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Bourne Cricket Club are top of the Lincolnshire Premier League after victory over Grantham

Bourne are setting the pace at the top of the Lincolnshire Premier League after defeating previously unbeaten Grantham on Saturday.

The Abbey Lawn side ran out winners by eight runs to record their third league victory in a rain-affected contest.

The match was reduced to 33 overs due to the elements which delayed the start of the clash between two of the league's heavyweights this season.

Ben Wright. (47235378)
Ben Wright. (47235378)

Bourne had elected to bat first after winning the toss but lost opener Jack Berry early on with Jordan Temple the next to depart for 12.

Sam Evison and Ben Wright started to build some momentum until Evison fell for 25 to the bowling of Daniel Freeman.

Courtney Kruger came out to join Wright at the crease and they enjoyed Bourne's best stand of the afternoon with a 54-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

However, Kruger's dismissal by Freeman for 27 sparked a mini collapse as Pete Morgan followed two balls later.

Wright was then run out by Elroy Francis for the home side's top score of 38 to leave Bourne wobbling on 113-6.

Tom Dixon lasted just eight deliveries until he was bowled by former Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Surrey bowler Mark Footitt.

Rob Dunn then led the Bourne revival as he and Brandon Diplock added a vital 23 runs for the eighth wicket.

Diplock was caught by Joe Kendall off the bowling of James Dobson for 10, but Dunn and Matt Kidd crucially took Bourne past the 150-run mark.

Dunn finished unbeaten on 22 as Bourne closed out their 33 overs on 153-8. Freeman took 3-28 from seven overs with Footitt returning 2-21 and Dobson 2-31.

Sam Evison. (47235380)
Sam Evison. (47235380)

Bourne's opening attack of Kidd and Colin Cheer made early inroads into the Grantham batting line-up to leave the visitors on 27-3.

Kidd bowled Ross Carnelley and Kendall while Cheer had Jaden Fell caught behind seventh ball by Morgan.

Ben Coddington then led the Grantham fightback as he smashed six fours and a six in his 63 off 69 deliveries.

But Bourne continued to chip away at the wickets at the other end with Wright having Freeman caught by Berry for 11 and former Abbey Lawn player Carl Wilson being bowled by Berry for 24.

Francis was then run out without scoring before Berry turned the game in Bourne's favour with two wickets in two deliveries.

He crucially caught and bowled Coddington and then sent Mason Hilldrith's stumps flying to leave Grantham on 135-8.

Kidd was then brought back into the Bourne attack and he completed his four wicket haul by dismissing the final two Grantham batsmen.

He bowled Footitt for three and then had Curtis Free caught by Berry first ball to finish with 4-21 from 6.2 overs.

Berry returned 3-31 from six overs as Bourne maintained their fine start which will face another tough test this weekend when they travel to face perennial champions Bracebridge Heath.

Colin Cheer.
Colin Cheer.

Bourne progressed to the next round of the National Club Championship after a 47-run success over league rivals Woodhall Spa on Sunday.

The Abbey Lawn side racked up an imposing 276-4 from their 40 overs before restricting Woodhall to 106-5 in their rain-affected reply.

Spa were set a revised target of 154 from 19.2 overs due to the elements but fell short in their run chase as Bourne booked a tie with Nottinghamshire Premier League side Cavaliers and Carrington in the second round.

Bourne had elected to bat first at Jubilee Park and all of their batsmen made solid contributions.

Jack Berry and Jordan Temple got Bourne off to a good start with an 89-run stand for the first wicket.

Despite Berry departing for a quick-fire 39 off just 30 deliveries - which included seven fours and a six - Sam Evison joined Temple to continue the momentum.

They added a further 43 runs for the next wicket until Temple tumbled for 39 with Bourne on 132-2.

Evison and Ben Wright then put on Bourne's best partnership of the match with an 80-run stand for the third wicket.

Wright smashed four fours and five sixes in his 41-ball 57 while Evison found the boundary nine times in his 66.

Courtney Kruger then cracked 35 off just 22 deliveries to ensure Bourne finished strongly before the heavens opened.

Bourne then immediately had Woodhall on the back foot from the start of their reply as Colin Cheer had opener Oliver Caswell caught behind by Pete Morgan off the first ball of the Spa innings.

Jack Hughes faced just 11 deliveries before Cheer struck again, courtesy of an Evison catch, to leave the hosts reeling on 7-2.

Karan Parmar and Prassanna Jaywardene steadied Spa with a 76-run stand for the third wicket which was broken when Cheer caught Parmar for 48 off the bowling of Brandon Diplock.

Jaywardene departed four runs later when he was caught by Temple off Matt Kidd to dent Spa's hopes of victory.

Diplock struck again to dismiss Nick Bennett as Spa eventually finished short of their revised target.

Cheer finished with 2-5 from his two over stint while Diplock returned 2-30 from five overs.

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