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Terrific 24 hours as Abbey Lawn side sink Sleaford after Sixes success

Bourne are within six points of top spot in the Lincolnshire Premier League after a high-scoring success at previous leaders Sleaford on Saturday.

Jack Berry blasted a century in the 15-run victory which capped a terrific 24 hours for the Abbey Lawn club following their triumph in the Burghley Park Sixes on Friday night.

The league had been hit by the withdrawal of Alford from the competition ahead of the weekend's action.

Jack Berry hit a century for Bourne on Saturday. (13520460)
Jack Berry hit a century for Bourne on Saturday. (13520460)

Removal of the points gained from Alford's games - they had been bowled out for 27 in a heavy defeat against Bourne - had led to several changes of position in the table with new leaders Woodhall Spa benefitting by only losing five points from their rained off game.

Bourne had been asked to bat first on Saturday after losing the toss with Jordan Temple and Jack Berry getting them off to a superb start.

They shared a century stand for the opening wicket before Sleaford finally managed to find a breakthrough when Temple was bowled by Rhys Collings for 35.

Sam Evison came out to the crease to join Berry and they maintained Bourne's early dominance of the contest.

They added another 82 runs for the second wicket until Evison was bowled by Dakota Rogers for 36.

The introduction of Rodgers and Chamara Kapugedara into the home bowling attack saw Sleaford work their way back into the contest.

Sixes sensation Courtney Kruger lasted just three balls before being trapped leg before by Kapugedara who then had Bourne skipper Pete Morgan caught by Matthew Wing for eight which left the visitors on 197-4.

Berry continued to score well at the other end and passed his century from 109 balls after smashing seven fours and five sixes.

However, just two runs after reaching his ton, he was caught by Aayush Patel off Rodgers with the score on 211.

Steven Crossley (12) and Tom Dixon (22) kept the home side's tally ticking over until both fell to Kapugedara who returned 4-46 from nine overs.

Ben Keast then cracked 15 off 11 balls before last man Colin Cheer hit two vital boundaries in his 10 not out which helped Bourne finish their 50 overs on 281-9.

Rodgers and Patel set Sleaford on their way in reply with a 44-run opening partnership which was broken by Kidd having the latter caught behind by Crossley for 17.

Rodgers and Kapugedara added a further 26 runs before the opener was caught and bowled by Tom Dixon for 31.

Kapugedara then followed for 40 with Crossley claiming his second catch off the bowling of Dan Bandaranaike with Sleaford on 119-3.

A further 49 runs were added by Andy Hibberd and Oliver Burford for the fourth wicket until the home skipper was caught by Bandaranaike off Berry for 42.

Burford and Wing then set about the final flourish of the run chase with an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 98.

Burford blasted nine fours and a six in his 84 not out and Wing was unbeaten on 40 at the close, but they were unable to get close enough to Bourne's target.

They eventually closed their 50 overs on 266-4 as tight bowling at the death from Kidd and Berry ensured Bourne gained revenge for a narrow two-run defeat against Sleaford on the opening day of the season.

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