Skipper Morgan leads Bourne’s batting blitz

Bourne's Pete Morgan
Bourne's Pete Morgan
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Bourne’s Pete Morgan hit a superb century as Bourne showed positive signs at the midpoint of the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League season.

Morgan hit the highest individual total in the league on Saturday, smashing 130 off 134 balls with seven fours and five sixes.

Along with Robert Bentley, the Bourne skipper, put on 141 for the first wicket with Bentley cracking 43 before a caught and bowled from Spalding new boy Nabeel Bhayla.

Conrad Louth continued the onslaught, making 87 from 61 balls with 12 fours and a six at the Abbey Lawn.

The innings ended on 298 for 6, three of the wickets falling to Warren Nel and it was Nel who came to the crease with the Spalding score on 39 for two. With the help of Josh Newton and Tim Norris, Nel saw the total to 134 for 3 but when Norris was out for 37, the number three could only watch as the wickets began to tumble at the other end.

When Nel was out for 65, Spalding were 158 for 7 but Ansar Hussain and Jack Barratt answered the call, adding 65 for the eighth wicket. Hussain was out for 36 but Barratt ended unbeaten on 25 as the visitors reached 225 for 8 to claim maximum batting points and an extra three points for the draw.

This leave Bourne and Spalding locked together in eighth place on 110 points, just four behind Louth who lost out to Skegness thanks to a man of the match performance from Saeed Bariwala.

Bracebridge’s defeat enabled Woodhall Spa to open up a 15 point lead at the top of the table after they beat Market Deeping.

Jonny Cheer hit 107 and, with Sam Evison (71), helped put Woodhall in a commanding position. The overs ran out with the home side on 269 for 3; a total that proved too much for Market Deeping who were all out for 148, David Gillett hitting 62.

Elsewhere, Hartsholme caused the upset of the weekend with a 49 run win over Bracebridge Heath that pushed the former champions down from second to third place in the table.

Playing at Ashby Avenue, skipper Henry Rush led from the front after Matthew Wooldridge’s 58 had taken his side to 185 for 7, normally an achievable total for the visitors. But Rush got among the wickets, claiming the first eight wicket haul this season to finish with 8 for 47 as Bracebridge were all out for 136.

The result still leaves Hartsholme 34 points behind 11th place Haxey whose victory over Lindum, in the closest match of the day, keeps them within 14 points of their opponents.

Haxey managed 163 for 8 with Graeme Attenborough making 54 while Luke Robinson took six wickets for the home side.

Lindum looked well on the way to a win after Will Wright made 66 and took the total to 104 for three. But the combined attack of Attenborough and Josh Savage then reduced Lindum to 140 for 9 and the home side fell seven runs short of their target.

Sleaford moved into second with a nine wicket win over Grimsby who were bowled out for 184, Steve Crossley hitting 64 of the runs and Shaun Morris taking six wickets. Tim McIntosh then made an unbeaten 80 and Tom Shorthouse hit 83 for the home side.

Batting first at London Road, Louth set off at high speed, Stewart West making a quick 64 but Bariwala’s seven for 36 restricted the home side to 176 all out.

The Skegness bowler then turned batsman to hit 90 runs and take his side to a five wicket win.

Results: Louth 176 (S West 64, Bariwala 7-36), Skegness 179-5 (Bariwala 90); Grimsby 184 (Crossley 64, Morris 6-50), Sleaford 188-1 (McIntosh 80no, Shorthouse 83); Bourne 298-6 (Morgan 130, Louth 87), Spalding 225-8 (Nel 65); Woodhall Spa 269-3 (Cheer 107, Evison 71), Market Deeping 148 (Gillett 62); Haxey 163-8 (Attenborough 54, Robinson 6-39), Lindum 156 (Wright 66, Savage 5-30); Hartsholme 185-7 (Wooldridge 58), Bracebridge Heath 136 (Rush 8-47).

P W L D NR Bat Bowl Pts

Woodhall Spa 11 8 1 1 1 33 41 162

Sleaford 11 6 3 2 0 40 35 147

Bracebridge Hth 11 4 3 3 1 37 39 144

Market Deeping 11 6 5 0 0 38 36 134

Skegness 11 5 4 1 1 39 31 128

Grimsby 11 4 3 2 2 37 31 124

Louth 11 2 4 4 1 32 33 114

Spalding 11 3 3 3 2 27 32 110

Bourne 11 2 3 4 2 30 32 110

Lindum 11 2 5 4 0 30 31 107

Haxey 11 3 5 2 1 20 34 93

Hartsholme 11 2 8 0 1 13 21 59