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Dixon in dominant form with half-century and three-wicket haul

Bourne surged into second spot at the halfway stage of the Lincolnshire Premier League campaign after a 69-run home success over Boston on Saturday.

They are now just 11 points adrift of table-topping Sleaford who they meet in an intriguing clash at London Road on Saturday.

Bourne elected to bat first after winning the toss at a sun-drenched Abbey Lawn on Saturday with openers Sam Evison and Jack Berry going well early on.

Jack Berry (13246219)
Jack Berry (13246219)

They were just two runs shy of a half-century opening partnership when Berry was caught and bowled by Tim Bell for 27.

Bell then picked up another two wickets in quick succession by dismissing Courtney Kruger for two and skipper Pete Morgan first ball to leave Bourne bamboozled on 50-3.

Evison and Steven Crossley boosted the Bourne total to 77 until the home opener was bowled by Paul Deans for 36.

Rob Bentley blasted 15 off just 17 deliveries to take Bourne past the century mark before a stirring rally put a dent in Boston's bid for a second league success of the season.

Crossley and Tom Dixon put on 54 runs for the sixth wicket until the home wicket-keeper was trapped leg before by Boston skipper Tom Baxter for 40.

This brought Ben Slack out to join Dixon at the crease and they produced a superb match-defining partnership.

Slack smashed seven fours and a six in his half-century which came off just 46 balls as they added 94 runs for the seventh wicket until he was caught by Will Tetther as Bell bagged his fourth wicket.

Dixon was also dominant with three fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 52 off 55 balls which helped Bourne post 246-7 from their 50 overs.

Sam Evison (13246224)
Sam Evison (13246224)

Colin Cheer then ripped through the top order of his home-town club to leave Boston's reply on 25-3.

Cheer bowled both Ben Troops and Tetther without scoring with Crossley claiming the catch which helped dismiss Sam Holland for three.

Crossley then safely held onto an edge from Peter Mitchell off the bowling of Dan Bandaranaike as Boston stumbled to 34-4.

Skipper Baxter and Adeesha Thilanchana led the visitors' fightback with a 38-run stand for the fifth wicket until the Sri Lankan was caught by Morgan off Slack for 44.

Dixon was then introduced into the Bourne attack and followed up his fine innings by taking 3-51 from his eight over spell.

He had Baxter caught by Matt Kidd for 24 and then followed that up with the wicket of Deans for 34 after he had blasted eight boundaries in his 22-ball innings.

Ben Lawrence was then bowled first ball by Dixon to leave Boston on 156-8 which left Berry to blitz the remaining two wickets.

He had Paul Tetther caught by Dixon for a patient 27 before ending Scott Elleray's late swansong with a caught and bowled after the Boston tail-ender had smashed a four and two sixes in his 20 runs off just nine balls as the visitors were bowled out for 177.

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