Morgan and Louth lead Bourne to victory

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Bourne beat Louth by 74 runs to bounce back from the wreckage of their ten wicket defeat at Sleaford a week earlier.

Skipper Pete Morgan set the tone at the Abbey Lawn with 91 and a 133 second-wicket partnership opposite Conrsad Louth, who made 64. Wicketkeeper Carl Wilson added 40 as Bourne made 269 for 7.

The visitors then reached 172 for 4 before collapsing to 195 all out inside 43 overs with Stuart Airey taking 4 for 19 off just 3.5 overs.

The victory lifts Bourne above Spalding in the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League table but they are still well down in ninth.

At the other end of the table, Deeping slipped to fourth, leap-frogged by Saturday’s opponents Bracebridge Heath, who won by 142 runs.

Brett Houston put in a man of the match performance at Cross O’Cliff Court with 54 of Bracebridge’s total of 245. Houston then took five for 36 as Deeping were all out for 103.

At the top, Woodhall Spa extended their lead by picking up 20 points at Haxey while challengers Sleaford were held to a draw at Spalding.

The leaders bowled their opponents out for 143 then romped home by 10 wickets thanks to Jonny Cheer’s 74 off 70 balls and 64 from Sam Evison.

Sleaford hit the highest total of the day, reaching 316 for 4, Tim McIntosh hit an unbeaten 162 and Tom Shorthouse contributed 61. But Spalding were also on good batting form, ending their innings on 229 for 5 to take seven points from the game, Warren Nel unbeaten on 115.

After two victories in the last two weeks, Hartsholme suffered an eight wicket defeat at the hands of Skegness who bowled their visitors out for 107 and went on to win by eight wickets. This leaves Hartsholme 20 behind Haxey and both are now well adrift of Spalding and Bourne, the teams just above them.

The closest game of the day came in mid-table as Grimsby entertained Lindum who won the toss and elected to bat but were quickly reduced to 38 for 3 by Matthew Cocks. The middle order dug in with Tom Lindsay hitting 51 and at the end of the innings, the score had reached 227 for 9, Saikat Sarkar unbeaten on 45.

Grimsby got off to a much better start but needing 13 runs with three wickets still standing, their chase was ended by adevasting spell from Stuart Turner as all these wickets fell for just seven runs to give Lindum a six run victory that moved them up to sixth in the table.

Results

Hartsholme 107, Skegness 110-2; Haxey 143, Woodhall Spa 146-0 (Cheer 74no, Evison 64no); Bracebridge Heath 245 (Houston 54), Market Deeping 103 (Houston 5-36); Bourne 269-7 (Morgan 91, Louth 64), Louth 195; Sleaford 316-4 (McIntosh 162no, Shorthouse 61), Spalding 229-5 (Nel 115no); Lindum 227-9 (Lindsay 51), Grimsby 221 (Crossley 54).