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Crossley cracks half-century before Bandaranaike's four-wicket bonanza

Bourne's brilliant run of form continued on Saturday as they knocked Grantham off the summit of the Lincolnshire Premier League with a 43-run away success.

Pete Morgan's men had beaten perennial champions Bracebridge Heath and previously unbeaten Lindum in the lead-up to the clash at Gorse Lane.

And they again delivered another excellent all-round performance to defeat a Grantham side who are now skippered by former Bourne wicket-keeper Carl Wilson.

Sam Evison fell one short of his half-century. (11223584)
Sam Evison fell one short of his half-century. (11223584)

Wilson had lost the toss against his old club who elected to bat first, but openers Jack Berry and Jordan Temple fell with just 19 runs on the board.

Sam Evison and Courtney Kruger set about overcoming the sticky start as they piled on 90 runs for the third wicket.

Kruger was then caught and bowled for 36 by John Nyumbu who went on to become a thorn in the Bourne batting line-up.

Nyumbu claimed 5-51 from 14 overs with only wicket-keeper Steven Crossley and Matt Kidd getting the upper hand on the Grantham bowler.

After Evison and Kruger's partnership had been broken up, Bourne slumped to 135-7 with Daniel Freeman and Neil Stevenson also among the wickets.

Crossley remained defiant as the wickets tumbled around him though and he and Kidd produced a pivotal 56-run partnership for the eighth wicket.

Kidd went for 15 with Crossley the final wicket to fall for a vital 55, which included eight boundaries, as Bourne were bowled out for 201.

Steven Crossley's innings was crucial for Bourne in their win at Grantham. (11223632)
Steven Crossley's innings was crucial for Bourne in their win at Grantham. (11223632)

Ross Carnelley made a strong start to the Grantham reply and, although fellow opener Jaden Fell was caught by Rob Dunn off the bowling of Colin Cheer for just six, Nyumbu helped ensure the hosts were well on track for victory.

Carnelley and Nyumbu put on 53 runs for the second wicket until Kidd made the vital breakthrough by bowling the latter for 25.

Freeman lasted just seven deliveries before he was bowled by Berry to leave Grantham on 77-3 and the match finely poised.

Wilson and Carnelley took the home total to 119 before the introduction of Dan Bandaranaike swung the game back in Bourne's favour.

Bandaranaike had Wilson caught behind by Crossley for 27 and then took the crucial wicket of Carnelley for 51 courtesy of Kidd's catch to leave Grantham on 142-5.

Kidd then had Rory Johnson caught by Crossley after facing just six balls with Stevenson following shortly after courtesy of Evison's catch off Cheer which left Grantham on 153-7.

Bourne then cranked up the pressure on their hosts with Joe Peck being run out first ball by Kidd and Bandaranaike bowling Craig Corby off the second delivery he faced.

Bandaranaike then had James Dobson caught by Kidd for 25 to finish with 4-26 off 10 overs as Grantham lost their last three wickets for just five runs to secure a fine win for Bourne who have moved up to third place in the league with unbeaten Sleaford as the new leaders.

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