Lincs Premier Division: All change at the top, no change at the bottom

Ben Smith struck 64 not out for Spalding against Market Rasen.
Ben Smith struck 64 not out for Spalding against Market Rasen.
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Bourne moved above Market Deeping in the Lincs Premier Division table yesterday (July 18) after a day of contrasting fortunes for the A15 neighbours.

Bourne delivered an impressive team display on the coast to see off Skegness by 85 runs, while Deeping suffered a shock four-wicket reverse at Grimsby. As a result Bourne are now third with Deeping fourth.

Conrad Louth (56) top scored in Bourne’s 221-9 before Colin Cheer (4-37) and Martin Shillito (3-36) ripped through the top of the Skegness batting order, but Deeping wasted good starts to both innings after a gruelling drive to the north of the county.

Chris Jones (51) helped Deeping reach 81-0, but too many other key players wasted decent starts and a final score of 185 always looked vulnerable.

And so it proved even though two early wickets for Patrick Brown did reduce the home side to 20-3. Dropped catches and some less-than-accurate bowling proved crucial.#

Start-of-the-day leaders Bracebridge Heath were beaten at Lincoln enabling Woodhall Spa to hit top spot. Woodhall are at Deeping next Saturday (July 25).

Spalding continue to fight for their Premier Division lives at the bottom of the table. They scrapped hard for a draw at Market Rasen yesterday, but they remain 26 points short of safety.

Ben Smith’s second successive half century - he finished unbeaten on 64 - steered Spalding to 177-8 in reply to Rasen’s 190-8. Warren Nel bagged 5-54 in the Rasen innings

GRIMSBY beat MARKET DEEPING by 4 wkts

Market Deeping 185 (C. Jones 51, A. Akhtar 22, D. Gillett 22, E. Kriek 20).

Grimsby 186-6

MARKET RASEN drew with SPALDING

Market Rasen 190-8 (P. Martin 40, I. Williams 38, W. Nel 5-54, D. Milgate 3-76)

Spalding 177-8 (B. Smith 64no, J. Hook 44, M. Rutherford 5-42, T. Boryszczuk 3-55)

SKEGNESS lost to BOURNE by 85 runs

Bourne 221-9 (C. Louth 59, C. Wilson 45, T. Dixon 28, M. Chamberlain 3-39, N. Brackley 3-51),

Skegness 136 (C. Cheer 4-37, M. Shilitto 3-36, X. Xipu 2-28).