Stroud smashes first league ton

Ben Stroud hit his first Lincs ECB Premier century, scoring 107 for Bourne
Ben Stroud hit his first Lincs ECB Premier century, scoring 107 for Bourne

BEN Stroud and Fahad Masood led Bourne to victory against Nettleham as the threat of rain loomed at the Abbey Lawn on Saturday.

Stroud hit 107 for his maiden century in the Lincolnshire Premier League on a day when Bourne’s other batsmen struggled.

Conrad Louth’s 22 was the side’s next highest score as they settled on 226-8 from their 50 overs, with James Pickering taking 5 for 41 for the visitors.

Now racing the elements, Masood wasted no time ripping through the Nettleham order.

Last summer’s top wicket-taker in the league, Masood took seven for just 23 runs off 14 tight overs. The Pakistani professional already leads this year’s standings with 16 wickets in three matches.

Further wickets for Charlie Hopkins and David Christmas sent Nettleham packing for a measley 88 runs and a 138 run victory.

The result lifts Bourne to fifth, close behind the early pace-setters, with Market Deeping above them in third spot after their victory at Woodhall Spa where Chris Jones eclipsed Stroud’s innings by two runs.

Jones smacked 109 to end a remarkable week of personal run-gorging in Market Deeping’s six-wicket win.

Deeping’s win also featured three wickets in three balls for Karl Green and an opening stand of 158 between Jones and James Morgan (78) as Woodhall’s 262-8 proved woefully inadequate.

Earlier in the week Jones had scored 130 and 92 in two MCC matches, the second one arriving at Lord’s.

Deeping skipper Dave Gillett said: “Chris batted magnificently. In fact the openers were both superb as they left the rest of us a relatively easy run chase. We knew we would go for a few runs, but we kept them within range.

“It’s a great win for us because in the side we had a 15-year-old, a 16-year-old, and a couple of 41-year-olds as well as Chris, who is almost 40.

“Chris certainly looked in good nick and it was also pleasing to see another Deeping player get a 50 at Lord’s, even if his was in a friendly.”

Jones’ 109 came off 133 balls while Morgan’s 78, off just 71 balls, included 14 fours and six.

Lindum extended their lead at the top courtesy of a six-wicket win at Skegness, while Bracebridge Heath moved up to second after beating Grimsby.

Deeping host Sleaford tomorrow while 2010 champions Bourne travel to Louth.