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Brandon Diplock takes six wickets as Bourne beat Bracebridge Heath in the Lincolnshire Premier League

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A brilliant spell of bowling from Brandon Diplock helped Bourne maintain their relentless push for Lincolnshire Premier League honours with victory over Bracebridge Heath on Saturday.

Diplock produced a sensational nine over spell of 6-17 as perennial title challengers Bracebridge were bowled out for 102 at the Abbey Lawn.

Sam Evison and Pete Morgan then guided Bourne safely past the winning post for their 12th success of the season.

Brandon Diplock (50034788)
Brandon Diplock (50034788)

After last week's vital victory over second-placed Grantham, Bourne knew they needed to follow it up with another win against one of the league's strongest sides.

And Diplock signalled their intentions as he opened up with Colin Cheer with a devastating early charge.

He took three wickets in four balls which reduced the visitors to 3-3 as Alex Moor, Tom McIlwaine and Stuart Fraser-Cattanach all headed back to the pavilion.

Opener Vikram Atri and Alex Willerton briefly steadied the Bracebridge ship until Diplock struck again to bowl Atri for 17.

Willerton was then joined by Oliver Stringer and they took the score to 70 until the former was bowled by Ben Wright for 32.

Wright then had Stringer caught by Morgan five runs later before bowling Joseph Mansford fourth ball to finish his seven overs with 3-28.

Bracebridge were now 75-7 and Diplock soon had his fifth wicket of the afternoon when Ben Franks edged a delivery to wicket-keeper Morgan.

His six-wicket haul was then completed when Will Fraser-Cattanach was caught by Tom Dixon with Jack Berry wrapping up the Bracebridge innings by having Andy Carter caught by Rob Dunn for 24.

Bracebridge refused to roll over though in Bourne's reply as they reduced the hosts to 51-4 with Berry, Jordan Temple, Wright and skipper Courtney Kruger all departing.

However, Morgan joined Evison and they produced an unbroken 52-run stand which secured the six-wicket win.

Evison played a patient 83-ball innings of 41 which featured five fours and a six while Morgan hit three boundaries in his 22 not out as the victory maintained Bourne's 35-point lead over second-placed Grantham who were 97-run winners against Scunthorpe Town.

A half-century from Sam Malton couldn't prevent Market Deeping from falling to a 44-run reversal at second-from-bottom Louth on Saturday.

The hosts had been bowled out for 196 after Deeping had won the toss and elected to field but the Outgang Road side were then dismissed for 152 in their reply.

Alex Green and Josh Smith had been the pick of the visiting attack after taking 3-47 and 3-30 respectively.

Hayatullah Niazi also struck twice but Jason Collinson's unbeaten 52 not out proved crucial for Louth after Laurence Scott had made 29 and Richard Bell 20.

Graham West then added 21 for a Louth side who took three quick Deeping wickets in reply as Collinson accounted for Connor Gillett, Dave Sargeant and Zeeshan Manzoor cheaply.

Malton joined Josh Smith (27) to give Deeping hope but, although the wicket-keeper top-scored with 52, only skipper James Hook (13) and Niazi (16) made double figures from the rest of the order as Louth recorded their third win of the season.

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