BOTH Market Deeping and 2010 champions Bourne dropped points at the weekend as Bracebridge Heath opened up a gap at the top of the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League.
Bracebridge beat Louth for whom Nuwan Shiroman hit 62 and moved to top place in the total of runs for the season, level with Hartsholme’s Warren Nel, both having made 390 from seven games.
Although Nel made fewer this week - just six before becoming the first of Tom Andrews’ six victims for Market Deeping.
But Andrews’ failed to prevent Hartsholme taking the lion’s share of the points after notching up the day’s highest total of 259 for nine. Kit Spence was closing in on his maiden Premier League century when he fell to Andrews for 94 and with Chris Jones at the crease, Deeping looked set for another successful run chase.
But wickets fell steadily at the other end, Martin Shilliton claiming four and Deeping had to settle for 198 for seven, Jones carrying his bat with 103, the day’s only century.
Deeping are now 16 points behind Bracebridge who were bowled out for 229.
Grimsby profited from Deeping’s result and are now just 10 points off second place, replacing Lindum in third after setting Bourne a target of 227 before bowling them out for 200, Conrad Louth making 83.
Jim Morgan hit 72 and Neal Snell 51 for Grimsby while George Linde added five more wickets to his growing total.
Lindum slid down the table once again to fifth after being bowled out for 114 at Sleaford, who reached their target for the loss of six wickets,
Boston moved to heady fourth with an 18 run victory over Skegness.
Nettleham slipped to the bottom of the table after going down by four wickets to fellow strugglers Woodhall Spa for whom Sam Evison hit 80.