Bourne took the lion’s share of the points in an eventful Lincs Premier Division derby with Market Deeping on Saturday.
The top-of-the-table clash had pretty much everything else, apart from a winner, because after 100 overs of full-on action which included 526 runs, 16 wickets, some fine catches, but many dropped catches, some superb hitting, but poor shot selection batting, and a couple of umpiring controversies, as the too sides eventually settled for a draw.
Table-toppers Bourne were probably the happier of the two teams and not just because they picked up the majority of the points. Their unbeaten record was under serious threat at the start of both innings, but they fought back well to finish the match on top. Deeping’s last pair, wicket-keeper Dave Sargeant and 16 year-old Jackson Andrews, had to see off the last 21 balls to secure the draw and the former did well to survive a hostile last over from Colin Cheer.
Not that Deeping skipper Dave Gillett, a top-notch performer who has seen many better personal days than this one, was happy at the end. He saw this as a glorious chance to beat Bourne for the second year in a row on home turf and blamed some key misses in the field for that failure.
None was more vital than his own when he shelled a sharp low slip-catch when Carl Wilson was on eight. Gillett did eventually snare his man, but only after he’d reached a ton that also featured a drop by Jamie Morgan just before he reached his half-century.
Wilson, who is full of improvisation and positive intent, put on 169 for the fifth wicket with Rob Bentley (73). Bentley was also given a life by Sargeant as Deeping’s fielders let down a home attack weakened by traffic issues on the M25 which robbed them of the services of their most potent seam bowler, Tom Andrews, a Public School teacher based in Berkshire.
Andrews set foot on the field for the start of the 43rd over (Deeping had fielded a 10 year-old substitute fielder in Callum Yates until then) but was not permitted to bowl which was a shame for the home side as Alistair Sharp and Lee Peacock both found enough seam movement to reduce Bourne to 36-3, although some Kamikaze strokeplay also helped.
Ben Stroud played nicely for 36 before he was cruelly adjudged lbw off the middle of the bat to leave Bourne on 72-4, but Wilson and Bentley made light of the situation to score freely with some attractive strokeplay. Bourne eventually closed on 274-9 from their 50 overs, a considerable score even on the fast-scoring Outgang Road ground.
However Deeping showed why they started the day second in the table with a blistering first four overs of the reply.
Chris Jones had stroked 14 from the first over, Jamie Morgan - the younger brother of Bourne skipper Pete Morgan - went into Twenty/20 mode cracking 30 off one seven-ball Jack Berry over.
It was 55-0 after those four blistering overs, but Morgan fell immediately after reaching a 29-ball fifty which included 10 fours and a six. It took a great running catch by Conrad Louth to get him out, but Deeping were left to score their runs at around five-an-over and they fielded a lengthy batting line-up.
Jones played classily for 57 before he was run out by his skipper, Gillett himself lofted a drive off the out-of-form Berry and was caught superbly one-handed by Stuart Airey, Tom Andrews was also expertly snaffled on the boundary by Archie Stroud, Meli Adatia was bounced out by Airey (illegally according to Deeping) and Peacock and Sharp declined to offer sensible support to the impressive Sargeant and instead gave their wickets away with ugly hoicks.
Deeping were then forced to play for the draw which they accomplished after a couple of scares including a nick from Sargeant that just eluded Bourne wicket-keeper Wilson.
In truth justice was probably seen to be done. Both sides played the game in such an aggressive, attacking and entertaining matter, it would have been a shame if either had lost.
P. Morgan c Sargeant b Peacock 1
B. Stroud lbw Sharp 36
C. Louth c Sargeant b Sharp 16
S. Airey c Sargeant b Sharp 2
C. Wilson c Gillett b Adatia 100
R. Bentley b Peacock 73
J. Berry b Peacock 20
A. Stroud not out 9
J. Temple not out 1
TOTAL (7 wkts) 274
Bowling: A. Sharp 9-0-53-3; L. Peacock 12-1-84-3; M. Adatia 16-1-80-1; J. Andrews 13-2-56-0.
C. Jones run out 57
J. Morgan c Louth b B. Stroud 50
A. Wheatley b B. Stroud 0
D. Gillett c Airey b Berry 28
M. Adatia c Wilson b Airey 36
T. Andrews c A. Stroud b Cheer 14
D. Sargeant not out 30
L. Peacock c Berry b B. Stroud 1
A. Sharp b Cheer 12
R. Bainborough lbw Cheer 6
J. Andrews not out 0
TOTAL (9 wkts) 252