Favourites are among leaders

Lincs ECB Premier League

MARKET Deeping and 2010 champions Bourne are leading the charge behind perennial favourites Bracebridge Heath at the top of the Lincolnshire Premier League.

Bourne took a while to get going last summer but already look threatening this season. They won again on Saturday but not without a fight at Louth where Fahad Masood took another five wickets to help bowl the home side out for 163 in 40 overs.

But in the face of some tight bowling the league champions made hard work of reaching their target, losing eight wickets before finally claiming a victory which moved them up to third place.

Conrad Louth top-scored with 50 and skipper Pete Morgan added: “That was a fantastic innings. He has batted well all year.

“Last year we were all playing aggressively but he has taken it upon himself to be more disciplined, steadier, which is what we need.”

Bracebridge took over at the top after beating Boston and former leaders Lindum lost heavily to Grimsby for whom South African spinner George Linde took seven for 21 off just 32 balls, including a hat-trick.

In hot pursuit of the leaders are Market Deeping who once again chased down a sizeable score and lie just three points behind Bracebridge.

Sleaford set a challenging 233 but Deeping made short work of this total to win by six wickets. Tom Andrews and David Gillett were unbeaten on 80 and 74 respectively.