Grimsby were all out for 202. Spalding were at 83 for three when the weather intervened.

Results: Market Deeping 83, Lindum 84-3; Hartsholme 129-6, Woodhall Spa 133-2 (Evison 50no); Bracebridge Heath 202-8 (Cook 52), Louth 170-9 (Bradley 5-24); Sleaford 225-8 (Hibberd 51), Haxey 156-8; Grimsby 202 (Morgan 72, C Kearns 6-66), Spalding 83-3 - abandoned; Skegness 192-9 (Houghton 89) v Bourne – abandoned.