Bourne and Market Deeping continue to set the pace in Lincs Premier League

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Bourne and Market Deeping continue in the top two places in the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League, with Bourne extending their lead to 16 points after beating Billingborough while Spalding held Deeping to a draw.

Chris Jones made the only century, hitting 117 as Deeping clocked up the day’s highest total of 271 for seven but were then denied maximum points after Spalding finished 199 
for nine.

Spalding, for whom Thivanka Rajaratne hit 89, reached 150 for one but then collapsed, thanks in part to Lee Peacock’s five-wicket haul.

Billingborough scored early success at Bourne with a wicket with just 10 runs on the board but Ben Stroud (79) and Conrad Louth added 132 for the second wicket and Louth and Neval Grazette added a further 70 for the third as Bourne finished on 234 for three, Louth unbeaten on 87.

Billingborough batted steadily but lost wickets at regular intervals and three wickets each for Grazette and Colin Cheer, who continued his outstanding form after proving to be the match winner in Twenty20 action, saw them bowled out for 149.

Promoted side Billingborough are second from bottom in the league.