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Deeping 2nds suffer first defeat of the season after losing close contest

Bourne 2nds maintained the pressure on leaders Spalding at the top of the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division with a 69-run away victory at Long Sutton on Saturday.

Rob Dunn was the star performer for the Abbey Lawn side after making 85 as the visitors posted 252-8 from their 45 overs.

Dunn was given solid support by Josh Bentley (42) and Ben Keast (38) while Sutton conceded 42 extras to boost the Bourne cause.

Rob Dunn (13284954)
Rob Dunn (13284954)

Richard Hewitt and Sam Martin then both picked up three wickets apiece to help dismiss Sutton for 183 in their reply.

Hewitt helped himself to 3-47 from 12 overs while Martin took 3-25 from seven overs to keep Bourne within two points of the table-toppers.

Billingborough went down to a narrow 27-run defeat at Grantham 2nds in the same division.

The hosts had made 205-2 from their 45 overs with Stuart Gollop and Aaron Pullum picking up a wicket apiece for Billingborough.

The visitors struggled early on in their reply as Jared Hackney took 3-17 from eight overs for Grantham.

Paul Goodwin (43) and Bill Sadler (22) led the Billingborough recovery before Jed Humphries, at number nine, hit an unbeaten 40 not out.

However, Rahul Kumar's 4-60 from 12 overs proved crucial as Billingborough were bowled out for 178 in reply.

Josh Bentley (13284968)
Josh Bentley (13284968)

Market Deeping 2nds suffered their first defeat of the Division One campaign after losing a nailbiting contest at Moulton Harrox by just four runs.

They had bowled out their hosts for 160 after Nick Andrews had taken 4-49 from his 12-over spell.

Deeping then looked in control of their run chase with Ross Barnes blasting 62 as they raced to 116-3.

However, they lost their last seven wickets for just 40 runs as Simon Juckes's 3-27 from seven overs helped Harrox dismiss Deeping for 156.

Baston remain rooted to the foot of the Division One table after a nine-wicket away defeat at Boston 3rds.

Andy Keen (24), Ben Hudson (22), John Lamin (31no) and Liam Davies (24) had helped Baston post 158-8 from their 45 overs.

However, the Baston bowling attack were unable to quell Boston openers Rowan Evans and Kev Manning who took their side to the brink of victory with a 151-run partnership.

Manning was eventually caught and bowled by Lamin for 77, but Evans eased his side home inside 25 overs with an unbeaten 73 not out.

Uffington conceded their home clash with Long Sutton 2nds in Division Two while Billingborough 2nds were awarded the points from their match with Sleaford 3rds.

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